Paul Russell is senior partner at Russell Advocaten. He assists entrepreneurs in national and international disputes on corporate governance, contracts, and corporate litigation. Paul is a seasoned litigator, combining tenacity and creativity with profound legal knowledge. This enables him to find the desired solution for his clients, even if it does not seem to be quite possible at first.
In addition, he specializes in divorces involving large assets and enterprises. He also advises and litigates in art related cases for art dealers, museums and collectors.
Paul was a member of the Dutch Senate for many years. He currently serves on the boards and supervisory boards of various charitable organizations.
Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. has registered the following legal areas in the register of legal areas of the Netherlands Bar:
According to the standards of the Netherlands Bar the registration obliges me to obtain ten training credits per year in each of the registered legal areas.
Paul Russell regularly writes about current legal developments. Below is an overview of his blogs, newsletters, books and articles.
The Dutch restitution policy returns to its original principles and is rightly becoming more generous. Cases that have already been settled can also be resubmitted. What will change in the policy?read on
The sale of a drawing by Rubens, owned by Princess Christina, at an auction in New York caused great indignation and a discussion about the policy for cultural heritage in the Netherlands. This resulted in two advice committees, the Pechtold Committee and the Buma Committee. The latter has issued an interim opinion, that, if adopted, could have serious consequences for art collectors and art dealers in the Netherlands.read on
Russell Advocaten noticed in its proceedings before the Dutch Restitutions Committee that the committee increasingly attached importance to the interest of the current owners. This is contrary to the Washington Principles. The committee appointed to evaluate Dutch restitution policy agrees with us in its “Striving for Justice” report.read on
Even if the Restitutions Committee recommends to return looted art, it is not certain that the work of art will actually return to its rightful claimants. It could be that the work of art is irreplaceable and indispensable to Dutch cultural heritage and may not leave the Netherlands.read on
At the online symposium of the Vereniging Kunst Cultuur Recht on the Heritage Act and the protection of cultural goods, Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. threw a few stones into the pond. How useful are protective measures to keep cultural heritage in the Netherlands without making underlying purchase funds directly available? Is the designation procedure necessary?read on
The Rijksmuseum Twenthe paid almost EUR 3 million into a fake bank account. Hackers had taken over the correspondence between the museum and an art dealer on the purchase of a painting by Constable. Who pays for the damage? The museum or the art dealer?read on
On 10 January 2020, the Fifth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive came into force. This will have major consequences for the art world. What are the most important ones?read on