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Russell Bailey - Commercial Litigation

Russell provides advisory and advocacy expertise across a broad range of civil practice areas with an emphasis on business, commerce and employment issues. He has business experience independent of the Bar and is adept at combining business acumen with legal expertise and analysis. Particular areas of specialisation include:

• Commercial agency disputes under the 1993 Regulations. Russell has considerable experience of advising and representing both principals and agents. He is also regularly instructed as a mediator in relation to such claims.

• Franchise disputes. 

• Disputes arising from the breakdown of family businesses and/or quasi partnerships where a multi-factorial approach needs to be taken to consider the interests of the parties as employees, directors, shareholders and potential competitors. Claims include injunctive relief restraining breaches of restrictive covenants or breach of confidentiality, minority shareholders’ petitions and directors’ duties.

• Joint venture agreements and claims for the wrongful exploitation of confidential information.

• Claims for breach of restrictive covenants following the sale of a business.

• Sale of goods and carriage of goods.

• Security interests in goods arising, for example, from repairer’s liens, contracts of bailment, commercial leasing arrangements and sales of goods with reservation of title.

• Contracts of indemnity and guarantee including insurance contract disputes.

• Professional (non-medical) negligence.


LLB (Lond)
Post Grad Dip International Mediation (Lond)
Accredited Mediator (SPC Regents College)
FCIArb (Arbitration)
FCIArb (Mediation)


Employment Law Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Oxford Mediation Group
International Mediation Institute

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Russell Bailey is a ”first tier barrister” who has a “great ability to tease out the real issues in a complex legal dispute”
Legal 500 2011

“A robust and persuasive advocate”    
Legal 500 2010


Euro London v Claessens CA [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 436 
– whether a fee refund provision in a recruitment agency agreement amounted to a lawful condition precedent or an unlawful penalty clause.

Ali v Sovereign Buses UKEAT/0274/06 
– whether the Article 6 right to a fair trial applies to the dismissal process.

Ibekwe v London General Transport Services Limited CA [2003] IRLR 697
– the extent of an employer’s obligation to notify employees of options upon the alteration of pension arrangements.