Coffin Mew solicitors has strengthened its practice with the appointment of ex-magic circle firm litigator James Russell, as partner and head of dispute resolution.

James Russell joins south-coast law firm Coffin Mew as a commercial litigator with particular experience across all aspects of complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including cross-border proceedings. He is also a solicitor-advocate with rights to appear in all higher courts (civil).

James joins the firm from Wilsons where he was a partner, having previously worked as a director at leading litigation boutique Mark Humphries Legal.

He trained and practised in the litigation and arbitration group of Linklaters for a number of years. 

Coffin Mew’s managing partner, Miles Brown said: ‘We have a strong litigation practice that covers the south coast and the appointment of James further strengthens our depth of talent in what is an important area for our clients. I’m delighted to welcome such a strong litigator to the firm.’

James said: ‘I am very pleased to be joining Coffin Mew. It’s an ambitious firm with an outstanding reputation in the market and an excellent fit for my practice. I look forward to expanding the depth and breadth of our capabilities and strengthening the team further.’