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Graham Reid

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Professional & Financial Risks


Legal Director who specialises in all aspects of legal services, lawyers and law firms.

There are four main strands to Graham's practice: the defence of negligence claims against lawyers; coverage advice for professional indemnity insurers of law firms; acting for lawyers in respect of regulatory and internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings; and non-contentious advisory work relating to the professional conduct of lawyers, risk management, law firm set-up, internal compliance arrangements, data breach incidents affecting law firms, and related issues.

Further specialist areas of experience include: legal professional privilege and its application to law firms and regulatory investigations; risks to client confidentiality; litigation funding, damages-based agreements and third party funding; referral fees and law firm networks; and regulatory reporting obligations.


Self-employed barrister at Hailsham Chambers, 1992 - 2002; employed barrister with RPC from 2002 to date; Legal Director at RPC since 2011.


Professional Negligence Bar Association; Appointments to various committees of the Bar Standards Boards (currently, Professional Conduct Committee).


Oxford University (Magdalen College); City University; Inns of Court School of Law; Barrister, called 1993 (Middle Temple).

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Considered 'a safe pair of hands', RPC advises professional services firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including the establishment of partnerships and LLPs, as well as partnership mergers and dissolutions. Co-head Patrick Brodie represented Switzerland-based executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the enforcement of a global non-compete restrictive covenant injunction action against a former partner. Co-head Geraldine Elliott specialised in partnership disputes, predominantly acting on the side of the firms. Legal director Graham Reid handles regulatory matters involving partners. The 'diligent' Nick Bird focuses on professional liability and disciplinary claims from the perspective of partnerships. Ernst & Young LLP is a standout client of the department.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

RPC is 'notable for its experience in complex and challenging cases'. The team stands out for its insurance law expertise and although it occasionally acts for regulators, it predominantly conducts defence work in the firm's key areas of accountancy, healthcare, insolvency practitioners, financial services, and legal services. The practice is co-headed by Dorothy Flower  and the 'excellent' legal director Graham Reid . Amy Gallimore is also recommended. Richard Burger joined DWF.

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