Russell is a sought after junior barrister with a busy practice specialising in business and human rights, collective redress, corporate liability, international criminal law and jurisdiction disputes.

Russell’s practice lies at the intersection between civil and criminal wrongdoing with a strong international slant.


  • Crown Prosecution Service’s General Crime Advocate Panel, Level 1
  • List of Defence Counsel approved by the Registrar of the Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Arusha, Tanzania (United Nations)
  • List of Defence Counsel approved by the Registrar of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.


  • LLM in Advocacy, Strathclyde University: Distinction (2013)
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School: Distinction (2005)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, City University: Commendation (2004)
  • BA, Keble College, University of Oxford: 2:1 (2003)

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work


The Court of Appeal unanimously allows the claimants’ appeal in Município de Mariana and others v BHP

8th July 2022

One of the largest ever group actions will now be allowed to proceed in England, following the Court of Appeal’s unanimous judgment [2022] EWCA Civ 951 handed down on 8 July 2022.

The catastrophic collapse of the Fundão Dam in November 2015 has been described as the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history. The claimants seek to establish BHP’s liability for the collapse.

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Court of Appeal hear appeal on Mariana Dam Disaster

8th April 2022

Today concludes the five day appeal in Mariana & Others v BHP Group Plc where Russell Hopkins has been instructed by PGMBM on behalf of the appellants.

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TGC welcomes a new tenant to Chambers

2nd December 2021

TGC are delighted to announce that Russell Hopkins has accepted an invitation to join Temple Garden Chambers. Russell qualified as a solicitor in 2008, spent time as a judicial assistant to Lord Collins and Lord Wilson and some years with Herbert Smith Freehills before being Called to the Bar in 2018.

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Privacy Notice

Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you. I might also need to collect and hold personal information of third parties.

I will take all possible steps to protect your personal information. I am determined to do nothing that would infringe your rights or undermine your trust.

This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect about you, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it. If you have any queries about how I collect and hold your personal information, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or through my clerks.


I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office [“ICO”] as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London EC4Y 9DA [“Chambers”] and my registration number is ZA744908.


The information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by me in the course of your case, most often by your solicitor. Your solicitor will tell you why I need the information and how I will use it.

The data I collect and process comprises both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the General Data Protection Regulation [“GDPR”], which may include but are not limited to:

Email and telephone number;
Bank details or financial information;
Date of birth;
Employment records;
Social services involvement;
Medical records;
Criminal records;
Allegations made against the data subject;
Racial or ethnic origin;
Political opinions;
Religious or philosophical beliefs;
Trade Union membership;
Data concerning sex life and sexual orientation;
Genetic data or biometric data.


The GDPR requires all organisations that process personal data to have a “Lawful Basis” for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

Consent of the data subject
Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
Compliance with a legal obligation
To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller
The legitimate interests of my business as a barrister, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject

Examples of legitimate interests include:

Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.

My Lawful Bases for processing the personal data of my clients include the following:

The data subject, as my client, has consented;
To perform a contract with the data subject, namely a contract for the provision of legal services, or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into such a contract;
Compliance with a legal obligation; and/or
The legitimate interests of my business as a barrister, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

As regards the latter, the “legitimate interests” include:

The internal administration of my business (for example, the receipt of personal information by my clerks in order to manage my diary);
Keeping records in relation to the services I provide (for example, in order to provide information to you, your legal team, a professional body, my professional indemnity insurer, or the ICO, in the event of a problem with the services I provide);
Ensuring network and information security, including 
preventing unauthorised access;
Preventing fraud and reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security;
Providing training (see further below).

In addition, I process the personal data of third parties, including the other parties to my clients’ disputes and witnesses. Where I do so, my lawful basis for processing any third party’s information provided to me in relation to a client’s case is that the processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which I am subject, namely the obligation to provide legal services under the contract with the client.

I therefore use personal information to:

Provide legal advice and representation;
Investigate and address any concerns you as the data subject and/or my client may have;
Comply with my legal obligations; and
Assist in training pupils and mini-pupils.

I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.


I may share your personal data with:

Instructing solicitors;
Pupils or mini pupils, under my training (see further below);
Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
My regulator, legal advisors, professional indemnity insurer, or ICO, in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties as required to meet my legal obligations;
Judges and court staff;
Witnesses and expert witnesses;
Anyone ancillary to actual or potential proceedings;
Legal directories, for the purpose of professional development; and
Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing.

I may also be required to disclose your information to the Police or Intelligence services where required by law or pursuant to a court order

Pupil barristers and mini pupils are made aware that they are under a strict duty of confidentiality in relation to any information they come across in the course of their training. I will always do my utmost to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and will share with the pupil or mini pupil only the minimum amount of information necessary to provide training. Please inform me by email or post if you would prefer your case not to be used by me for training purposes and I will of course not use it in that way.


I may, on occasion, transfer personal data to the following third countries (including all EEA states) because some secure encrypted cloud software, or emails, may host material on overseas servers. I am satisfied that such transferred data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the UK General Data Protection Regulation.


I retain clients’ and third parties’ personal data whilst proceedings are ongoing unless the data subject asks me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at the data subject’s request unless:

There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
I am legally required to retain it; or
There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.


The GDPR gives the data subject specific rights in relation to their personal data. For example, they have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about them, can ask me to correct any inaccuracies in the personal data I hold, can ask me or Chambers to stop sending you direct mail or emails, or in some circumstances may ask me to stop processing their details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with the personal data the data subject can seek compensation for any distress caused or loss incurred. You can find out more information on the ICO’s website http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with your information.


Data subjects may request access to, correction of, or a copy of their personal information by contacting me in writing:

By email (available from my clerks);
By post (Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple,
London EC4Y 9DA).


You may opt out of receiving emails and other messages from my Chambers by following the instructions in those messages.


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