Graham Shear

Partner, Head of International - Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Graham Shear acts for a wide range of clients, including banks and financial institutions, defence companies and sports and entertainment businesses. He has particular expertise in contractual disputes and shareholder litigation." (Chambers UK 2015)
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Graham Shear has over 24 years experience as a commercial litigator
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  • 25+ years' experience as a commercial litigator both in the UK and internationally.
  • Responsible for developing the Litigation and Corporate Risk department Internationally.
  • Wide range of experience including contractual and shareholder disputes, specialist rights protection, complex recoveries and professional negligence.
  • Advises on complex and diverse fraud and internal investigation cases, which are often multi-jurisdictional.
  • Specialises in deploying strategy and tactics in crisis management. 
  • Acts for a broad range of clients, including corporates, Banks, Financial Institutions, Governments, High Net Worth individuals and entrepreneurs. 
  • Advises individuals and third parties in the sport and entertainment industry on a range of issues, including finance, defamation, privacy and crisis management.
  • A trusted advisor to Boards of large multinational Corporates, high net worth individuals and politicians on a range of commercial, legal and reputational issues.
  • Acts for finance companies' extending finance to the sport sector, as well as providing specialist advice to football clubs and regulators regarding sport regulation and governance. 
  • Recognised as a leader in commercial litigation, defamation, privacy and Sport Law in Chambers & Partners UK Guide and Commercial litigation, defamation, privacy, civil fraud and Sport law in Legal 500.
  • Lawyer of the week in The Times.


Lexology / Law in Sport / Chambers and Partners / Law Society / The Legal 500


Examples of Work

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Bakrie Family

Advised the Bakrie family and other Indonesian shareholders in Bumi plc in relation to an internal investigation in Indonesia conducted by Bumi plc, a Takeover Panel (TOP) investigation and hearings concerning concert party issues.



Advised HSBC in London and Switzerland on the media investigation and consequences of the Falciani data theft.


Phone Hacking

Provided (on-going) advice to a range of high profile celebrities relating to further potential phone hacking arising out of operations Weeting, Pinetree & Elveden.


British Virgin Islands

Acted for an investor in the Aman Hotels luxury hotel resort group, with 27 properties across the world, on a major cross-border shareholder dispute.


Career timeline

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