Russell Beard is a Partner in Laytons’ Disputes group.  His work incorporates all forms of dispute resolution and commercial litigation, including mediation and arbitration.


Russell has considerable experience of handling substantial and complex claims which often have an international angle.  His experience spans businesses in various industry sectors, including technology, product design and manufacturing, supply chains, gambling, outsourced services, clinical research, retail/fashion, banking/finance, property development and construction.

Russell’s practice often involves:

  • High Court/County Court/IPEC litigation

  • Arbitration

  • Mediation

  • Adjudication

  • Injunctions/freezing orders to protect or seize assets, prevent harm, achieve compliance or obtain information

  • Cross-border issues

Russell’s approach balances tenacity with commercial pragmatism.  He has a deep of knowledge of the strategies and motivations which drive litigation, derived from over 17 years’ experience.  He applies that knowledge to press for early and favourable resolutions and to achieve clients’ commercial goals.

Russell speaks fluent French and regularly works with French businesses, individuals and lawyers.


Contact details
Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 8000
DDI: +44 (0)20 7842 8054
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Qualified as a Solicitor in 2001


“a key contact” — Legal 500 2019


… contentious IP partner Russell Beard is ‘calm and organised’ and has recently been handling a high-level trade mark matter…”
— Legal 500

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