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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

Living Wage
Work 020 7822 2000
Fax 020 7822 2001

Graeme McPherson QC

Work 020 7822 2000
4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)


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.




Canford School, Dorset; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1992 BA Hons; 1996 MA).


Horse racing.

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareFirst rate, very user friendly and a great strategist.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareA stickler for detail and prepares for every hearing exceptionally thoroughly.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareHas an incredible ability to absorb huge detail quickly.

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Within: Sport – Leading silks

Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareA genius in all things equestrian.

Within: Sport

The ‘well-resourced’ set at 4 New Square provides clients with ‘an overwhelmingly positive experience’; its barristers and clerks are ‘very polite, friendly and helpful’, and provide ‘a fast turnaround’. Equestrianism is an area of particular strength: Graeme McPherson QC defended British trainer Hughie Morrison against charges brought after one of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids. Active across a wide range of sports, Daniel Saoul acted for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in appeal proceedings brought by Lichfield Ladies RUFC and Thurrock RFC Ladies following their exclusion from the new Women’s Premier League.

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