Alex Russell

Position: Principal Associate
Phone: +(44)(0)1603 693469
Fax: +(44)(0)1603 633027
Offices:Norwich

What can I do for you?

I specialise in advising a wide range of organisations on immigration and employment matters. I lead our immigration team and help clients to devise solutions for the recruitment and retention of international staff and their dependants. I have experience in preparing a wide variety of visa applications and work closely with employers to help them manage their compliance obligations in what is a dynamic area of law. I regularly deliver training and write on immigration issues. Because I also advise on employment issues, I am able to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of employing and engaging migrant staff.    

In terms of my employment work, I specialise in advising higher education institutions (HEIs) (both chartered and post-1992 institutions), further education colleges, academies and schools on the full spectrum of employment issues. I regularly handle complex and high value employment tribunal claims and have conducted advocacy in the employment tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. I also advise employers on the operation of TUPE (including in relation to outsourcing and establishing shared services), high value severances, redundancies and restructures, discrimination matters, and industrial relations issues.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

I always strive to take a practical and commercial approach to the work I do, providing straightforward and accessible advice while taking into account wider strategic concerns and the need to carefully manage costs.  

Recent work highlights have included helping an HEI implement modern and effective employment procedures by amending its statutes and ordinances, and advising a company on the high profile urgent recruitment of a migrant Chief Executive Officer.

What do others say? 

Chambers UK says: 'Alex Russell is praised for his good legal know-how which he combines with a practical approach. One source commends the quality of his feedback: "He researches to ensure his response is robust, he is clear and he gets back to us quickly."'

Legal 500 describes me as able to unpick complex matters and manage risks effectively'

What else should you know?

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.