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Graham trained and qualified as an English solicitor with Clifford Chance, where he spent 22 years. After 10 years in London Graham was seconded to Clifford Chance’s Dubai office in 2004 and became regional managing partner. Graham joined Gibson Dunn in January 2016 to head up the regional disputes practice. He specialises in complex commercial arbitration and litigation, often with a cross-border element.
Graham is Chairman of the DIFC Authority Legislative Committee, a Member of the Steering Committee for the ICC UAE, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), former Member of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Arbitration Committee and Member of the Advisory Board of the IBA Arab Regional Forum. He is co-editor of Summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration (ICC). Graham regularly appears as an advocate before the DIFC Courts and sits as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations. He also has full rights of audience in the English Courts.
For a number of years Graham has been recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of Dispute Resolution – currently Tier 1 rankings in Dispute Resolution for both UAE and Middle East-wide by Chambers Global 2021 as well as Corporate Investigations by Chambers Global 2020. Renowned for his expert handling of cases in the UAE and throughout the Middle East Chambers sources described him as “the superstar of the region”, “a pillar of the UAE legal community,” clients also highlight his “years of experience” and declare him “a very capable advocate.” In previous years, the publication quoted him as “highly regarded for being a very pragmatic litigator”, ‘very knowledgeable…’, ‘top of the class practitioner” and “an absolutely great legal mind with a customer comes first attitude – one of the best I have worked with’. In addition, Graham has been recommended as a ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500 EMEA 2021 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation. He is consistently listed as a key individual in Legal 500 EMEA 2013-2018, and is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2020 and Asset Recovery 2021. He was also named the 2017 Arbitration and Mediation ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the United Arab Emirates, and also recognized in the field of Litigation by Best Lawyers. He is also ranked for International Arbitration and Litigation in the Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers guide 2021.
In September 2019, Graham was appointed by Decree by HH the Ruler of Dubai as a Trustee of the Board of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), one of only two ex-patriate appointments to the Board. The appointment is for three years.
Guilford College - 1993 Legal Practice Course
England & Wales - Solicitor