Russell Wilcox

Dr Russell Wilcox

Call: 2000

Dr Russell Wilcox read Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has a PhD in Law from the University of London and was an academic for several years.

He continues to publish academic work when his practice permits and is a visiting lecturer at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

He was an associate member of McNair Chambers in Qatar where he worked on a number of large-scale cross-jurisdictional commercial disputes and on international arbitral proceedings.

He has a busy practice in fields of public, regulatory and civil and commercial law. He is instructed in a wide range of civil and commercial proceedings, both first instance and appellate. He appears in the County Court, the Chancery Division of the High Court and the Lands Tribunal including in high value multi-track cases.

In the field of regulatory law, he appears before various disciplinary bodies and tribunals, including, in particular, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, as well as being instructed before the High Court on associated statutory appeals.

He was a junior disclosure counsel in the Grenfell inquiry and disclosure counsel in Athenasios Sophocleus & Others v Secretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Defence relating to actions of the Colonial Administration in Cyprus during the Cyprus Emergency 1956-1959.

He also practices at all levels, from the First-Tier Tribunal to the Court of Appeal, in the field of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality law.

In addition to his independent practice, Dr Wilcox is appointed Senior Independent Director on the Board of Directors at Medefer Ltd, a healthcare technology company.


Russell has very considerable experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. In relation to the same, he regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, as well as to the High Court and the Court of Appeal, where he has been lead and sole counsel in a number of cases.

His experience of judicial review claims is extensive.

In addition to his experience in immigration and nationality claims, he has recent experience advising in relation to challenges to Ofsted inspections, and other aspect of education law.

Russell has experience in different areas of commercial and property law. He has worked on a number of cross-border, multi-jurisdictional claims, including in relation to international arbitral proceedings.

He has experience dealing with issues arising out of commercial tenancies under the Land Lord and Tenant Act 1954, as well as out of domestic tenancies, possession proceedings and enfranchisement law.

He has a particular interest in informal trusts and how they arise, having appeared in the important case of  Faizi v Tahir [2019] EWHC 1627 (QB) (25 June 2019).

He has also represented clients in multi-day litigation involving allegations of breach of contract and documentary fabrication, as well as making and/or resisting multiple applications under the CPR for relief from sanctions, complex pre-action disclosure and appeals.

He has some experience in costs litigation arising out of cases in the above areas, and has recently secured permission to appeal to the High Court a case management decision made by a costs Master in relation to detailed assessment proceedings.

Russell is keen to accept instructions in all areas of Clinical Negligence and Healthcare Law.

In light of his involvement as a director of an healthcare tech company, and his considerable background in public and regulatory law, he has a growing interest

Russell has experience in a range of personal injury and related tortious claims.

He has a particular interest in claims which straddle the public/private divide. These include more standard public liability claims, but also a number of extremely complex unlawful detention claims, litigated through the High Court, in which issues of public law authority to detain are central and hotly disputed.

Additionally, he has experience in the range of Employers Liability, Road Traffic, and Occupier’s Liability PI claims, in which he regularly acts both for claimants and insurer defendants.

Russell has a busy cross-border and travel practice, including claims under the Package Travel Regulations and involving accidents abroad in multiple jurisdictions.

He has experience dealing with the various jurisdictional matters that are thrown up in this fascinating area of law, of advising in relation the requirements for local standard and foreign law evidence.

He also has an interest in claims brought under the Montreal and Athens conventions.

He regularly contributes to the Monday Morning Briefings.

Russell is keen to develop his practice in to all areas of Police law. From his considerable experience dealing with unlawful detention litigation in relation to immigration law, he has a particular interest in cases involving claims that the Police have exceeded their lawful powers, and how that plays out in the context of civil liability. He is very comfortable acting both for claimants and defendants in relation to the same.

Russell has extensive and broad experience in the field of regulatory law. He has represented clients both in healthcare and in legal services regulatory settings. He has reported cases in statutory appeals related to the same.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. To see my privacy notice click here.

  • Bar Vocational Course
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (City University)
  • PhD (Law) (London University)
  • LLM (London University)
  • MA (History) (Oxon)

  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v Akter & Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 741, [2022] WLR(D) 236
  • R (Akinola & Anor) v Upper Tribunal & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 1308
  • Husson v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 329
  • R (Bajracharya) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKUT 417
  • Faizi v Tahir [2019] EWHC 1627 (QB) (25 June 2019)
  • Kaur & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 411
  • Arjomandkhah v Nasrouallahi [2018] EWHC B11 (Costs)
  • Newell-Austin v Solicitors Regulatory Authority [2017] EWHC 411 (Admin)
  • BP(Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA 638

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