David Russell, AM, RFD, QC, CTA, TEP
David Russell AM RFD QC was admitted as a solicitor in 1974, and was called to the Bar in 1977. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales, New York (as a Legal Consultant) the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was first appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986.
David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants Association from 1996 to 2000. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Taxation Committee. He served as a member of the Ministerial Consultative Committee for the Tax Law Improvement Project from 1994 to 1997 and as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Review of Standards for the Tax Profession in 1993 and 1994. From 1991 to 1995 he was a member of the National Tax Liaison Group. He is the AOTCA representative on the Global Tax Advisors Co-operation Forum.
David is a member of the STEP Worldwide Council, Chairman of STEP's International Client Special Interest Group and a member if its Public Policy Committee, a co-chair of the UAE Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, an Honorary Member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK). He was the Australian correspondent for the Oxford University Press publication Trusts and Trustees from 2007 to 2015 and from 2015 has been its co-editor.
David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon for services to Australia Japan relations. In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for, amongst other things, "service to taxation law and legal education".