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Practice areas

  • Private Client Services
  • Tax

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 qualified as a solicitor in 2000.


  • Recognised in the Hall of Fame, "Russell Cohen continues to do amazing work; he is a great lawyer." (Legal 500 2021)

    Russell Cohen is described as "bright and sharp" by one source. He advises high net worth clients on estate and succession planning and is particularly well regarded for his client manner. A source calls him "brilliant - very clever and very insightful." A wealth professional notes: "He has a great sense of humour which really helps on complex client situations." Chambers HNW 2020

    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

    "He has a very sharp mind and great international experience." Chambers Global 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 listed as a Top Ten 2020, Tax and Trust lawyer in Spear's 500 Magazine 2021 edition.

    Russell is also listed in the Private Client Global Elite 2021 directory, and was also listed in ALM’s Private Client Global Elite 2019.

    Russell won Tax and Trust Lawyer of the Year at the Spear's Wealth Management Awards 2019.

    He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). 

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