ABOUT SCOTT RUSSELL
ABLE TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE BOTH THROUGH HIS ADVOCACY SKILLS AND BY HIS WAY OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE
Russell Legal are a firm who work closely with our clients to ensure we understand your needs, with an eye towards the economics at issue in each matter. We have the expertise to represent business clients in specialised areas, and also the personal touch to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to your needs. We are a boutique style litigation firm designed to achieve our client’s goals with minimal impact on business activities. We enjoy helping our clients achieve their goals (and a celebratory lunch following a successful outcome).
MEET THE TEAM
Scott has a wealth of knowledge acquired over the last fifteen years working with clients in the construction industry. He started his career at Bell Gully, where his first job was working on the longest running construction litigation case in New Zealand – CHH v Rolls Royce & Genesis. He was in court for almost 300 days which either scarred him for life or grew his love of construction law (or maybe a bit of both).
Scott then moved to London, where he was involved in major construction projects and disputes, including litigation relating to the Teeside power station, the largest gas fired power station in Europe, and the Maybourne Hotel Group in London, the billion dollar hotel empire of Patrick McKillen, as well as a variety of other construction related projects big and small.
On his return to New Zealand Scott founded his own law firm to provide direct and pragmatic advice to successfully manage projects and resolve all kinds of construction disputes. Scott has a demonstrated history of success in the private and public sector dealing with complex projects for national and international clients involving construction adjudication, arbitration, mediation and litigation. Having worked for external consultancy firms, in-house as head of litigation, and in the public sector for the Commerce Commission, Scott’s practical experience in working on all sides of the table has given him a unique ability to solve complex legal problems.
Outside of work, Scott enjoys traveling slowly, over long distances, in the least sensible way possible. This has included driving a 7 horsepower moto-rickshaw 3,000km across north India, mountain biking the Camino De Santiago 800 kms across France and Spain, hopping local buses the 10,000km length of South America, and riding in a truck 6,000km from Cape Town to Kenya.
David van Hout
David has approximately 15 years’ experience as a litigator and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has experience working in litigation teams in both private and public practice and working on complex litigation, including working on one of the largest construction product defect liability cases in New Zealand and multimillion dollar claims brought by the statutory managers of the failed Hubbard finance companies.
Midway through his legal career, David ventured to London where he developed a love for a great cup of coffee. He acquired this while working for Freshfields on the multibillion euro merger between the second and third largest coffee companies in the world. His love (or some may say addiction) developed after sampling the various coffee brands to assist with his understanding of the regional coffee tastes in Europe and, more importantly, to sustain himself during the months of no sleep.
After returning to New Zealand, David moved to Auckland. Initially he practised in a boutique construction litigation firm, working with some of New Zealand’s leading Queen’s Counsel, before taking a position as an associate barrister in chambers, where he appeared in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In 2019, David left chambers to join Scott’s dispute resolution and litigation firm, practising in all areas of commercial litigation. David acts for clients ranging from large corporates through to individuals involved in various commercial disputes and uses his knowledge and experience to cut through the noise, negotiating or advocating successful outcomes for his clients.
Ross has 12 years’ experience in a wide range of civil litigation and dispute resolution matters. He has represented clients in the District and High Courts and assisted senior counsel in the Court of Appeal. Ross is also experienced in resolving disputes through mediation and negotiation. He is a graduate of Auckland and Otago Universities, in law and science (microbiology), respectively.
Ross previously worked for two prominent members of Auckland’s civil bar, and at a boutique class action and property litigation firm. He has previously worked on some of New Zealand’s largest defective product class action claims. In addition to an aptitude for the technical aspects of litigation, Ross particularly enjoys working directly with clients and other parties to achieve successful outcomes in a cost-effective and pragmatic manner. Ross enjoys cycling, often to work, but otherwise with his two children in tow.
After graduating with an LLB(Hons) in Law and completing a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice in the UK, Amanda threw caution to the wind and moved to the land of the long white cloud in 2012 to pursue a career in law.
After a bit of sightseeing, Amanda worked as a legal executive for a niche firm specialising in unit title law, weathertight homes litigation and dispute resolution whilst she completed her conversion papers to practice in New Zealand.
Amanda has been involved in numerous multimillion dollar weathertight proceedings for large bodies corporates and has provided practical advice and training to Body Corporate managers and home-owners in all areas of unit title law.
Amanda has successfully appeared in the Tenancy Tribunal, District Court, High Court on behalf of clients and knows all too well that the more you know at the start, the better prepared you are for what lies ahead.
Amanda is also an active member of the Auckland District Law Society’s Newly Suited Committee and in her spare time is a committee member for the local athletics club and enjoys creating complicated baked goods for friends and family.
Karen migrated to New Zealand in 2001 but was born and raised in Malaysia. Upon arriving in NZ, Karen studied Economics, Finance and Taxation at The University of Auckland. After graduating, she worked in project finance for 10 years, including stints in Asia and Europe, before deciding to return to NZ and retrain as a lawyer. Karen has always been passionate about the law and dispute resolution, so the decision to retrain as an advocate was a no-brainer.
In 2018, Karen graduated from the Auckland University Law School with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship and Honours. After being admitted, she practiced as a junior Barrister and appeared at all levels of Senior Courts including successfully opposing a leave to appeal application in the Supreme Court. Karen practiced general commercial litigation for around 3 years in chambers, but when an opportunity arose to join Russell Legal early 2021, she seized it!
Currently, Karen is also training to become an arbitrator and mediator, and studying towards an LLM. She really enjoys working in commercial litigation because it is intellectually stimulating, and could not ask for better team mates than her colleagues at Russell Legal.
Nicole is a final year BCom/LLB(Hons) student at The University of Auckland and will complete her degree in October 2022. She is interested in civil and commercial litigation. She joined Russell Legal as a part-time law clerk in July 2021 to support the team with discovery, trial preparation, and file management.
Since then, Nicole has also researched various legal issues, in particular, in relation to the CCCFA for the banking class action. She has also prepared and filed affidavits and communicated with representative plaintiffs.
Nicole has had experience leading the TEDxUoA marketing team and running her own social media marketing business, honing her creative skills, which have come in handy on the various occasions we have made a LinkedIn post.
Andrew O’Malley Shand
Andrew is in his final year of a BA/LLB(Hons) at the University of Auckland. He will finish his dissertation in October 2022. He joined Russell Legal as a part-time law clerk in July 2021.
At University, he has found particular success and joy in negotiation and mediation competitions, winning locally and internationally. To date, his most rewarding experience has been to coach the University’s winning team for the Transatlantic Negotiation Competition 2022.
Outside of University, he has many experiences that have honed his love of learning and personal development. His previous roles include clerking at a criminal defence firm, waitering in a restaurant, as a barista in a café, and as a pizza chef. He is strongly inclined to service, which has led him to environmental restoration projects, a community law centre, and the Equal Justice Project – a University of Auckland-based charity. Needless to say, he loves to challenge himself and learn new skills.