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Russell is a senior associate - solicitor and head of the firm's property disputes team and widely regarded as one of the Thames Valley's leading property disputes lawyers. He has been recognised as a star associate in the Chambers legal directory for the past 15 years. He has twenty four years’ experience in dealing with a wide variety of property disputes involving both commercial and residential property.

Russell advises a number of high profile clients including national house builders and telecommunications companies on all aspects of development and commercial landlord & tenant disputes. His areas of expertise also include disputed break clauses, dilapidations claims, commercial lease renewal, rights of way, rights to light, adverse possession, restrictive covenants, boundary issues and contested leasehold enfranchisement.

Commentary in the Legal 500 directory states “Russell May provides clients with an excellent good quality and responsive service always presented in a pragmatic, jargon-free way. I always enjoy working with Russell.”

Recent work highlights include:

  • Advising a well known aggregates company in relation to a land heave event on neighbouring land as a result of alleged excessive stockpiling of material on the client’s land.
  • Acting for a national newspaper in relation to a disputed guarantee and break clause on a leasehold property that it had assigned to another company which subsequently went into liquidation.
  • Acting for a group of top floor tenants in pursuing a claim against the freeholder of a block of flats who planned to add another storey on to the top of the building, above their flats.
  • Acting for a property developer in connection with resisting a claim brought by a neighbouring landowner in the First Tier Tribunal for a prescriptive (long use) right of way over the developer’s land and which would compromise its development plans.

He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association.


  • Development & house building
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Property dispute resolution
Russell May is very helpful and will always respond to enquiries straight away. He give his honest opinion even though it’s not always what the client wants to hear to make sure there is no a false sense of security.’ 'We have worked with Russell May for the past two years. He has always been well informed and precise in his outlining of our case at every stage we have been through. He has given us useful advice and pointed out options for us to consider with clarity and good detail.

Legal 500


Russell May provides clients with an excellent good quality and responsive service always presented in a pragmatic, jargon-free way. I always enjoy working with Russell.

Legal 500


He delivered an exceptionally high standard of work and he's very commercially aware. We have full trust in Russell and know he will guide us and give us all the information we need along the way.

Chambers 2023

One of the region's top rated Property Litigation lawyers. “Sound Lawyer with plenty of potential.” “Straight forward and direct.”

Chambers guide to the legal profession

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