Graeme Wood

Title: Barrister

Graeme Wood is a senior and experienced Barrister with a reputation as a highly effective advocate. His expertise is in contract (commercial and consumer), commercial and business law, equitable claims and disputes, common law including professional and non-professional negligence and cross border law and practice including EU Law. He provides representation, drafting and advocacy in these areas. He has extensive advocacy experience before UK courts and Tribunals. He combines a high level of forensic skill and attention to detail with an ability to effectively analyse and communicate complex legal problems

He has 35 years’ PQE which included training in a leading commercial set in London and experience working with one of Spain's leading commercial firms in Barcelona. He has been involved in cases at all levels in the civil court system including landmark decisions such as Leigh & Sillivan v Aliakmon Shipping, a leading authority on pure economic loss in tort.

Graeme is available to provide his services to solicitors and law firms on an instructed or consultancy basis. He understands the needs and expectations of clients in his areas of specialism. He also represents limited companies and partnerships on a retained or ad hoc basis. He has full rights of audience in all courts in England and Wales.

He has provided specialist seminars to both barristers and solicitors in his areas of specialism and is highly regarded as a speaker.

Specialist areas of expertise include

Commercial, business and contract law 
Consultancy, advice, drafting, dispute resolution, advocacy in the following areas

  • Commercial and consumer contract disputes
  • Sale and supply of goods and services
  • Advising on contract remedies including money and non-money claims
  • Advice and representation on pre-contract issues including misrepresentation
  • Issues arising from non-perfomance and repudiation of commercial contracts
  • Advising on vitiating events
  • Interpretation and construction issues
  • Claims concerning carriage by air, road rail and sea
  • Equitable claims including claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act
  • Contentious Trusts claims including Trust constitution issues & objections to Trusts
  • Shipping disputes
  • Claims relating to carriage of goods by road, rail, sea and air

Civil Procedure
Consultancy, advice, drafting, dispute resolution and advocacy in the following areas:

  • All aspects of the Civil Procedure Rules
  • Small, Fast Track and Multi-Track Applications in the County Court
  • High Court Applications and hearings
  • Setting aside applications
  • Specialised interim applications e.g. Pre-Action Disclosure (PAD) Applications and Norwich Pharmacal Applications
  • Interim remedy Applications including freezing and other interim orders 
  • Drafting of documentation required for proceedings including statements of case and Witness Statements

Common law 
Consultancy, advice, drafting, dispute resolution and advocacy in the following areas:

  • All areas of common law including professional and non-professional negligence
  • Non-contractual economic and pure economic loss claims 
  • Personal injury including psychiatric injury claims
  • Advising on specialist issues relating to contribution and causation
  • Non-negligence common law claims including nuisance and misfeasance claims
  • Harassment claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Equality Act 2010 claims
  • Reputational damage claims including privacy and breach of confidentiality

Personal Injury
Consultancy, advice, drafting, dispute resolution and advocacy in the following areas

  • RTA claims
  • Accidents at work
  • Public liability
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Occupiers Liability

Cross Border including EU law and Practice
Consultancy, advice, drafting, dispute resolution and advocacy in the following areas:

  • Cases having a  foreign element
  • Cross border contract and non-contractual matters
  • Jurisdiction issues involving the EU
  • Choice of court and jurisdiction Agreements
  • Staying proceedings before the courts in England and Wales
  • Anti-suit injunctions to prevent proceedings abroad
  • Parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions
  • Cross Border flight delay claims  (EU 261/2004)
  • Interim remedies in cross border cases
  • Enforcement pf judgments from EU members states and other jurisdictions

Academic
Graeme is Associate Professor of European Civil and Commercial Litigation at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching areas include:

  • Legal instruments governing civil and commercial litigation in the EU
  • Jurisdiction under Brussels I and Brussels Recast
  • Choice of law issues under the Rome I and II Regulations
  • Remedies in EU Civil and Commercial Litigation including pre-emptive remedies
  • Enforcing foreign judgments from the EU and Non -EU countries
  • Proof of and exclusion of foreign laws
  • Staying proceedings before the courts in England and Wales
  • Anti-suit injunctions restraining foreign proceedings
  • Lis alibi pendens and  parallel proceedings
  • Choice of court and jurisdiction Agreements
  • The European approach to United States judgments
  • Arbitration and European Commercial Litigation

Personal website; www.europalaw.com

 

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Almona Choudhury

Title: Practice Manager

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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