A commercial real estate lawyer, specialising in mines and minerals.
Russell advises on joint ventures, development of new sites, acquisition and disposal, and site feasibility for alternative use following restoration. He also advises on acquisition and disposal of investment property and matters associated with the redevelopment of rural and commercial land, including multi-party option and promotion agreements.
Russell acts for landowners and operators in the mines and minerals sector, such as Hanson and The Hills Group, institutional investors including M&G Real Estate and First Property Group plc, and developers such as Henry Boot.
Recent examples of how Russell has helped clients include:
- enabling an institutional investor to purchase a distressed multi-let industrial estate and, by maintaining a good buyer-seller relationship, resolve delays due to title defects;
- enabling the extraction of gravel under a lease, despite uncertainties over third party utility infrastructure; and
- ensuring a developer and a builder could purchase and convert office space to residential use by drafting a contract that matched funding and works input and minimised legal costs.