ProfileThomas Graham is a hugely experienced and effective commercial chancery barrister who relishes the cut and thrust of the courtroom. He has appeared in numerous cases in the Chancery Division, Commercial Court, Queen’s Bench Division and Court of Appeal, as well as in commercial arbitrations.
He is regularly ranked for Chancery Commercial work in the highly authoritative Chambers UK Bar Guide, from which solicitors’ quotes about him include the following:
- "His advocacy skills are second to none. He gets the job done in court."
- “He is a fantastic advocate who has a very calm and collected approach but can turn up the heat when necessary.”
- “He works very, very hard on his cases. He doesn’t fear hard work and does all-nighters.”
- “His style of drafting is very sophisticated.”
- “Clients love him as he is easy to deal with and delivers the goods in court.”
His practice focuses on business disputes, in the commercial, company, insolvency and partnership fields.
His Commercial practice includes purely contractual disputes, e.g. arising from business sales or from commercial contracts, frequently with an intellectual property element. He also handles fraud claims in a business context.
His typical commercial work includes:
- disputes over joint venture agreements;
- contractual disputes arising from e.g. media contracts, contracts for the sale of goods or supply of services (including financial services);
- breach of warranty claims following business sales;
- breach of commercial confidentiality claims;
- passing off claims;
- disputed compromise agreements;
- insurance claims;
- fraud in a business context.
In Company law he has a particular strength in shareholder disputes, especially minority shareholder actions (including for unfair prejudice), share ownership disputes, and claims between companies and their directors, for breach of fiduciary duty, confidentiality and contract.
His typical company work includes:
- minority shareholder claims (in particular unfair prejudice petitions, and derivative claims by minority shareholders on behalf of companies against controlling wrongdoers);
- just and equitable winding-up;
- claims by companies against directors for breach of fiduciary duty (including business diversion and fraud), breach of covenant, and breach of commercial confidentiality;
- disputes over company/share ownership;
- business partnership claims with company elements;
- insolvency applications.
Education: Eton College; Cambridge University, MA (Law); Inns of Court School of Law.
Professional association membership: Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR (the Commercial Bar Association); the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
Languages: French and Spanish (to A-level).
Chambers website: http://www.newsquarechambers.co.uk/barristers/thomas-graham
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