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Graham Read KC is a specialist in commercial law (including contract law; IT and construction disputes; ADR; arbitration), communications and environmental law. Very detailed expertise in telecoms law, including regulatory disputes (e.g.  BT v Ofcom (080 numbers) BT v Ofcom (Ethernet)); interconnect agreements (e.g. Tonylogo v Totem); tariff charging; and telecoms misuse. Very heavy involvement with the Electronic Communications Code and recent test cases: e.g. EE v Islington, EE v Meyrick Trust and CTIL v University of Arts. Detailed experience of the Competition and Markets Authority (e.g. TalkTalk v Ofcom and the postal services sector (e.g. R (DHL) v Ofcom). Extensive experience in commercial litigation and all ancillary matters, e.g. conflict of laws (Connelly v RTZ, and Africa v Cape), arbitration and mediation (as both advocate and arbitrator/mediator), and international freezing orders (e.g. Banco Nacional v Empressa). Wide experience of contract disputes, including TCC cases (JDM v DEFRA) and IT (Ardentia v BT). Has been involved in some of the largest environmental law cases (e.g. Reay v British Nuclear Fuels, Ngcombo v Thor Chemical Holdings).

For more information on Graham’s practice and latest case highlights, please consult his full Devereux profile.


Called 1981; QC 2003.

Publications: Inter alia, various peer reviewed articles in Communications Law.




MA Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Arden Scholar Gray’s Inn.


Roman history, European history 1900-1945, swimming, concerts.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Telecoms Regulation

(Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Graham Read KCDevereux

With a spread between regulatory and non-regulatory issues, the barristers at Devereux are noted for their role in commercial disputes involving telecom providers, regulatory appeals, Electronic Communications Code issues, and IT matters. Among other highlights, Graham Read KC represented EE and Hutchinson 3G in EE and H3G v Stephenson & AP Wireless II Ltd, involving a preliminary issue with regard to what needs to be alleged under Part 5 of the ECC, after the claimants sought to terminate an existing agreement. Led by Read, Georgina Hirsch acted for BT in BT & TalkTalk v Ofcom, concerning an alleged breach of an obligation to have ethernet product prices based on a cost orientation formula.

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Graham Read KCDevereuxHe is a very safe pair of hands and is unflappable. His technical brilliance, combined with a very approachable and pleasant demeanour makes working with him an absolute delight.

Active across a range of matters, the members at Devereux act for major local and overseas telecom and infrastructure providers. In BT v TalkTalk Communications Limited, Graham Read KC acted on behalf of BT, seeking £16m of electronic communication service payments allegedly withheld by TalkTalk. Also acting on this case was Rory Cochrane, who further represented BT in a nuisance claim in connection with water damage at a claimant’s basement, alleged to have been caused by one of BT’s chambers. Shaen Catherwood acted for the defendant in Amadeo v BT, a claim for alleged damages in combination with an injunction to restrain acts of trespass and nuisance, targeted at independent sub-contractors on site – a dispute now settled.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Graham Read KCDevereux ‘His technical brilliance, combined with a very approachable and pleasant demeanor makes working with him an absolute delight.’