Elaine Russell

Year of Call 2020        

Prior to calling to the bar Elaine was a solicitor in private practice for over 20 years. She has wide experience across the spectrum of complex Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence work. This includes serious injury and fatal road traffic, aviation accidents, employers’ liability, occupiers’ and public liability, industrial disease work and medical product litigation.

Elaine has extensive experience in both the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session. Elaine held senior litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, was a Personal Injury Accredited Specialist with the Law Society and was the Scottish coordinator for the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.

During her time in private practice Elaine was described by Chambers UK as ‘an accomplished solicitor who sees problems before they appear; very astute, experienced and extremely professional.‘

Gallacher & Ors v SC Cheadle Hulme Ltd & Ors- [2014] CSOH 103
As a Solicitor, Court of Session action for multiple pursuers family member of deceased who died of mesothelioma. Highest reported awards in terms of section 4(3)(b) of Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 for bereavement awards for loss of society.


Young v Advocate General for Scotland and Dicketts v Advocate General for Scotland- 2011 SLT (News) 38
As a Solicitor, Civil jury trial for family members of young men killed in Nimrod Afghanistan aircrash. Legal case was based on systemic breach of military covenant. The Young case was the first reported bereavement award made to a deceased’s sibling.

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