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The Barristers at Deans Court are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.


  • LLB (Liverpool)

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit


Russell Davies specialises in Professional Discipline, Crime and Regulatory Law.

He has undertaken many high profile cases before the General Medical Council, as well as specialising in matters involving the HSE and has also conducted of a number of Coroner’s inquests.

Throughout his criminal practice, Mr Davies has been instructed in many complex and high profile criminal cases for both the prosecution and defence, including recently defending substantial cases involving VAT Carousel Frauds.

He has significant experience in cases of murder, armed robbery, fraud, police corruption and police undercover operations.

Outside of Chambers, Mr Davies enjoys playing Cricket and Golf and is the President of the South Wales Junior Cricket League and also a member of Preston Golf Club

Notable Cases

  • Regulatory

    GDC -v- J D (2018)

    Wide ranging allegations involving substandard dentistry, record keeping, and allegations of dishonesty; 163 allegations. Case involved professional dispute of opinion of experts and operation of computer systems.

  • Crime

    Watson 2016

    Importation of Class A drugs, Firearms and Ammunition

    The Defendant was charged with Conspiracy. The case involved a co-ordinated investigation conducted by the Dutch Crime Squad and National Crime Agency. Over £100 million Class A drugs, firearms and ammunition imported from Holland into a “sham” wholesale flower business in Accrington. The case involved massive telephone analysis/cell siting, ANPR evidence, covert surveillance and intercepted telephone evidence (Holland)

  • Regulatory : GMC FTP

    Dr M 2014/2015

    Dr M faced GMC FTP proceedings concerning allegations of sexual assault, dishonesty and breaches of Good Medical Practice. Case involved extensive cross-examination of Complainant diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

  • Professional Discipline

    Re: Dr S

    Instructed to represent the interests of medical professionals in the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia Related Deaths currently being heard in Northern Ireland. ( The Inquiry is examining the deaths of a number of children and the treatment that they received whilst in hospital.

  • Crime

    Joshua Viggars 2015

    Attempted Murder, Firearms, Blackmail, Robbery, Supply Class A and B

    The Defendant was the principal target of Operation Nemisis, an operation involving disruption and investigation developed by the Lancashire Constabulary to counter Gang Violence, Gun Crime and illegal drugs in the Skelmersdale and Preston areas.

  • Crime


    Mortgage Fraud (£350K) Money Laundering (£450K)

    The Defendant was charged with Fraud and Money Laundering on a wide scale. His Defence was based on the Defendant’s role in his family and the community; the role of the Defendant as trustee lay in the cultural roots of the Islamic rule that usury (Riba) - which is prohibited by Shariah – should be avoided.

  • Crime

    Ruman Patel 2014

    International Fraud : European Emissions Allowances Theft (£47 million)

    The Defendant was charged with an offence contrary to Section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 [an “inchoate offence”] In January 2011, the national Czech Registry of European Emissions Allowances (“EUA”) was hacked and 1,375,000 EUAs were stolen. The value of the stolen EUAs was 20 million Euros. The EUAs were transferred to an EUA registered account set up by the Defendant : they were sold the same day and the proceeds were transferred overseas the same day.

  • Fraud

    2012 R v. Knight & Others.

    Wounded Warrior. Fraud concerning military charity collection. £323,000 Defence.

  • Crime

    Operation Thorium (2014)

    Operation Thorium was a covert investigation into the supply of controlled drugs and associated violence by an organised crime group in the Skelmersdale area of Lancashire. Defence of Principal Defendant alleged to have played the leading role within the hierarchy. The Operation was evidenced by police surveillance, drugs seizures, mobile telephone conversations via text messages and BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and Facebook. The Indictment included Attempted Murder, Blackmail, Conspiracy to Supply Class A & B, Conspiracy to Rob, Possession Firearms with Intent.

  • Murder

    Regina v David Bieber

    Defendant was one of "America's Most Wanted" fugitives, charged with the murder and attempted murder of Police Officers. Defence

  • Fraud

    Operation Shepherd

    VAT "Carousel" fraud worth £22million. Defence

  • Sexual Offences

    Regina v Brown & Others

    (Operation Spanner) [1992] QB 491 Leading Case on consent in Assault (case involves allegations relating to Consensual Sadomasochism)

  • Drug Importation

    Regina v Waggenaar & Pronk

    First case exercising jurisdiction of the United Kingdom on the high seas. Dutch vessel intercepted between Spain and Holland contained 18.5 tonnes of cannabis worth £54million. Defence.

  • Fraud

    Operation Cowhead

    Bonded warehouse fraud involving evasion of duty worth £15million. Prosecution

  • Drug Supply

    Operation Safe

    Undercover police officer case investigation of supply of heroin on Isle of Man. Defence.

  • Police Corruption

    Regina v Hoban

    Police corruption involved investigation by Sussex Constabulary into Lancashire Constabulary informant procedures. Defence.

  • Fraud

    Operation Emersed

    VAT "Carousel" fraud worth £37million. Defence


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