Russell has a mainly criminal practice but also maintains an interest in property litigation including landlord & tenant, boundary disputes and possession proceedings. He has represented Local Authorities, private landlords and tenants in Leasehold Valuation Tribunals (now the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)) regarding service charges, lease extensions and the collective enfranchisement of flats.
Called to the Bar in 1992, Russell Butcher was a volunteer assistant at South Islington Law Centre before taking up a position as a legal adviser to the property team at Hambro Legal Protection (now Capita) advising on all aspects of property law, with an emphasis on landlord & tenant - both commercial and residential property law work.
In 1997 he became an adviser with the Leasehold Advisory Service in London, a Government funded service specialising in public and private sector Landlord and Tenant and residential leasehold reform. On being made a senior adviser he was responsible for a small team of lawyers and provided specialist advice and training to the public, professionals, local authorities and housing associations, with an emphasis on the areas of Leasehold Valuation Tribunal procedure, service charge disputes and enfranchisement. LEASE also advises Government departments - principally the Department for Communities & Local Government - on leasehold reform and was closely involved in the consultation and introduction of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
In his criminal practice Russell mostly defends in general crime but has an interest in regulatory crime, including planning and environmental enforcement notices.
Russell has also represented clients in Licensing matters both at first instance hearings before Licencing Committees and on appeal to the Magistrates.
His employment work includes acting for employers and employees in the Employment Tribunals and advising on housing related issues
A v S Bury St Edmunds CC February 2014 – successful application of Superstrike case defeating the landlord's claim to possession.
Articles by Russell Butcher:
Challenging your Service Charge? Beware of the costs trap
Pillar Denton Ltd and others v Jervis and others: Getting the priorities right
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