Russell Hopkins

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Russell Hopkins

Barrister and Associate

Call: 2008 (Solicitor); 2018 (Bar)

Contact details:

Telephone +44 203 709 9474

Russell is a barrister and an associate at Bright Line Law, with experience in general civil and criminal litigation, most recently involving the financial aspects of international crimes in complex and high-value cases, representing parties in trials and on appeal.

In 2008, Russell qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and Wales, and he exercised advocacy rights as a solicitor-advocate. He has cross-qualified as a barrister and has been called to the Bar with rights of audience in England and Wales.

Russell began his legal career with Herbert Smith Freehills as a trainee, subsequently rising to become an associate and then senior associate. His work encompassed complex litigation, arbitration, contentious regulatory and criminal investigations. He spent three years as a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ in-house advocacy unit, acting as a junior to leading counsel, both in-house and external. In 2010-2011, Russell was selected to work as a judicial assistant to Lord Collins and Lord Wilson in the UK Supreme Court. Russell left Herbert Smith Freehills in 2014, and before joining Bright Line Law, he spent several years acting as an expert legal adviser to trial judges of the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - a position funded by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Russell has published numerous blog posts, articles and a book chapter on aspects of international corporate crime.


2012-2013  LLM, University of Strathclyde (Distinction)
2004-2005  LPC, BPP Law School (Distinction)
2003-2004  PgDL, City University (Commendation)
1999-2003  BA (PPE), University of Oxford (2.1)

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