Sarah Russell

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Year of election to the Bar:


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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Arbitrators and mediators
Domestic commercial arbitration
International commercial arbitration
Building and construction
Construction and engineering
Consumer protection law
Contractual disputes
Corporate insolvency
Corporations law
International commercial arbitration
Mining and resources
Restraint of trade



Sarah Russell has over 20 years' experience in litigation and has been involved in a wide range of civil, corporate and commercial litigation in Australia and overseas. She has represented and advised clients across a variety of sectors, including many leading Australian and international companies, financial institutions and government agencies.

Sarah joined the Western Australian Bar and commenced practise as a barrister from Francis Burt Chambers in 2010.  Before that she was a senior associate at national Australian law firms, Clayton Utz (2006-2010) and Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) (2003-2006).  Sarah also practised in England for several years before moving to Australia in 2003 (as a legal executive 1990-1998 and as a solicitor 1998-2003).

Sarah’s principal areas of practice are commercial litigation, construction and engineering and competition and consumer law.  She has extensive experience of bringing and defending complex claims in the Supreme Court and Federal Court and regularly receives instructions in matters referred to international and domestic commercial arbitration. She has been involved in disputes arising from major projects across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, energy and resources, health, retail and commercial property development.

Sarah also advises on competition and consumer matters and is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section. She was Deputy Chair of that Committee from 2010 to 2014.



Date of admission:
1998 (England & Wales)
2004 (WA)(NSW)


Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives (England) 1996
Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination) (England) 1996
Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction), (Nottingham Law School, Engand) 1998
Master of Commercial Law, Melbourne University, 2012    

LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers - National Mediator Accreditation - July 2008    

South Eastern Circuit Advanced International Advocacy Course (Keble College, Oxford University, England) - 2014   


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