Graeme Wood is a senior and experienced barrister with a reputation as a highly effective and articulate advocate. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray's Inn in 1984 and to the Bar of Ireland by King's Inns Dublin in 2020.
His expertise is in contentious contract (commercial and consumer), matrimonial finance, involving all areas of the matrimonial causes legislation and other family law matters, fitness to practice proceedings, matters involving cross border issues and foreign law, business tenancy and service charge disputes, personal injury litigation and applications and drafting under the civil procedure rules. He provides representation, drafting and advocacy in all these areas.
With extensive advocacy experience before UK courts and tribunals, Graeme combines a high level of forensic skill and attention to detail, with an ability to effectively analyse and communicate complex legal problems. He has recently been involved in permission to appeal proceedings before the United Kingdom Supreme Court in matters on Appeal from the Court of Session in Scotland.
Graeme regularly takes instructions under the Bar Council Direct Access scheme. He has 35 years’ PQE which included training in a leading commercial set in London.
Areas of law
- Contentious Contract
- Business Law
- Matrimonial Finance
- Other Family Law
- Fitness to Practice
- Civil Procedure Rules
- Contentious Probate & Wills
- Business Tenancy
- Travel & Holiday Claims
- Professional Negligence
- Interim Applications
- Education-Related Disputes
- Family law
- Contentious contract disputes in all courts - County, High Court and Appellate
- Disputes involving business parties or business and consumer parties
- Proceedings involving ancillary relief under the Matrimonial Causes legislation
Other Family Law
- Private law Children Act proceedings, including custody disputes, Guardianship matters, Partental alienation claims. Section 8 orders
Fitness to Practice
- Representation, advice and assistance in Fitness to Practice proceedings before professional bodies and regulators in England and Wales
Civil Procedure Rules
- Expertise in drafting pleadings under the civil procedure rules and on making and defending applications in civil litigation. All common law matters including personal injury litigation
Contentious Probate & Wills
- Contentious probate and trust claims/disputes relating to wills and executors
- Business tenancy and service charge disputes
Travel & Holiday Claims
- Including Regulation 261 and holiday sickness claims
- Interim applications in domestic and cross-border litigation, including applications for freezing, asset disclosure, anton piller and other forms of interim remedies
- Including litigation
- Personal and corporate insolvency
- Actions by liquidators
- Associate Professor of European Civil Litigation at the University of Notre Dame, a leading University in the United States
Areas of Law
Graeme Wood is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- International Law
- Business & Commercial Law
- Consumer Contracts
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Clinical Negligence
- Professional Negligence
- Wills & Probate
- Inheritance Act Claims
- Brexit Law
- Personal Injury
- Public Access Accredited
- Land & Property
- Business & Commercial Law
- Family Law
- Consumer Contracts
Happy to help in the following additional areas:
- Commercial Arbitration & ADR inc Adjudication
- Personal Injury
Outside of these key areas of law, Graeme Wood is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Graeme direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Cases and Publications
‘The Great Repeal Lie – Civil Jurisdiction & judgments in a post-Brexit landscape’ – Europalaw.com March 2017 ‘To appear or not to appear, that is the question – Avoiding submission to the jurisdiction of a foreign court’ – Europlaw.com – March 2017 ‘Are asymmetric jurisdiction clauses the antithesis of exclusive jurisdiction clauses under Brussels I Recast’ Europalaw.com February 2017 ‘Derogating from party choice of applicable law under Rome I’ – Europalaw.com January 2017 ‘Unjust enrichment and the Rome II Regulation’ – Europalaw.com October 2016 ‘Supreme court Justices furnish their decision in celebrity privacy case’ – Europalaw.com June 2016 ‘Enforcing foreign default judgments in England and Wales – avoiding jurisdictional red herrings’ – Europalaw.com June 2016 ‘Penalising the penaliser- penalties doctrine survives assassination attempt in Supreme Court’ Euroipalaw.com June 2016 ‘Elements of arrest of vessels in Spain’ Hull Claims Analysis vol 5 issues 5 & 6 ‘The substance and procedure of suing for cargo damage in Spain’ Cargo Claims Analysis vol 5 issue 3 ‘Pre-trial security measures under Spanish and English law’ Cargo Claims Analysis vol 5 issue 6 ‘Title insurance in overseas time-share holiday schemes’ Insurance and Reinsurance Law International vol 7 issue 1 ‘Third party rights against P & I associations’ Insurance and Reinsurance law International vol 6 issue 7 & 8 ‘A ship owners’ liability for defective vessels – a legislative lacuna’ Hull Claims Analysis vol 4 issue 4 ‘A lacuna remedied – the Derbyshire in the Lords’ Hull Claims Analysis vol 4 issue 4 ‘Late claims against insolvent insurers’ Insurance & Reinsurance Law International vol 4 issue 10 ‘Concurrent causation in California’ Insurance & Reinsurance law International vol 4 issue 12 ‘The maritime lien under US and English law – a comparative study’ Cargo Claims Analysis vol 4 issue 10
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register
If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3. I, Graeme Wood, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4. It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:
· Advise on the prospects of litigation;
· Advise on the value of your claim;
· Representation at a court hearing;
· Representation at trial;
· Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.
5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.
6. The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.
7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.
8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.
Recipients of your data
9. I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:
(i) Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;
(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;
(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;
(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;
(vi) Education and examining bodies; and
(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.
Special Categories of Data
10. In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.
11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.
12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.
13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.
14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:
(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;
(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;
(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;
(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.
15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.
16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation.
17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.
19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.
20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.
21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests.
22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object.
23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:
(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;
(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;
(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or
(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.
24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).
25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort.
26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.
Complaints or Queries
27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: Graeme.Wood@clerksroom.com, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.
28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.
29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/
Melanie McGuirk, Partner - View LinkedIn Pannone Corporate LLP
‘Excellent...Graeme has sifted through complex judgments and distilled them into easily understandable principles. He has been engaging, charismatic and has produced great practical examples and a structured approach for analysing the key issues.’