Graham Small


Commercial Litigation


Graham has practised commercial law in Manchester for over 25 years and in that time has handled most forms of commercial disputes. He has held positions of Managing and Senior Partner whilst always maintaining an active case load.

Graham is described by clients as an “astute tactician” and a “genuine problem solver”. His experience and business acumen enables him to navigate through the complexities of any commercial problem.

Amongst his many career highlights are successfully litigating against Mohammed al Fayed, securing a summary judgment for an ex senior police officer in defamation relating to the conviction of the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer known as “Wearside Jack”, and acting in a dispute concerning the management agreement of Take That!

He has run many cases to trial and subsequently to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and personally undertook one of the first court appointed mediations to be authorised by the State of New York regarding the ownership rights of a TV Channel.

In 2016 he was given the following testimony from an experienced mediator following the successful conclusion of a dispute; “I found your contribution during the day particularly helpful and the calm, careful and reasoned way in which you guided your client through the day and put forward his case was an objective lesson in mediation advocacy”.

He handles complex commercial disputes including applications for urgent interim relief, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. He is presently involved in a substantial commercial dispute across several jurisdictions worth in excess of $180 Million. 

Graham is a keen golfer and general sports fan. 

Tel: 0161 838 2883


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