News Law firms Bakers pays tribute to former London chief Russell Lewin By Margaret Taylor 13 October 2009 16:23 13 December 2015 18:09 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Freda Willis 14 October 2009 at 00:18 RIP Russell, what a lovely man he was, so kind and always had time for people. Sad loss to his wife and children. God bless. Reply Link Robert Hurst 14 October 2009 at 22:16 I was an associate at Baker & McKenzie from 1977 till 1984, and worked with Russell on several matters from his first day at the firm as a trainee in 1981 until my departure three years later. Not only was he an excellent lawyer who had no difficulty in grasping difficult points, but he was a pleasure to work with. I know that he will be sorely missed by his many friends, clients and colleagues around the world. Reply Link Anonymous 15 October 2009 at 09:41 I worked with Russell for many years at B&M. He was exactly as Michael Hart describes – a delightful, larger than life character who was a natural leader and great fun too. Russell had great instincts and was an intuitive leader. I was with him on 7/7 when London transport was bombed. Russell did not go home early – he stayed and hosted a B&M marketing conference not just because he was always an exceptional host but because he wanted to make a personal statement of defiance against terrorism. During the course of that evening he predicted that Londoners would recall the Blitz and stand quietly unbowed. Russell personified that principled stand. Reply Link Anonymous 15 October 2009 at 11:02 Poor guy. To die at 51 is such a waste. Lets hope he lived (and enjoyed) a full life. When you read articles like this it puts everything into perspective. Reply Link Daniel Nelki 9 November 2009 at 13:24 I was lucky enough to have learned from and to have worked with Russell and I suspect like many who did, I counted him as a friend, confident and guru. If my reaction to this untimely news is anything to go by his loss will be felt deeply by all. He will be remembered as a kind and generous soul who will remain in some way a part of all our lives. My condolences to his family and friends. Reply Link Anonymous 21 November 2009 at 22:39 I was updating my CV, trying to remember B&M’s address, when I came across the sad news. I was a “mature” candidate just coming out in the mid-90s London gay scene – not long after the Chicago office had famously been rocked by a major sexual harassment suit, when Russell interviewed me for a highly coveted training contract. Against all advice about joking in interview, when asked, “why B&M?” I responded with a crack that I’d heard they’d had a few vacancies in Chicago. Russell laughed – and I got the job. Bless him for giving an over-aged smart-arsed lesbian a break. Sincere condolences to his family and his colleagues. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.