David Russell AM QC

+971569501948

David Russell AM QC

Barrister  |  Outer Temple Chambers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

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

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family succession structures
Family management structures

Q&A

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.


Yann Mrazek

+971 4 295 57 27

Yann Mrazek

Managing Partner  |  M/HQ
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Switzerland
Dubai

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private Client
Legacy Planning
Asset Protection

Q&A

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

Significantly contributing to the recent regional evolution and advancements in the field of private wealth management, leading the education effort that resulted in the introduction and substantial spread of foundations in the Middle East.

How did you get into private client?

When I landed in the Gulf, 15+ years of Gulf presence, with no Common law training nor relevant experience, there was now private client practice to speak of in the region. It was a logical space to start in while all other firms were busy focusing on other fields of the law. Fast forward to 2020 and M/HQ's award winning team is vastly considered the leading practice expert in the Gulf.

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.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I am a lover of gastronomy and a wine enthusiast - I am working towards becoming a bona fide connoisseur.

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

Pierre Gagnaire's Bistro, Paris, France.