David Russell AM QC


David Russell AM QC

Barrister  |  Outer Temple Chambers

United Arab Emirates
England and Wales
Papua New Guinea
New Zealand


Family succession structures
Family management structures


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

A Court of Appeal application in Dubai which will set out at some length how the structures in the DIFC can be used by families and whether they meet Sharia requirements.

How did you get into private client?

Through tax, which was my speciality initially. I was the President of the Tax Institute of Australia, then I joined STEP and became the successive chair of STEP NSW, Australia and STEP worldwide.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Remember that you are part of a profession that, provided its constraints are respected and rigorously followed, contributes much to the future of the world and human freedom. Never underestimate your capacity or diminish your ambition.

What is your favourite quote?

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Politics and history.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Gaia, Dubai.