Christopher Graham > Weightmans > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile



 Chris has almost 20 years’ experience of advising commercial and public sector organisations on all aspects of employment law. He has always conducted his own advocacy, representing employers before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court as well as the Employment Tribunal. He has a very broad range of experience involving almost all applications before the Employment Tribunal and has particular expertise in business protection, unlawful discrimination, outsourcing (TUPE 2006) and industrial action.
 As well as advising on all aspects of employment law, Chris frequently provides industry-specific training in both the private and the public sectors. ACAS regularly rely on Chris to provide elements of training to their own advisors.
 Legal 500 recently rated the employment team very highly, stating “Christopher Graham acted as advocate for Atkins before the Croyden Employment Tribunal in its defence against whistleblowing and disability discrimination allegations. Graham, who heads the employment practice, has extensive experience representing employers before employment appeal tribunals and the High Court.” 
 Chris also has substantial experience in protecting businesses from unlawful competition, misuse of confidential information and fraud. He usually runs a number of high court actions for employers involving injunctions to enforce restrictive covenants to prevent database misuse and to recover diverted funds. Chris has a particular interest in technology and has recently secured a first injunction allowing for imaging of the defendant’s servers and systems. Chris is experienced in freezing orders and contempt applications as well as director’s duties more generally.
 Recent experience
  Successfully resisting multiple claims under the TUPE Regulations 2006 for an outsourced contractor under a local authority framework agreement following a two week hearing. Such a decision develops the law on fragmentation in the context of framework agreements and, on appeal, will change the law relating to outsourcing
  Project managing large programmes for redundancy and the transfer of almost 3000 employees following a changeover of a contractor providing services to the government
  Successfully defending multiple claims under discretionary bonus schemes, resisting complaints for enhanced redundancy terms and managing changes to final salary and other types of pension scheme
  Successfully bidding for an exclusive contract for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to provide all employment services.
  Advising a range of new clients including Balfour Beatty Limited, Cape Plc and Whessoe Oil & Gas Limited

Lawyer Rankings

North > Real estate > Property litigation

Weightmans handles a varied caseload for a client base of national and multinational corporations encompassing covenant enforcements, possession claims, service charge disputes, dilapidation claims and contested lease renewals. The group is also notably active across the energy, construction, education and leisure sectors and counts Northern Powergrid, the University of Sunderland and Camerons Brewery as clients. Team head Christopher Graham regularly acts for energy clients and advises on injunctive relief, while, at principal associate level, Jill Dalkin has experience in lease covenant breaches and Mark Reeves acts for utilities companies.

North > Employment > Employment

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Praised for its ‘first rate’ technical knowledge, the Newcastle practice at Weightmans acts for a diverse client base of local, national and international corporates, senior executives, charities and individuals. The team regularly cooperates with corporate colleagues on complex transactions and also has particular expertise in post termination restrictive covenants litigation. Christopher Graham is experienced in representing clients before the employment tribunal, employment appeal tribunal and the High Court while Newcastle and Leeds-based principal associate Kerry Waters undertakes contentious and non-contentious work.

North > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle

With ‘a refreshing willingness to collaborate’, Weightmans’ Newcastle practice sits as part of the firm’s wider litigation North team, which acts for national and global corporations in data theft and fraud issues, boardroom disputes, contract litigation and claims in the energy and TMT sectors. Andrew Cox leads the group from the firm’s Birmingham office; key names on the ground in Newcastle include regional office head and fraud specialist Christopher Graham, principal associate Jill Dalkin and Anthony Rance, who splits his time between Newcastle and Leeds.