Celeste – John Lewis Christmas Advert

Russells would like to congratulate Celeste on her involvement in this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

“A Little Love”, which was written and performed by Celeste, is the first original song to be used in the advert’s history.


Coldplay – MTV Europe Music Awards

Russells would like to congratulate Coldplay on their win at this year’s EMAs.  They won in the Best Rock category which was announced on 9th November 2020.


Appeal court success for Family department

Russells recently represented the Respondent mother in successfully defending an appeal in the High Court.

The background to the case concerned a Consent Order from December 2018 which provided for  the father to make a housing fund of £2.75 million available for the purchase of a new home for the mother and the children. It also made provision for periodical payments and some other capital sums and a costs award for legal fees.  The father lived in Switzerland.

The father sought permission to appeal against directions made by a Judge in the Central Family Court, in respect of the mother’s applications  for enforcement and committal where the father had failed to adhere to the terms of this Consent Order. He was also appealing against Costs Allowance Orders made by the lower court, in order for the mother to pursue the enforcement of the Consent Order.  The father also sought to admit further evidence in support of his application.

The father’s application to admit further evidence was dismissed as being totally without merit and the father’s application for permission to appeal was refused.  Although it is unusual for a Costs Order to be made in permission applications, the Judge also awarded costs to the mother for the work which had to be carried out to defend the father’s application. 

The full judgment can be found here:  https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2020/2906.html

The Family and Matrimonial Department here at Russells regularly represent clients in complex Schedule 1 matters including those where there is a huge disparity in assets between the parties and where assets are held outside of the jurisdiction. 

Please contact Carol Ellinas or Lucy Hoare in the Family and Matrimonial department for further advice and assistance.

New Starter – Family & matrimonial

Russells would like to welcome Andrew Miles, formerly at Withers, who has joined the Family & Matrimonial Department which continues to grow despite the impact of COVID-19.


Congratulations to Nathan Dawe’s “Flowers”, featuring Jaykae and client Malika, which is now Brit Certified Platinum!  

Dalai Lama – Grammy consideration

Russells would like to congratulate Khandro Records and The Dalai Lama on “INNER WORLD” being entered in the New Age Album category for this year’s Grammy consideration.


Mika’s Beirut Benefit Concert Raises More Than £1 Million

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Thanks to tickets sales, sponsorships and additional GoFundMe donations from fans Mika’s “I Heart Beirut” benefit concert has officially raised more than 1 million pounds.  The money will be split between two charities: the Lebanese Red Cross and Save the Children.

 Fans from over 120 countries purchased tickets and tuned into the livestream which took place on 19th September 2020.

Additional donations can be made at Mika’s GoFundMe campaign page:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/ilovebeirut
A charity t-shirt is also for sale, with 100% of net proceeds to be split between the charities also:  https://shopus.mikasounds.com


Potter Payper – UK Album Chart

Russells would like to congratulate Potter Payper on reaching Number 3 in the Official UK Album Chart with his mixtape “Training Day 3”.

Photo: https://twitter.com/officialcharts/status/1309528345252704256?s=21 

Doves go to Number One!

Congratulations to Doves who went straight to number one with their new album “The Universal Want” in the UK charts.  It comes 11 years after their last album and is their third album to reach number 1.

Tomos Roberts “The Great Realisation”

Congratulations to Tomos Roberts a/k/a Probably Tomfoolery on the publication of his book The Great Realisation based on his poem of the same name first performed during the lockdown.

Check it out at https://www.probablytomfoolery.com/