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Graeme McPherson QC

Call: 1993 QC: 2008

 Professional Negligence Silk of the Year

Graeme’s practice is split primarily between domestic and international commercial disputes (including financial services litigation and insurance disputes), sports work and professional liability claims (including disciplinary claims). He regularly sits as an Arbitrator (particularly in relation to insurance disputes) and acts as a Mediator (particularly in relation to sporting disputes).

Prior to taking Silk in 2008 Graeme appeared for a number of years in the top tiers of leading juniors in the Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500 in a number of different fields. In 2005 he was short-listed for Junior of the Year at the Chambers and Partners awards.

In 2008 Graeme became the youngest member of the Bar that year to be appointed to Silk. He is ranked in the directories as a leading silk in Professional Negligence, Professional Discipline and Sports law. In 2015 Graeme was awarded Professional Negligence Silk of the Year by Chambers and Partners. Quotes from the Directories include:

A rising star ... the best thing since sliced bread’; ‘A solicitors’ favourite ... a highly effective advocate’; ‘Exceptionally talented’; ‘A real star ... he is just fantastic and can turn his mind to anything’ ... ‘his judgment is first-rate and he works like a Trojan’; ‘An intelligent advocate and a formidable opponentTop drawer for policy and coverage issues … Solid, reliable and likeable … second to none at horseracing work’; ‘Knows professional negligence back to front …'; '... outstanding [in professional negligence] ... an invaluable and credible weapon ion any sports case’; 'It's no exaggeration to say that he knows everything there is to know about horse racing. He knows a hundred times more about the sport than anyone else at the Bar... One of the most proficient barristers I have ever worked with'.

Graeme is an editor of Jackson and Powell on Professional Liability (6th ed.) (not 7th ed.) and is the author of the chapters relating to financial regulation and financial practitioners. He is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, COMBAR, the Chancery Bar Association and the British Association for Sport and the Law.

Outside practice Graeme holds a professional licence to train racehorses.


M.A. (Cantab.) (Law, First Class)