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Graham Shear

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO

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Commercial litigation and dispute resolution.


A partner with 24+ years' experience as a commercial litigator both in the UK and internationally. Also a BLP board member with responsibility for developing the Litigation and Corporate Risk department internationally. Has wide range of experience including contractual and shareholder disputes, specialist rights protection, complex recoveries and professional negligence. Specialises in deploying strategy and tactics in crisis management. Advises on complex and diverse cases, which are often multi-jurisdictional.  Acts for a broad range of clients, including corporates, banks, financial institutions, governments, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs.  Advises individuals and third parties in the sport and entertainment industry on a range of issues, including defamation, privacy, crisis management and internal investigations. A trusted advisor to boards of large multinational, high net worth individuals and politicians on a range of commercial, legal and reputational issues. Also acts for finance companies' extending finance to the sport and film industries, as well as providing specialist advice to football clubs and regulators regarding sport regulation and governance. 


Trained Teacher Stern LLP; qualified 1989; assistant solicitor 1989-93; partner 1993-2009; senior partner 2003-09; partner Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP 2009. Publications: ‘Is this the end of kiss-and-tell?’ ‘The Times’, May 2008.


Law Society.


City of London School for Boys; London Metropolitan University (1985 LLB Hons); College of Law (1986 LPC finals course).


Soho House, Ivy Club, Mortons.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†in April 2018. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and other interim relief, it acts for blue-chip clients, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. It continues to act for the Nigerian Access Bank in a claim against a former CEO relating to misappropriation of funds, this matter is worth over ¬£900m. Segun Osuntokun¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėa hugely impressive individual who inspires confidence amongst clients and his legal team‚Äô. Graham Shear¬†is ‚Äėtough and good at handling difficult clients‚Äô, senior associate Sarah McAtominey¬†and associate director Sharon Kennedy¬†are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave, the latter firm bringing in Mathew Rea, Robert Dougans, counsel Maria Gritsenko and associates Joseph McCormick  and Serena Cooke. The practice 'has an excellent handling of cases', with many of the team's recent highlights including corporate elements such as derivative claims, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims. It acted for BCA Trading in an unfair prejudice claim by the managing director of an acquired company, who remains a minority shareholder; the case involved the practice reportedly securing, for the first time on a contested application, an order for the use of predictive coding technology. The 'strategic' Oliver Glynn-Jones  heads the commercial dispute resolution team; Graham Shear, who 'has a sharp focus on getting the best outcome', heads the international litigation and corporate risk group; Oran Gelb is 'excellent'; and Joby Davies is also a key adviser. Andrew Tuson, who heads the corporate crime practice, is another key name. Sarah McAtominey and Helen Armstrong are notable senior associates.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Reputation management

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's reputation management department is headed by Joby Davies  and Graham Shear and acts for a number of high-profile celebrities, politicians, high-level executives and corporates including Tesco, HSBC and Thames Water. The team has notable expertise in private confidential information and cybersecurity issues such as corporate espionage, email hacking and theft of electronic data. Sarah McAtominey  is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Sport

The 'fast, efficient,¬†exceptional' practice at¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†provides 'a high level of service'. Following the merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and US firm Bryan Cave in April 2018, the team has been enjoying a more global platform; its specialisms have broadened from football, rugby and athletics to encompass baseball, basketball, hockey and American football. The group assists clients with a variety of legal work, including corporate, commercial, finance, dispute resolution and real estate;¬†Marc Trottier¬†¬†and practice head¬†Graham Shear¬†advised financiers including Rights and Media Funding on receiveables financing transactions involving Premier League clubs such as Everton FC and West Ham United FC. Real estate specialist¬†Matthew Peel¬†and corporate finance expert¬†Catherine Shirley-Brown¬†acted for MotorSport Vision on its purchase of Donington Park's race circuit business for over ‚ā¨120m. Other clients include Malaga CF, Nike, BT and the FA.

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