Neil advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce, children and finances. His clients come from all walks of life, from stay at home parents to captains of industry, high-profile celebrities and owners of family businesses.
He deals with the most straightforward to the most complicated cases involving Trusts and international issues, and has extensive expertise in advising on Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements.
A member of Resolution and pioneer of Divorce Funding, Neil is known for his pragmatic approach and respected for his experience and ability. He advises clients on all aspects of the process and assists with ways to deal with the costs involved - using the law to unlock and protect clients’ financial interests. In this, he endorses the words of Lord Justice Thorpe “…where there is everything to fight for and nothing to fight with”.
When dealing with children related matters, Neil regards the children as his invisible clients. His aim is to protect their future through his advice, steering clients towards an outcome that leaves the family best placed to move forward following the breakdown of a relationship.
Neil is recognised in Legal 500 as being "one of the 'go to' men in the London matrimonial world".
Neil is also a Family Law commentator and regularly appears on LBC Radio on the Family Legal Hour.
- Acted for wife in a sixteen-year marriage with no children. The case was settled after husband argued wife should receive less than half of the matrimonial assets (£9.2m).
- Acted for husband when marriage broke down after just 229 days. All of the assets were pre-acquired by the husband and valued at approximately £5.5m, including £0.5m worth of pension. The case is subject to an appeal.
- Acted for cohabitee around cohabitation and prenuptial agreements where partner was the daughter of wealthy UK rich list family, worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
- Acted for mother in heavily contested Children Act proceedings, spanning over four years. Appropriate Orders were obtained for mother at the end of a final hearing.
2016 - Present | Seddons, Partner
1988 - 2016 | B D Laddie, Partner
"Neil Russell has a burgeoning and increasingly high-profile celebrity practice, with a relaxed manner that puts clients at ease. He instils total confidence" - Legal 500
"Neil Russell has become one of the go-to people in the matrimonial world and is now regularly instructed by top industrialists and politicians. They know they can rely upon his business acumen and common sense to guide them through the most complex of cases" - Legal 500
"Neil Russell has built up an excellent reputation and has become one of the 'go to' men in the London matrimonial world" - Legal 500
Recent articles by Neil
Family Partner Neil Russell comments in eprivateclient on the introduction of a mediation voucher scheme by the MoJ.Read now