Will Russell

Will Russell

Background

Will is an assistant solicitor in our Bristol office. He joined DPG as a paralegal in October 2013, before completing his training contract with the firm and qualifying as a solicitor in November 2016.

Before joining DPG Will worked as a paralegal for a Legal Aid firm specialising in public law, criminal defence and a broad range of prison law work. He also volunteered at the Public Law Project.

Expertise

Will assists Frances Lipman, Daniel Carey and Ugo Hayter on cases within their human rights and public law practices. These practices span a wide range of areas, including immigration detention, access to healthcare, migrant support, community care, discrimination, challenges to cuts in public services and Human Rights Act claims.

While at DPG Will has also worked on cases bringing scrutiny and accountability to the actions of the UK government abroad, including judicial review challenges to the Ministry of Justice’s bid to sell prison services to Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Defence’s training of the Sudanese Armed Forces, notwithstanding their involvement in serious human rights abuses.

Will has particular expertise in helping Victims of Trafficking. He has worked on a number of cases challenging deficiencies in the framework of identification and protection measures. He provides training to voluntary groups working in this area and regularly receives referrals from charities working in this sector.

Will also provides training to junior doctors on medico-legal report writing for immigration detainees, drawing on his experience of working with victims of torture and other vulnerable people detained by the state.