John Russell Consultant

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Contact Details

“John Russell is praised for his 'straight-forward and candid advice.'”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2011
John is the head of our Social Housing sector group and specialises in land acquisition for development and grant funding agreements. 

Main areas of practice 

John is highly experienced in landlord and tenant work, commercial leases, as well as collaboration and development agreements.


John's clients include a number of Registered Providers and national residential developers.

Other expertise

Social Housing: advises developing housing associations on how to structure transactions to meet regulatory and commercial requirements whilst satisfying the site specific requirements of the parties. John has negotiated many forms of agreement including options, building agreements, conditional contracts, assignment of rights, outright purchases and collaboration agreements. In addition John has drafted and advised clients on grant funding agreements with the HC, HCA, local authorities and PCTs and has also advised clients on recipient agreements and the creation of asset backed vehicles.


Articles by John

Council victory brings risk of increased costs for developers


Developers may come under increased pressure to contribute towards the costs of maintaining estate roads and street furniture after they have been adopted as maintainable at public expense under Section 38 of the Highways Act.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?

In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.

Another contaminated land liability stream for developers to contend with

Developers are geared up to carry out necessary remediation of brownfield sites through the planning process, but what happens if there is historical contamination on land that they have sold to homeowners years before?

Legal Viewpoint - Obligations route blocked on parking permit restrictions

A Court of Appeal ruling last month involving planning permission to convert a building in west London from five flats to eight explored...