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 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
"Forcefully defends his clients’ position whilst acknowledging the benefits of settling litigation, if it can be achieved" - Legal 500
"Oodles of common sense" - Legal 500
Recent articles by Neil
A case involving attempted murder and matrimonial assets has made its way to Parliament.Read now
Family Partner Neil Russell gives his expert opinion on the change in law allowing heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership.Read now