COVID-19 Update

We at Russell Business Services remain fully committed to supporting our customers, partners and our wider business and social community.

We are open for business and available to provide help, advice and guidance whether in the usual context of international trade or simply keeping your business growing in these rapidly changing times.  We can be contacted in the usual way by telephone, email or video call.

We will endeavour to keep in touch with you from time to time, however if there is anything that you think we can help with, do please let us know.

Please do make sure you are taking advantage of all of the Government support that has been made available to business to help get through the current situation – you can find full details via the Government’s website here.

Brexit Seminars

The Government is accelerating Brexit preparations so that it is ready to leave the EU on 31st October.

It is running a series of events to help exporters get ready for Brexit on 31st October.

Attendees will leave the event with a personalised action plan covering a range of key areas.

It’s well worth making the time to go along if you have concerns about the practical aspects of Brexit or just want more information to help your preparations.

You can find out more about dates and how to register here

Privacy Policy

In the light of the recent implementation of the GDPR regulations concerning data protection, we have updated our Privacy Policy. It contains information about how we manage any personal data that we collect during the course of our business. You can view our updated Privacy Policy here

Global Growth

If you are a medium sized business that is committed to growing internationally, you could benefit from the new Global Growth service from the Department for International Trade.

This new service is aimed at businesses with a turnover of £5m-£40m that are considering investing in developing their export strategy and need help and support to access new markets. With the help of a dedicated international trade adviser, you will receive information, advice and practical help to assess the best way forward for your business internationally and support for the implementation of the resulting plans.

In addition, matched funding is also available to help with the costs of implementing your agreed strategy.

If you would like to find out more about this service, please contact me or your local international trade adviser. Contact details for your Department for International Trade international trade adviser can be found here

IBA Conference Rome – October 2018

This year the International Bar Association (IBA) will be holding its international conference in the historical city of Rome.

The conference runs from 7th – 12th October and is the leading annual gathering of international lawyers. If you are a law firm with a strategy for international growth and you are interested in developing connections with like-minded law firms from around the world, this is definitely the event for you.

The conference has sessions on a wide range of subject matters together with a large number of networking events usually held in interesting locations around the host city and also a large exhibition area where you can meet experts providing a range of services to law firms.

We have been attending IBA conferences for over 12 years so if you’d like to find out more about this event and how to make the most of it, please do contact us.

You can register online here

Please note that if you register by 20th July you will benefit from a reduced early bird registration fee.

IBA Conference – October 2017

The annual international conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) will be taking place 8th – 13th October in Sydney and full details including how to register can be found here.

This IBA conference is the leading event for law firms that want to develop internationally and win business from overseas clients. Attended by in excess of 7,000 lawyers from all corners of the globe, you have the opportunity to develop those all-important personal links with like-minded lawyers from around the world – and do it all in one place!

In addition there are seminars, roundtables, networking events and many other opportunities for you to expand your horizons and gain inspiration for your international strategy.

For more than 10 years, Russell Business Services has been helping law firms make the most of the opportunities that the IBA conference offers. If you’d like to find out how the IBA conference can help your law firm raise its profile internationally or would like to discuss any other aspect of your international strategy, please contact us


Moscow International Tax Congress

Interlegal is one of the longest established law firm networks with over 40 members located around the world. Its member firm in Russia, Freytak & Sons Law office in partnership with Interlegal will shortly host the Moscow International Tax Congress.

The Moscow International Tax Congress will assemble high-qualified experts in the field of taxation (including partners of member law firms) from United States, Greece, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Cyprus and Russia, as well as representatives of the Russian state authorities and businesses.

During the Congress the tax specialists will discuss the topical issues of Russian and International Tax Law, as well as the development of current systems of taxation in Russia and abroad.

The participants will discuss among others the issues of automatic exchange of tax information, international tax planning, personal liability of companies’ directors for tax avoidance, recent amendments to foreign tax legislation and legal cases on tax disputes of current interest.

To obtain more information about the Congress, please contact Irena Nikasheva:


Fintech North 2017

Following the success of the inaugural event earlier last year, FinTech North 2017 is once again set to take place during Leeds Digital Festival week and aims to attract 350 delegates and support from the FinTech community in the Leeds City Region.

FinTech North 2017 will be hosted on the 26th April 2017 in Leeds. The goal of the event is to generate collaboration and knowledge share within the financial services and technology community and to generate tangible economic benefits for the region.

The agenda for the one-day conference will feature a number of well-known keynote speakers who will cover topics including innovation, alternative finance, big data and analytics, machine learning, digital identity and authentication.

Click here for more details and to register.

Exporting is GREAT

If you have been watching television recently, you may have noticed some commercials publicising the new Exporting is GREAT campaign. This is a new initiative launched by Government and spearheaded by UK Trade & Investment to raise awareness of both the huge benefits for businesses of exporting and also the wide range of opportunities available in markets around the world.  Read more

IBA Conference 2015 – Vienna

This year’s International Bar Association (IBA) conference takes place in Vienna from 4th – 9th October. If you are a lawyer and are serious about developing international connections for your business, this is an event that you cannot afford to miss and the deadline for early discounted registration is this week (Friday 17th July). Read more

Expo Milano 2015

The Universal Exposition that is Expo Milano 2015 opened its doors in May. It runs through to October with a theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and will be focusing on the challenges and opportunities of nutrition and the resources of our planet. This is a huge opportunity for companies in these areas to showcase their expertise and meet valuable international contacts. Read more

Selling Services Overseas

The UK exports a wide range of services to markets all over the world. These include financial and professional services, education and training, IT, creative and design services, HR and consultancy. UK expertise is highly valued around the world and winning international clients can be a great way to grow and raise the profile of your business.

Why not start thinking about whether you could sell your service overseas? Read more

Export Week 18th – 22nd May

It is Export Week once again and events and activities designed to help businesses export are being run all around the country. If you are thinking about exporting, why not go along to one of the events. Details can be found via

If you want to catch up with me, I will be attending a healthcare event in Sheffield on 18th May, attending a rail conference in Doncaster on 20th May and presenting at the UK Trade & Investment Piecing It Together event in Barnsley on 21st May. I hope to see you there!

John Speak Language Trust

Being a French and German speaker, I am naturally enthusiastic about the importance of learning languages and so I wanted to highlight the fantastic opportunities made available to people through the John Speak Language Trust.

The John Speak Languages Scholarship can provide you with complementary funding to assist you to travel overseas to study a language. Read more

Export Week 10th -14th November

It is Export Week and all around the country events and activities are being organised to encourage businesses to export. If you are thinking about exporting, why not go along to one of the events. Read more

2014 IBA Conference – Tokyo

Russell Business Services was delighted to be present at the 2014 International Bar Association (IBA) international conference held this year in Tokyo in October. With around 7,000 lawyers attending from every corner of the globe, this conference is considered to be the leading conference for lawyers who are looking to develop the international profile and connections of their law firm.

As usual this year, the conference offered a mix of high quality training and development sessions, lively forums for discussion and debate and perhaps most importantly, a range of exciting opportunities for networking at a range of interesting venues.  Read more

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