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Partner Manchester Commercial Litigation
Graham has practised commercial law in Manchester for over 30 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 recognised in the Legal 500 (2022) as a key individual and 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.
He handles complex commercial disputes including applications for urgent interim relief, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. His present caseload includes a substantial commercial dispute across several jurisdictions worth in excess of $180m, two matters relating to FX exchange and forex trading valued at £9m and £250m respectively and a professional negligence case valued in excess of £80m. He also deals in disputes governed by arbitration (where English law is applicable) and has recently handled significant disputes involving ship building and an international agency agreement in the Middle East.
He acts on contentious insolvency matters including claims against directors under the Insolvency Act. His work increasingly involves allegations of fraud and dishonesty and often in regulated industries and professions. Graham also handles civil claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.
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.
His clients include HNW and high profile individuals based nationally and internationally, institutions and professionals.
Graham can been seen discussing business interruption insurance on JMW's Inside Man
Blog Posts by Graham Small
18th January 2021