We’d like to wish the following artists good luck for tomorrow’s Brit Awards:

Coldplay who will be opening the ceremony on a pontoon on the Thames near the O2 Arena.  You can read further info here:

Celeste who has three nominations (for Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Mastercard Album with “Not Your Muse”).

Jessie Ware who has two nominations (for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album with “What’s Your Pleasure”).

Good luck to all three!


Russells would like to acknowledge and raise awareness of the fantastic work by Music Support, who are celebrating five years supporting the music & live events industries with mental ill-health and/or addiction.

You can watch the story of Cam, a guitar tech, who sent Music Support a late night email four years ago that changed his life:

Music Support’s next venture will be raising awareness of the “Music Support Perfect Fifth Party”. You can take a look and donate to this cause via the Perfect Fifth JustGiving campaign page:

You can see all the other great work they’re doing here:


We would like to congratulate Alex Cole, Sebastian Davey and Elizabeth Scandrett who have all been made Senior Associates at the firm.

Tibor Jones – Welbeck Publishing Partnership

Congratulations to Tibor Jones on the announcement of their new children’s fiction partnership with Welbeck Publishing and the forthcoming publication of the partnership’s first title “The Boy Behind the Wall”.

Dry Cleaning – No 4!

We would like to congratulate Dry Cleaning who have gone to number 4 on the Official Albums Chart with their debut album “New Long Leg”.

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Billboard Top Music Lawyers 2021

Congratulations to Jo Brittain, Simon Esplen, Chris Gossage, Gavin Maude, John Reid and Steven Tregear who have all been recognised in Billboard Magazine’s 2021 Top Music Lawyers feature:

Brit Awards 2021 – Nominations

Dua Lipa, Celeste, Arlo Parks, Young T & Bugsey and Joel Corry lead 2021 BRITs nominations

Russells would like to congratulate the following artists on their nominations at this year’s Brit Awards:

Celeste who has three nominations (for Female Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Mastercard Album with “Not Your Muse”).

Jessie Ware who has two nominations (for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album with “What’s Your Pleasure”).

This year’s BRIT Awards will take place on 11th May at London’s O2 Arena.

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For many years Russells has had a dedicated team of solicitors engaged in pursuing the proprietors of The Sun and The Mirror on behalf of those of our clients whose private information has been obtained by either phone hacking or other unlawful means employed by these newspapers.

Earlier this month, Russells issued court proceedings against MGN Ltd (which owns The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror and The People) on behalf of both the Estate of Amy Winehouse and Cheryl Tweedy.

These are the latest in a long list of cases we have pursued, most of which have successfully settled before court proceedings were even necessary.

Even though the phone hacking and other unlawful actions by these newspapers took place as long ago as the nineties and noughties, it is still possible for you to bring these type of claims.

If you think your phones were hacked during the period of 1991 to 2011 and are interested in pursuing a claim then please contact Steven Tregear or Dan Hoyle.

Celeste – Oscar Nomination

Russells would like to congratulate Celeste on her nomination at this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony.  She has been nominated for the song she wrote with her writing partner Daniel Pemberton for the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7.  The nomination is for Best Original Song with their song “Hear My Voice”.

The winners will be announced at the 93rd Academy Awards Ceremony taking place on 25th April.

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Mothers’ Details To Be Included On Marriage Certificates For The First Time

From May 2021 mothers’ details will be included on marriage certificates in England and Wales for the first time, as part of a wider programme of modernisation to the registration of marriages brought in by reforms to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019.

Traditionally marriage certificates have only included information about the couple’s fathers’ names, ages and occupations, reflecting the social attitudes at the time the Marriage Act 1836 was brought in. Times have moved on, however, and following an online petition in 2014 which gained 70,600 signatures, the inequality was brought to the attention of Parliament. From May 2021, mothers’ names, ages and occupations will appear alongside details of the couple’s fathers.

This is part of broader changes to how marriages are registered in England and Wales, which will see the whole system move from paper-based to online. Paper marriage certificates will no longer be issued. Instead, couples will either sign a marriage schedule issued by the register office in case of civil weddings, or for ecclesiastical marriages taking place in the Church of England or Church in Wales a marriage document which will be entered into a central online marriage register maintained by the Registrar General.

The government will be releasing guidance on its website for couples getting married when the changes come in, but if you have questions about the changes or you are contemplating marriage and would like any advice about its legal aspect, please contact Carol Ellinas, Lucy Hoare or Andrew Miles from our Family Department who will be happy to assist.