Graham Shear

Partner, Head of International - 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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Over 24 years experience as a commercial litigator
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  • 24+ years' experience as a commercial litigator both in the UK and internationally.
  • BLP board member with responsibility for developing the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice internationally.
  • Wide range of experience including contractual and shareholder disputes, specialist rights protection, complex recoveries and professional negligence.
  • Specialises in deploying strategy and tactics in crisis management. Advises on complex and diverse cases, which are often multi-jurisdictional. 
  • 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 defamation, privacy, crisis management and internal investigations.
  • A trusted advisor to boards of large multinational, high net worth individuals and politicians on a range of commercial, legal and reputational issues.
  • Acts for finance companies' extending finance to the sport and film industries, as well as providing specialist advice to football clubs and regulators regarding sport regulation and governance. 
  • Recognised for commercial litigation, defamation and sports in Chambers 2015.

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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