Russell Davies

What I do

I specialise in commercial dispute resolution, helping clients to resolve their differences and achieve the most commercially acceptable solutions in the most cost-effective way. As well as disputes arising from contracts, I deal with business ownership disputes, property-related disputes and have a particular specialism in litigation relating to leases and tenancies of pubs. My job is to advise clients on their options and to help them decide which of those options should be pursued.

I bring a wealth of knowledge to the team, having been practising for over 25 years. I have been known to bring in cakes occasionally, although my colleagues would probably say not often enough. I am a bit of a grammar pedant. I’m very proud of the team – they are a great bunch of talented lawyers.

I am married with three grown up children and two dogs. My interests include playing golf, watching pretty much any sport but with a particular interest in football and rugby. My favourite team is Shrewsbury Town, but living in Derby it is impossible not to feel an affinity for Derby County. I’m a big fan of the England Rugby team and love a good day out at Twickenham.

We've been working with the Smith Partnership for 15+ years and found the professionalism, service and more importantly breadth of knowledge through the various departments second to none. We would have no qualms recommending them for any legal work which needs undertaking.

Client, Dispute Resolution

I have used Smiths for several years now and I have the confidence within them to provide consistent quality of advice and professionalism as standard.

Even in some adverse times they have shown stability of strategy and thought which you come to expect from their wealth of experienced partners.

Expectations have been tempered to ensure a satisfactory outcome and most credit for this goes to Russell Davies.

Client, Sports

Thank you very much for all your support on this, it has been hugely appreciated and your advice throughout has been invaluable. I would totally trust you to deal with future cases.

Client, Dispute Resolution

Just a big thank you - I would totally trust you to deal with future cases.

Client, Dispute Resolution

Clients from across the UK instruct Smith Partnership in commercial claims relating to director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contract and construction claims, among others. The Derby offering is headed by ‘knowledgeable and highly skilled’ Russell Davies, who has significant experience in property disputes with commercial development aspects as well as commercial lease disputes.

The Legal 500, 2023

Russell Davies – Knowledgeable and highly skilled individual who is always on hand to offer advice and support. Always offers a commercial decision as well as legal advice.

The Legal 500, 2023

Noted for its ‘very good response and service levels’, Smith Partnership has particular strength in property litigation and litigation regarding breweries, both specialisms of practice head and mediator Russell Davies, who attracts praise for his ‘experience, honesty and understanding of situations from a legal and personal perspective’.

The Legal 500, 2022

Russell Davies has a very proactive approach with our business relationship and regularly offers advice to our company without being prompted. This demonstrates that our partnership is long term and we feel very valued as a client. We intend to strengthen this relationship by working on many more legal cases moving forward.

The Legal 500, 2023

Smith Partnership acts on all types of claims, from lease renewal disputes to rent arrears claims and residential tenancy possessions. Practice head Russell Davies has a niche specialism in disputes relating to leases and tenancies of pubs and is lauded by clients for his 'very proactive approach'. Associate Liam Kreibich 'provides excellent support and legal advice' to residential landlords and is particularly experienced in relation to possession claims.

The Legal 500, 2023