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Grahame Anderson


Grahame specialises in commercial, employment and sports litigation and is constructing a busy professional negligence practice. He has a particular interest in whistleblowing and discrimination law.

With a methodical and pragmatic approach, Grahame boasts regular instructions as sole counsel in multi-day hearings before County Courts and Employment Tribunals and has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court.

Grahame holds a degree in English law from the University of Cambridge and a maîtrise in French law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). He speaks fluent French and intermediate Japanese, having won a Tsuzuki Scholarship at the Japan University of Economics.

He is a lifelong fan of Newcastle United. More rationally, he has played the violin since he was old enough to fit one under his chin.

Follow Grahame’s tweets at @BarGrahame.



Grahame has acted in a broad range of tribunal, County Court and High Court employment cases, and has experience of judicial mediation. He regularly acts for Claimants and Respondents. Recent highlights have included:

  • Campbell v Luton Borough CouncilGrahame represented the successful Claimant in a multi-day disability discrimination claim; the Claimant was unable to attend the hearing to give evidence, but Grahame was nevertheless able to secure victory.
  • Coverdale and anor v AMEY Services LimitedGrahame acted for the successful Respondents in a claim that involved whistleblowing detriment, automatic unfair dismissal and discrimination.
  • Wraith v Driving Standards Agency – led by Gavin Mansfield QC in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a case that deals with discrimination law pre-Equality Act, and raises important points about issue estoppel in Employment Tribunals.
  • Grahame is currently representing the former Managing Director of a multi-billion dollar IT services firm in a major whistleblowing claim.
  • Grahame is currently representing a senior nurse in a five-day constructive dismissal claim against her former NHS Trust.
  • Grahame is currently instructed as sole counsel against a major international audit firm in a dispute about complex commission payments.


Grahame has been involved in drafting and advising across a range of commercial cases including:

  • Recently, Grahame succeeded in striking out a Claimant in a widely reported Supply of Goods Act claim
  • Grahame succeeded in striking out the Defendant, a mortgage advisor and broker, in a complex contract dispute that had involved seven hearings prior to Grahame’s instruction
  • Appearing as sole counsel for the Respondent in an injunction application. The application was to restrain the bringing of a winding-up petition. Grahame obtained indemnity costs for the successful Respondent
  • Representing both claimants and defendants in a number of cases involving breach of contract in the context of employment agencies/executive search firms. Much of this work was focussed on the legal and global financial recruitment markets
  • Advising a cosmetics distributor on methods under the Companies Act of effecting the removal of a shareholder/director guilty of misconduct


Grahame is joint Deputy Head of the Littleton Sports Group. Recent highlights from Grahame’s sports practice have included

  • Advising a national youth sport charity on safeguarding issues and drafting their safeguarding disciplinary policy
  • Grahame appeared alongside Jeremy Lewis in Tancock v British Swimming, an arbitral award under the auspices of Sports Resolution
  • During pupillage, he was involved in defending a claim against a former premiership star brought by a major European club. The case involved alleged contractual breaches on both sides and is destined for the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber in Switzerland


A significant proportion of Grahame’s commercial practice is devoted to arbitral work.

  • Much of Grahame’s arbitral work takes place in the sporting arena (and he has particular experience of FA rule K arbitration)
  • Grahame has acted in and advised on a number of ad hoc sports arbitrations, especially in selection and funding. Many of Grahame’s cases have involved complex questions of arbitrability
  • Grahame has acted in the role of arbitral secretary in a high value partnership dispute, a CIArb appointment
  • International arbitration and private international law were a special focus of study in Grahame’s post-graduate degree in Paris. 
Grahame welcomes instructions as counsel or as part of a larger legal team, as well as instructions for the role of arbitral secretary.

    Recent Talks


  • New FIFA Intermediaries Regulations and Future Agents Disputes, Wasserman Media Group, 18 March 2015
  • Prophet of Doom? update on recent developments in the law of injunctions and covenants, Taylor Wessing, 21 January 2015
  • Equality and Discrimination Challenges in Sports, Sports Resolutions seminar, 5 November 2014



  • 'Sports Law Yearbook 2015/16 - UK, Ireland and EU, author of chapter on Selection Disputes. Click here to view


  • "Sports Funding Disputes” with Jeremy Lewis.
  • "Late Early Conciliation: conflicting Tribunal decisions”, PLC Employment Law Blog, 26 April 2016
  • "Who will the court believe? Lessons on witness credibility from recent cases”, PLC Dispute Resolution Blog, 8 March 2016
  • "Indirect instruction: a flight of fancy?”, Practical Law Dispute Resolution Blog, 19 November 2015
  • "Adducing expert evidence: appeal in British Airways v Spencer” Practical Law Dispute Resolution Blog, 10 September 2015
  • "Samara sixteen months on: applications for relief from sanction and to set aside default judgment”, Practical Law Dispute Resolution Blog, 9 July 2015
  • "When is there a right to replay a football match?”, LawInSport.com, 10 June 2015
  • "Regulating unruly football fans: the state of English law and proposed improvements” with Lydia Banerjee, LawInSport.com, 7 May 2015
  • "Wild West’ or ‘Brave New World’: The new FIFA and FA Intermediaries Regulations”, LawInSport.com, 27 March 2015
  • "A Practical View from Tribunal: Extending Time Because of Early Conciliation”, Practical Law Company, 1 April 2014
  • "Fortification Fortified: the Court of Appeal’s judgment in EVP Ltd v Malabu Oil and Gas", Littleton, 17 October 2014



  • University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College, MA;
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) Maîtrise en Droit;
  • Japan University of Economics, Tsuzuki Scholar;
  • University of Northumbria, Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding.

    Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarships and Prizes:

  • Middle Temple, Baron Dr Van Heyden de Lancey Prize for best performance on the Bar course;
  • Middle Temple, Queen Mother’s Scholarship;
  • Trinity Chambers Prize for best overall performance on Bar course;
  • Northumbria University, Dean’s Scholarship;

Languages: Grahame speaks fluent French, and intermediate Japanese.