Graham spent the first part of his career as a lawyer in industry. He specialised in intellectual property licensing and technology transfer for US multinational ITT Corporation. He then spent 10 years with the UK subsidiary of Wang Laboratories Inc, a well-known computer company in the 1980s. He was the first in-house lawyer, with responsibility primarily for establishing the legal department and for commercial transactions. He then became the legal director and company secretary and was a member of the management team for several years. Lengthy in-house experience allowed him to bring a broad commercial perspective to his work at the Bar and he has been mentioned as an IT junior over many years in the Chambers UK directory. He returned to practice in 1994.
Graham undertakes a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in:
Information Technology: including hardware and software procurement, software licensing, outsourcing, turnkey projects, systems integration, support and maintenance issues, software development, website development, and cloud computing.
Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce)
Telecommunications: including radio communications, broadcasting, regulatory and commercial work. He was seconded for several months to a new telecommunications company as it was building out its network, has drafted several telecommunications laws, advised on commercial and regulatory matters in the UK, and handled complex telecoms litigation.
Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Intellectual Property: including database rights, copyright, trade marks, service marks, passing off, design rights, domain names, cybersquatting, breach of confidence, counterfeit goods and merchandising.
Research & Development and Technology Transfer
UK/EU Trading and Commercial Agreements: including franchising, sales and purchase, licensing distribution, joint ventures, leasing and hiring, commercial agents, and consumer credit. He has particular interest in franchising issues and has been regularly involved in this area over the past decade, as adviser, principal counsel, mediation advocate, mediator and junior counsel to Nigel Jones QC.
Utilities: especially sector reform and regulation in water and energy, transport and communications, including legislative drafting to support the creation of regulatory bodies.
UK/EU Competition Laws related to the above issues.
Graham has been a CEDR accredited mediator since 1993. He has undertaken several dozen mediations as a mediator with a very substantial number of cases settling at, or soon after, mediation.
He is happy to undertake mediation in any discipline but his experience lies principally in the following areas:
- computer software and hardware
- commercial agreements
- commercial agents’ regulations
- partnership disagreements
- trade marks
- telecommunications outsourcing, equipment and services
- franchising agreements
- professional negligence
Disputes have ranged in value from a few thousand pounds to many millions of pounds. He has carried out mediations before, during and after trial (but before assessment of damages). He has been listed in the Bar Mediators directory and is a member of the Civil Mediation Council.
Early Neutral Evaluation: Graham has also carried out Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) work - e.g. a dispute between a high street bank and a major telecommunications provider concerning international data transfer by satellite.
- LLB (Honours)
- CEDR Accredited Mediator
- Intellectual Property Bar Association
- London Computer Law Group