David Russell AM QC

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David Russell AM QC

Barrister  |  Outer Temple Chambers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Australia
United Arab Emirates
England and Wales
Papua New Guinea
New Zealand

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Asset holding structures
Tax

Q&A

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

Completion and implementation of the DIFC's Wealth Management Review, including enactment of new Foundations and Trust Laws.

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.


Yann Mrazek

+971 4 295 57 27

Yann Mrazek

Managing Partner  |  M/HQ
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Switzerland
Dubai

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private client
Legacy planning
Asset protection

Q&A

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

I have been instrumental in the development of the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (DIFC WPR which has been live since April 2015), actively engaged in reviewing and providing input in respect of the draft Rules of the DIFC WPR.
Since elected Chair of STEP Arabia in Q2 2015, the branch has gained an increasingly prominent role regionally and grown its membership by 30%.
With a number of topical regulatory changes that have been introduced in the UAE over the past months (corporate migration regimes now available across various UAE jurisdictions and launch of foundation regimes in both DIFC and ADGM), I have also been facilitating trainings on these subjects for various banks and legal corporate teams, so as to provide a good understanding of these structures and as well as discuss the practice of such tools and their impact on their clients’ business.

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

Come to every meeting with an open approach.

What is your favourite quote?

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for We,” Phil Jackson, Head Coach LA Lakers.