Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood

Barrister London
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1984
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General Information

Graeme Wood is a senior and experienced Barrister with a reputation as a highly effective advocate and a legal speaker of excellence. He has 35 years’ experience encompassing legal practice in the United Kingdom and Spain, academic appointments at Russell Group Universities in the UK (LSE and SOAS) and with leading overseas universities, leadership of a major transatlantic law programme and global speaking experience. His expertise is in commercial contracts, remedies, civil procedure, common law litigation including negligence and cross border and EU law and practice. He is Associate Professor of European Civil and Commercial Litigation at the University of Notre Dame.   

After studying for his Masters in Commercial Law under the doyen of commercial law academics, Professor Edward Hardy Ivamy, at University College London, Graeme was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1984 and offered pupillage in the leading commercial set at 2 Essex Court, Temple (now Quadrant Chambers) a premier set recognised as a leader in commercial, shipping and EU Law. He cut his teeth in commercial practice at the highest level amongst the top practitioners of the time including Nicholas Phillips. Jonathan Sumption, Jonathan Mance and Anthony Clarke (Subsequently President and Justices of the Supreme Court respectively). He worked closely with Nigel Teare QC (now Mr Justice Teare) Belinda Bucknall QC and Simon Gault. He had involvement in commercial cases at all levels up to the House of Lords including landmark decisions such as Leigh & Sillivan Ltd v Aliakmon Shipping Co a leading authority on pure economic loss in negligence. He has appeared in commercial matters in the High Court and court of Appeal and experienced the equivalent of a ‘Bushtucker Trial’ for an advocate in the last century – arguing a case before Mr Justice Harman in the Chancery Division.

Graeme has extensive advocacy experience in civil courts and before Tribunals. He combines a high level of forensic and research skills honed from his substantial exeperience as an academic lawyer, combined with an ability to effectively analayse and communicate compex legal issues. His experience extends to civil law systems having been an Associate Attorney for leading Spanish commercial firm, Ramos & Arroyo working alongside Spanish, Italian and German lawyers. He also practised in the field of commercial property law with West End firm Fox and Gibbons founded by noted British-Israeli lawyer, Michael Fox, who also founded Herzog, Fox and Neeman, Israel’s largest law firm. He also have acted as consultant to major US organisations including Time Warner. Graeme has conducted hundreds of lectures. seminars and programs for lawyers in the UK, EU and the Middle East. He has delivered programs for the European Academy of Law in Germany and the UK Trading Standards Institute. He has been Associate Professor at ESCP Europe Business School and the American University of Technology, Beirut.

Following the conlcusion of the O. J Simpson trial in 1996 he worked with celebrated Los Angeles Attorney Robert Shapiro who was part of the Simpson defence team and organised his 'Search for Justice' promotional tour to the UK. In 2017 he organised and presented a Supreme Court debate at King's College London with the Participation of Lord Phillips, former PSC, Lord Clarke former JSC, Dominic Grieve QC, Lord Falconer and Nathalie Lieven QC.  The event was Chaired by Maajid Nawaz Chair of Quilliam and LBC Presenter.




Areas of Law

Graeme Wood is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Consumer Contracts
  • International Law
  • Brexit Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Consumer Contracts
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence

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’ – March 2017 ‘To appear or not to appear, that is the question – Avoiding submission to the jurisdiction of a foreign court’ – – March 2017 ‘Are asymmetric jurisdiction clauses the antithesis of exclusive jurisdiction clauses under Brussels I Recast’ February 2017 ‘Derogating from party choice of applicable law under Rome I’ – January 2017 ‘Unjust enrichment and the Rome II Regulation’ – October 2016 ‘Supreme court Justices furnish their decision in celebrity privacy case’ – June 2016 ‘Enforcing foreign default judgments in England and Wales – avoiding jurisdictional red herrings’ – June 2016 ‘Penalising the penaliser- penalties doctrine survives assassination attempt in Supreme Court’ 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

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