Graeme McPherson QC


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

Tel: +44 20 7822 2032
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Year of Call: 1993
Year of Silk: 2008


 Professional Negligence Silk of the Year 

Graeme’s practice is split primarily between domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, insurance litigation and arbitration, professional liability claims, and sports work. He is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

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 now ranked in the directories as a leading silk in various fields. 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 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 … solid, reliable and likeable …’; ‘A fearless advocate with a real instinct for running cases’;  ‘... Outstanding [in professional negligence] ... an invaluable and credible weapon’; ‘Has incredible judgment ... a silk who looks to do things with imagination’; 'One of the most proficient barristers I have ever worked with'; 'Fantastic on his feet … superb in front of a tribunal’; ‘… Quick-thinking and thoroughly analytical’ … Appropriately aggressive when he needs to be… assured and unambiguous … a dream with clients …

Graeme is a member of COMBAR, the ChBA, the PNBA and BASL.

A full CV is available on request.


Professional Liability

Graeme has extensive experience in most fields of professional negligence practice. He principally specialises in the following disciplines:

He was Chambers & Partners’ Professional Negligence Silk of the Year in 2015/2016.

A full CV is available on request.

Accountants, Auditors & Actuaries

Graeme regularly acts in claims relating to audit responsibilities, transaction-structuring, the preparation of accounts, the provision of tax and estate-planning advice and the provision of business and financial advice. He has been involved in claims arising from domestic and international corporate collapses. He has litigated a number of fund mismanagement claims. A full CV is available on request.

Construction Professionals

Graeme is frequently involved in claims relating to design, advice, inspection, investigation, supervision and valuation. A full CV is available on request.

Financial Services Professionals

Graeme has been involved in a wide variety of claims relating to the mis-selling of pensions, onshore and offshore investment products, film-schemes and other tax-mitigation products and arising from fund mismanagement. A full CV is available on request.


Graeme is extensively instructed by solicitors’ insurers and the BMIF. He has appeared in many of the leading cases in the field in recent years. A full CV is available on request.

International Arbitration

Graeme has wide experience as both advocate and arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under a wide variety of institutional and procedural rules.  He has dealt as both arbitrator and counsel with cases involving a range of national laws.

As arbitrator, Graeme has served as chair and as sole arbitrator, as well as a party-nominated arbitrator.

A full CV is available on request.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Graeme has long undertaken a wide range of commercial and commercial chancery work, including complex commercial fraud litigation. He is well-recognised for his cross-examination and advocacy skills in such cases.

A full CV is available on request.

Financial Services Regulation

Having authored the chapters in Jackson and Powell on Professional Liability concerning financial regulation and financial practitioners for many years, Graeme is regularly instructed in  a wide variety of FCA- and FSMA-related matters.

A full CV is available on request.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Graeme is regularly involved in complex and high-value insurance litigation and arbitrations. He has extensive experience of a wide variety of market and bespoke policy wordings. He is regularly appointed as Arbitrator to resolve coverage disputes.

A full CV is available on request.


Graeme has a long track record in the field of Disciplinary Work. This element of his practice is split between Professional Disciplinary work (where he is principally instructed on behalf of barristers, solicitors and vets) and Sports Disciplinary work (where he is instructed by governing bodies and competitors alike).

 A full CV is available on request.

Sports Law

Graeme is considered to be one of the top silks practising in the field of sports law, and is regularly instructed by governing bodies and competitors alike in domestic and international disciplinary matters across a huge variety of sports, as well as in connection with commercial disputes arising in a sporting context. He appears regularly before a wide range of domestic and international Tribunals. He has been appointed to the Advocates Panel selected to represent Athletes and Federations at disciplinary hearings at recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He is frequently appointed as a Rule K Arbitrator in football disputes.

A full CV is available on request.