Graeme Wood

Title: Consultant

Summary

I am a consultant with practice experience at the highest level, academic experience with Russell Group institutions in the UK and leading overseas universities, leadership of a major transatlantic law programme, experience of civil law practice and global speaking experience. I have expertise in Commercial Contracts, Remedies, Civil Procedure, Common Law Litigation, Cross-Border and EU Law & Practice.

Career Bio

I was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1984 and was invited by Anthony Clarke QC (now Lord Clarke JSC) to undertake training for the Bar at 2 Essex Court (now Quadrant), a recognised leader in commercial, shipping and EU law. I cut my teeth in practice at the highest level amongst the top practitioners of the day including Nicholas Phillips, Jonathan Sumption, Jonathan Mance and Anthony Clarke, (all subsequent President and Justices of the Supreme Court). I worked closely with Nigel Teare QC (now Mr. Justice Teare), Belinda Bucknell QC and Simon Gault.

I had involvement in cases at all levels and worked on landmark commercial cases such as The Hollandia. I have appeared in corporate matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal and have experience of commercial arbitration. I also experienced (and survived!) the equivalent of a ‘Bushtucker trial’ for an advocate in the last century – arguing a case before ‘Harman the Horrible’ (Mr. Justice Harman) in the Chancery Division. 

I have practical experience of civil law systems having been an Associate Attorney for Spanish commercial firm Ramos & Arroyo headed by Ignacio Arroyo and Franceso Ramos. During this period I lived and worked in Antonio Gaudi’s renowned ‘La Pedrera’ building in the centre of Barcelona. I worked alongside Spanish, Italian and German lawyers. 

I 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. I have acted as consultant to major US organisations including Time Warner.

In the 1990’s I built one of the most ground-breaking and dynamic legal education programs seen in the UK to date. Together with US giant Harcourt Brace, I brought practitioners from US law firms and professors from Harvard, Cornell and other leading law schools to British and Irish locations and helped hundreds of British and European lawyers to attain US legal qualifications. I also worked with celebrated Los Angeles Attorney, Robert Shapiro, lead Attorney for O.J. Simpson and in the aftermath of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson I implemented and organised Mr Shapiro’s media visit to the UK.

I have delivered legal programs at the highest level. I taught the Obligations programme at SOAS, University of London for a decade with the late Professor Andrew Huxley also at the LSE, including the LSE global summer school in commercial law. I have delievered training sessions for the European Academy of Law in Germany and the UK Trading Standards Institute. I have conducted hundreds of lectures, seminars and programs for lawyers in the UK, the EU and the Middle East. I have been an Associate Professor at ESCP one of Europe’s leading business schools and for the American University of Technology in Beirut. 

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Almona Choudhury

Title: Consultant

Summary

I have Legal training & practice experience at the highest level, substantial experience in the commercial sector in the UK & USA & am am established entrepreneur in the real estate, retail and educational sectors.

Career Bio

I graduated in law in 1991 and after studying at the Inns of Court School of Law was trained in leading commercial chambers at 4 Pump Court, Temple, London. I am a member of The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.

Aside from my legal background, I have a 20 year track record of entrepreneurship in the property, retail and legal sectors. I have been involved in developing a family retail, restaurant and property empire in London having a multi-million pound turnover and asset stock. This includes substantial Georgian town houses in front of the British Museum, rental stock across North London and Stoke Newington’s largest restaurant outlet. For many years I headed the provision of in-house legal services across the range of businesses, involving high level contractual and property transactions.

In the 1990's I collaborated with fellow consultant Graeme Wood and US giant Harcourt Brace in introducing ground-breaking US legal education programmes in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Far East. I am committed to excellence in the field of legal training and services and my legal, commercial and educational background enable me to provide a most effective serviced to clients. 

 

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