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Graeme McPherson KC
Principal areas of practice are (1) professional liability (in particular claims involving accountants and auditors, solicitors and barristers, financial service professionals and sports agents), (2) professional discipline (3) sports law and discipline, and (4) commercial litigation, including insurance & finance services litigation. Recent important cases include: Professional Liability & Commercial: Coulthard v Neville Russell (CA) [scope of auditors’ duty of care]; Barex Brokers v Morris Dean (CA) [scope of valuers’ duty of care]; Flannery v. Halifax EA (CA) [duty of judge to give adequate reasons]; IAICL v Cook (CA) [scope of auditors’ duty of care]; University of Keele v PWC (CA) [construction of exclusion clause in accountants’ retainer]; Keydon Estates v Eversheds (Ch) [damages for loss of hypothetical profit]; Glyn v McGarel-Groves (QB) [scope of treating and supervising vets’ duties]; Shawton Engineering v DGP (CA) [scope of PII cover provided by a design & build policy]; Hickman v Blake Lapthorn (QB) [duties of barrister when advising on settlement]; Sunderland Mutual Marine v Wiseman (Comm) [conflict of laws within UK]; Hedrich v Standard Bank (CA) [wasted costs; duties to court]; Fulham Leisure Holdings v Nicholson Graham Jones (CA) [claim arising from sale of Fulham AFC]; Kidsons v Various Underwriters (CA) [‘notification’ under a PII policy]; Webster v Sandersons (CA) [damages for reflective loss]; Gill v Humanware (CA) [wasted costs jurisdiction in ETs]; Spreadex v Barnes (Ch) [claim arising from drafting of a gambling arrangement]; Fonexco v Manches (QB) [obligations of a solicitor in a jurisdiction race]; Zurich v Brown & Barnes (Ch) [construction of Solicitors MTCs]; Thomas v Capita (Ch) [film finance litigation]; Mengiste v EFFORT (CA) [recusal of Judge; wasted costs]; Baxter v Howreys (Comm) [claim arising from mishandled litigation]; Redstone Mortgages v B Legal (Ch) [solicitors’ obligations towards mortgagee client]; AIB v Mark Redler & Co (SC) [breach of trust against solicitors; measure of compensation]; Platform v Persimmon (Ch) [claim in fraudulent misrepresentation]; Marrache v Baker Tilly (Gib SC) [scope of ex turpi causa defence]; Standard Life v Collins (Comm) [claim against director]; MEX v Hindle Campbell (Ch) [group litigation against solicitors said to have been involved in conspiracy to conduct mortgage fraud]; Dewey & Lebeouf v Kerself (Comm) [obligations of corporate solicitors handling an overseas bond issue]; Re Duff & Phelps (Comm) [collapse of Rangers FC]; Re Deep Purple (Ch) [recovery of stolen royalties]; Fincantieri v Clyde & Co (TCC) [failed arbitration over construction of a mega-yacht]; HGF v Goodman Derrick (Comm) [litigation over sale of an Impressionist masterpiece]; Harding Evans v Spencer-White (CA) [scope of solicitors lien; implication of terms of ‘trust & confidence’]. Sport: Nicky Henderson, Aidan O’Brien, Howard Johnson, CASELA PARK, Jim Boyle, Mahmood Al Zarooni, Gerard Butler, Jim Best, Grand National 2014, Bradley & Powell; 2015 St Leger appeal (BHA Disciplinary Panel & Appeal Board) [corruption, doping, sporting disrepute]; Whittaker (FEI Inquiry) [doping]; Mullins v Jockey Club (Admin Ct) [amenability of sporting bodies to judicial challenge]; Arachi v Fallon (CA) [injunction to prevent jockey from riding in Derby]; Burton v British Shooting (Sports Resolutions) [Olympic selection dispute]; Sports Mantra v Force India (Ch) [F1 sponsorship dispute]; Various athletes [IAAF & CAS) [doping]; Various rugby players (RFU & WR) [doping, disciplinary]; Pelosi v WBA FC (QB) [injunction to stay litigation to a Rule K arbitration]. Professional Discipline: RCVS v Jones & RCVS v Auerbach (RCVS Disciplinary Panel) [disgraceful conduct]; BSB v McCarthy & BSB v Thornhill QC (Bar Disciplinary Tribunal) [dishonesty, misconduct]; Hedrich v Standard Bank (CA), Gill v Humanware (CA), Mengiste v EFFORT (CA) [wasted costs]; FSA v Miller (FCA); GFSC v Several Individuals (GFSC) [Financial Services Regulation].
Called 1993, Grays Inn; QC 2008.
PNBA, COMBAR, ChBA, BASL, ADRL.
Canford School, Dorset; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1992 BA Hons; 1996 MA).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1
4 New Square acts for national and international sports governing bodies as well as clubs, agents, and athlete associations. The set covers the full gamut of sports law, including match-fixing, doping, selection disputes, governance, safeguarding, disciplinary cases and sports-related commercial and insurance issues. Graeme McPherson KC acted for the team of Dragon Symbol, including the 2021 champion jockey Oisin Murphy over the horse’s penalisation in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot post-race, after winning the race on track, for making contact with another horse during the race. Daniel Saoul KC represented Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis, two bronze medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, to challenge their non-selection by GB Badminton for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Richard Liddell KC is recognised for handling matters across the sports space as well as sitting as an arbitrator. Turning to the set’s juniors, Kendrah Potts defended England cricketer Oliver Robinson in relation to charges for bringing the game of cricket into disrepute concerning historic tweets. Pippa Manby has represented a number of athletes charged with doping offences.
With ‘excellent strength in depth in the field of professional liability and regulation‘, the practitioners at 4 New Square handle a range of work in a range of white-collar professions crossing over with its professional negligence expertise. Focusing on the financial and legal spheres, Ben Hubble KC represents the solicitor in Davies v Greene, a high-profile “private prosecution” against the former President of the Law Society before the SDT, who the claimant alleges to have misled the court. Achieving a suspension instead of disbarment, Graeme McPherson KC acted for a barrister in BSB v Wareing, concerning multiple charges for dishonesty including making a false statement to an employment judge. In addition, Helen Evans KC – a 2022 Silk appointment – is representing Peter Meehan, the KPMG partner responsible for Carillion’s audit previous to its collapse, in a dispute surrounding allegations the audit involved forged documentation intended to deceive FRC officials.