Russell Reeves - 																					Partner

Russell Reeves

The Paragon
Bristol BS1 6BX

Partner - Agricultural Litigation

Russell is the Head of our Agriculture Litigation Team and works across all offices.

Russell has won cases in the highest courts in the country and has been ranked for many years in the leading national legal directories ‘Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession’.

He has repeatedly forced the Government to change the UK law, his clients are based all over the UK and his cases have been reported in the Telegraph, Times, Guardian, on BBC TV and discussed in the House of Commons.

Russell is a well respected voice in the industry. He is a Member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, the Agricultural Law Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, the Country Land and Business Association and a panel solicitor for the National Farmers Union. He is a regular contributor to leading industry publications including Farmers Weekly, editor of our agriculture newsletter and is invited to speak at seminars throughout the country.

Key Experience

Russell’s relevant experience includes:

  • winning large sums of money for landed estates, land owners, farmers and agribusinesses
  • conducting high-profile cases in the High Court involving agricultural land, and rights of way including the important decision in the Court of Appeal in 2015 for one of Europe’s largest soft fruit companies, EU Plants Ltd
  • acting for farmers all over the UK in high-value farm partnership disputes
  • advising on breach of contract, negligence and nuisance claims such as those relating to the milk market, horticulture, crop damage, land value, seed supply, escaping oil, fertility issues in animals, equestrianism and the supplies of goods and services
  • contentious trusts and inheritance disputes including contesting the validity of Wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, issues arising out of the administration of estates and trusts including the removal of Executors/Trustees, undue influence claims and litigation under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • providing urgent injunction advice such as to a large agricultural company following a Channel 4 News investigation to avoid broadsheet newspaper reports the following day
  • forcing the UK Government to change the national law on the burial of dead animals. He successfully argued that the Government and a Local Authority had breached European Regulations which forced the Government to introduce the Animal By-Products (Amendment) Regulations 2009. R v Brownrigg & Brownrigg (Hansard 23 June 2009) (Farmers Guardian, NFU Pro Journal, Isle of Wight County Press). Through the European Commission and Parliament, Russell then forced the Government to introduce the Animal By-Product (Enforcement) and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
  • acting for the farmers whose livestock contracted Foot and Mouth Disease in 2007 (and the associated test cases), which gave rise to the important decision of D Pride and Partners and Others v (1) Institute for Animal Health (2) Merial Animal Health Limited and (3) DEFRA. [2009] All E.R. (D) 09
  • one of the UK’s leading lawyers in defending the agricultural industry from Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Prosecutions. The largest involving more than 40 dairy farmers across 16 counties in England and Wales, with many cases involving foreign workers, the UK Border Agency and Proceeds of Crime Act
  • successfully defending those in the agricultural industry from prosecutions involving the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards, Health & Safety Executive, DVSA, Defra, RSPCA, Kennel Club, HMRC and Companies House


Membership of: National Farmers Union (NFU), British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (MBIAC), Countryside Alliance, Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Agricultural Law Association (ALA), and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).


Russell Reeves Accolades Russell Reeves Accolades

I was delighted to work with Russell on a complicated case involving EU law and public law. I found him knowledgeable, meticulous and a pleasure to work with.

Cherie Blair (Cherie Booth QC)