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13 January 2023

Passing of James Wilson Russell, Solicitor

It is with deep regret that the Law Society of Northern Ireland notifies members of the passing of James Wilson Russell, solicitor, on 13th January 2023.

Mr Russell was born on 18 November 1922 and had recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

He was known to many as Jay and had qualified as a solicitor in 1944 with a First Class Honours Degree, serving his apprenticeship with TG Mackintosh of Newtownards.

He then established his own firm there (J W Russell & Co), adding partners until 1981 when he became the firm’s consultant.

He served as Coroner for North Down from the late 1960s until he took up the position of Assistant Director of the IPLS in 1978, becoming Director on the retirement of James Elliott.

During his career, he was regularly instructed by colleagues as an expert witness where issues arose in conveyancing and probate cases.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland offers its deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. 

Funeral arrangements will be published in due course.


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