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Russell Strong


Russell leads our marine law and international trade practice.  A partner, he is consistently rated by The Legal 500 and has been described as both ‘tenacious and analytical’.

Russell is regularly instructed to act in high-value, multi-jurisdictional claims, including contract disputes, shareholder petitions, and issues arising out of the international carriage of goods.

He has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on commodities and dry shipping and has handled disputes ranging from alleged breaches of a variety of commercial agreements, to challenges to arbitral awards before the English Commercial Court, to ship arrests in a number of jurisdictions. Russell has acted for clients in the Business and Property Courts, the major arbitral forums, and in specialist maritime procedures such as LMAA, GAFTA and SCMA

He has more than 14 years’ experience acting for commercial and individual clients across this broad range of contentious issues and has significant experience of international arbitration.  Russell joined from a leading international dispute resolution firm, Zaiwalla & Co, in June 2021.

Recent work has included:

  • Acting for a Russian claimant in a LCIA Arbitration claiming orders for payment (of circa US $190million), account of assets and disclosure, in a dispute arising out of various breaches of agreements relating to the division of international assets.
  • Acting for a Russian director/shareholder and a director in a heavily contested unfair prejudice petition and cross-petition in the Chancery Division. The relevant company, incorporated in the UK, but principally operating worldwide from Moldova, was turning over in excess of US $166million.
  • Acting for a Ras Al Khaimah domiciled shipowner against a global specialty insurer and reinsurer in a claim in the Commercial Court. The claimant sought circa US $4million by way of an indemnity and/or sums due from the defendant pursuant to a contract for marine insurance.
  • Acting for a private investor claimant in a LCIA Arbitration claiming specific performance against another shareholder, a Russian funder, of the respondent’s obligation to purchase all the claimant’s shares in a technology company for circa US $24million pursuant to a contractual notice served in a deadlock situation.


The Legal 500 2021 reports:

“Russell Strong is extremely hard working and puts the client’s needs first.”

“I would highly recommend Russell Strong. He has a broad commercial practice, involving international disputes. He is a strong litigator and tactician. He looks at the end goal which his client wishes to achieve and then works out how best to achieve that goal. A real fighter and a good negotiator, who has a good grasp of both law and procedure. He is also very user-friendly.”


In his spare time, Russell enjoys spending time with his young family (when they are behaving) and watching sport. Despite the effect on his blood pressure and hair colour, he remains a loyal Arsenal supporter and has “enjoyed” a season ticket at the club for 15 years.

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