Graham Small > JMW Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP
M3 3HG

Work Department

Commercial Litigation



Graham has practised commercial law in Manchester for over 25 years and in that time has handled most forms of commercial disputes.  

He handles complex commercial disputes including applications for urgent interim relief, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes including appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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.


DWF – 1987- 1997 (Partner from 1989)

             Rowe Cohen 1997 – 2007 (Managing Partner from 2004)

             Lewis Hymanson Small 2007-2014 (Senior Partner)

             LHS Solicitors/Markel legal Services 2014-2016 (Director – Head of Commercial Legal Services)


Law Society


Liverpool John Moores University 1981-1983 BA Law


Keen golfer and general sports fan

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s sweet spot lies in acting for listed and unlisted plcs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals in a range of commercial disputes; it also has an impressive reputation in sports sector disputes, with practice head Marc Yaffe a key name for high-profile individuals and companies in this space. The team is increasingly recognised for acting for claimants in data protection group actions. Other areas of expertise include corporate disputes (which are a focus for Steve Morris and Michael Kennedy), professional negligence and contentious construction matters, which are among Mark Jones‘ specialisms, and public law and judicial review proceedings, for which Oliver Wright is a name to note. The ‘commercially astuteGraham Small is highlighted for his breadth of commercial, insolvency and fraud disputes experience, while Claire Brown‘s expertise includes contractual and professional negligence issues.