Russell has two decades of experience in advising clients how to navigate the complexities of private wealth. He has a personable and collaborative style, and is known for advice that is practical and pragmatic.
Russell works with individuals and families, trustees and family offices, often in an international context.
Russell advises clients on how best to structure their wealth, including wealth preservation, tax and succession planning. He has a particular expertise with regard to tax planning for non-domiciled individuals and non-UK trusts.
He also provides guidance on family governance issues, including how a family can structure its wealth in a way that is consistent with its values, so as to preserve its reputation.
Russell is also responsible for Farrer & Co’s Immigration team. It has particular expertise in advising entrepreneurs, investors and executives. It also frequently advises individuals and families on matters involving political sensitivity.
Russell is known for taking a collaborative approach, which enables him to work well with the clients’ wider professional team.
Russell is recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for private client law.
Russell Cohen is described as ‘very impressive with a good reputation’ and praised for his ‘very good understanding of cross-border Swiss/UK situations.’ ... One interviewee notes that ‘he's very personable with a great bedside manner - he's very knowledgeable and able to articulate complex issues in a straightforward way.’” Chambers UK 2018
Russell is also recommended as a leading individual for personal tax, trusts and probate law in the Legal 500 2017
London's top accountants and tax lawyers have only good words for Cohen … He deftly combines extensive knowledge with a great sense of humour which instantly puts clients at ease." Spears Top Ten Tax Lawyers, 2015
Russell Cohen is a "standout" and a "very good technical lawyer". Chambers High Net Worth Guide
"He's delightful to deal with and makes complex things much easier to understand." Chambers High Net Worth Guide
Russell Cohen is "noted for his excellent client care skills." Chambers UK
Russell Cohen "combines technical ability, a sense of humour and a practical approach." Legal 500
The "absolutely excellent" Russell Cohen "is delightful to deal with and makes complex things much easier to understand." Chambers and Partners
Russell is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).