BLP appoints leading commercial litigator Graham Shear

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed Graham Shear, a leading commercial litigator, as a partner within its litigation and dispute resolution team.

Graham has over 22 years experience as a commercial litigator both in the UK and internationally. His experience is far reaching and includes contractual and shareholder disputes plus specialist rights protection. He is also a recognised leader in the sports, media and entertainment industries receiving top rankings in the Chambers guide for both sport and defamation and is listed for TMT (Technology Media & Telecoms) in Legal 500. Graham acts for corporates, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs together with a broad mix of those in the sport and entertainment industry.

He will be joined at BLP by fellow Teacher Stern lawyer, Joby Davies, who has particular expertise in media and sports litigation. Joby and Graham will both start at BLP in September 2009.

BLP has been expanding its litigation team for a number of years and has made several high profile appointments. Partners that have been recruited include banking and financial services litigators David Hughes and Segun Osuntokun (both from DLA), FSA investigations and enforcement specialists Sidney Myers (previously at Allen & Overy, to head BLP’s Financial Services Practice) and Nathan Willmott (from Freshfields), and Wendy Miller (from Clifford Chance) as joint head of Real Estate Disputes. More recently Nic Fletcher, joined from Clifford Chance to lead BLP’s International Arbitration team. Other recent firmwide hires include leverage finance expert Andrew Bamber and private equity specialist Raymond McKeeve.

Jonathan Sacher, BLP’s head of litigation and dispute resolution, said: “Graham is an excellent commercial litigator across a diverse range of sectors, who has the ability to connect with teams across our firm and internationally. He adds significantly to the range of commercial litigation expertise we are able to offer clients. These appointments and the recent arrival of Nic Fletcher confirms BLP’s contentious business as a magnet for quality lawyers.”

Graham added: “BLP’s full service offering was key to my decision to join BLP. BLP has set about strengthening and developing key practice areas but have done it in a way that provides their clients and lawyers with the flexibility to work across both specialist groups and international locations. As well as advising clients in the sports and media sectors, I want to be able to build on my general commercial litigation work.”

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