“An absolute star. Supremely knowledgeable and reassuring.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“His client manner is second to none and the firm thrives on his leadership.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“An outstanding lawyer and has a real skill in getting to the heart of the matter.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Graham Huntley is a doyen of London banking litigation, and has led many of the biggest cases of recent years. A master tactician.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

A “vastly experienced and clever litigator.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Graham Huntley is utterly dedicated.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Graham Huntley “is a litigation superstar; tough and relentless; never gives up.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Graham Huntley is a legend on the London litigation scene. He is a master of litigation strategy, but also has complete command of the detail of the case.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Graham Huntley is a very well known name in the litigation space – hugely experienced.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

A “veteran of large fraud cases“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Graham “is a lawyer to rely on in a crisis”

Chambers UK 2020

“He is extremely responsive, exceptionally knowledgeable and has a knack for providing succinct, strategic advice no matter how complex the problem or how pressured the timescale”

Chambers UK 2020

“Graham is a natural leader who consistently gets the best from his team”

Chambers UK 2020

An “absolutely tenacious and really dedicated litigator”

Chambers UK 2020

Sources describe him as an “exceptionally strong strategist”

Chambers UK 2020

“Graham Huntley stands out for his superior knowledge of commercial disputes, banking claims and civil fraud matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“Graham is very experienced, energetic and tactical as a litigator. He can deal with the most challenging of cases with good humour and real skill”

Chambers UK 2020

“Described by a client as “an extremely brilliant lawyer””

Chambers UK 2020

Described as “an extraordinary legal mind”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“He really is at the top of his game – he has years of experience and really marshals the resources of his team well. He provides a quick response and is very flexible.”

Chambers UK 2019

Graham is commended as a litigator you would not want to have on the other side.

The Legal 500 UK 2016

Graham is one of the most experienced litigators in London.

The Legal 500 UK 2016

An excellent and careful strategist with unparalleled knowledge of judges, barristers and arbitrators.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Graham is one of the doyens of the London litigation market.

The Legal 500 UK 2017

An “extremely creative and lateral lawyer“.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

A “highly rated litigator“.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Sources say he is “a real force of nature” and a “real straight shooter who is supportive of the staff working with him.“

Chambers UK 2017

Graham “gets results for his clients” and “has got it evolved to an art form.“

Chambers UK 2017

Graham “is extremely energetic and a clever, inventive lawyer looking for solutions.“

Chambers UK 2017

Graham “is extremely clever and a brilliant tactician who knows exactly when to push on and when to pull back – he is fearless without being foolish.“

Chambers UK 2019

“Graham is one of the best litigators I know.”

Chambers UK 2019

Sources describe him as a first-class litigator who thinks deeply about his cases, is fantastic on the strategy and really committed to clients.

Chambers UK 2019

Graham is “that rare breed of senior litigator who rolls up his sleeves and doesnt simply delegate to associates“.

The Legal 500 UK 2014

“Graham Huntley is a “formidable, tenacious and committed” litigator.“

Chambers Global 2018

Graham “has a fine legal brain, but is also commercially astute. He is certainly a lawyer that you want fighting your corner, not the other way round.“

Chambers Global 2018

Graham Huntley of Signature Litigation is highly regarded for his experience in fraud disputes and investigations. Sources admire his real eye for detail.’

Chambers UK 2015

Graham is an intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach.

Chambers UK 2015

Sources say he is extremely tenacious and keeps the clients interests in mind.

Chambers UK 2015

Graham is a “very well-known figure in the litigation world” and a “superb technical lawyer.“

Chambers UK 2016

Sources say: “He is the sort of lawyer who unearths and chases down fraud.“

Chambers UK 2016

Biography

Graham Huntley is a founding partner of Signature Litigation and a senior specialist commercial and banking litigator. With his time at Signature and previously as a partner in a major international law firm, Graham has over 35 years’ experience in commercial litigation.

Graham is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the UK’s highest ranked commercial and banking litigators and has been involved in some of the most significant cases of recent years. The Chambers UK 2022 Guide describes him as “a shining light in the litigation market” with “deep experience” and “immense strategic ability”. Previous recent editions describe him as “very bright, very hard-working, a good tactician” and “very committed and driven”. Graham has also been ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for Dispute Resolution: Litigation – UK, and has been noted as “a real force of nature” and a “real straight shooter who is supportive of the staff working with him”.

The Legal 500 UK 2022 recognises Graham in its ‘Hall of Fame’ for both banking litigation and commercial litigation, and a ‘Leading Individual’ for his civil fraud expertise. He is described as “a doyen of London banking litigation” and a “master tactician”. He is further praised as an “absolute star”, and an “outstanding lawyer [who] has a real skill in getting to the heart of the matter”. A commentator notes “client manner is second to none and the firm thrives on his leadership” and another comments Graham is “utterly dedicated; he will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client”. Previous Guides have praised him as “hugely experienced” and an “exceptional litigator”. Graham is further considered “a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker” and “a force of nature, a very impressive litigator with a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients.” The Guide has also noted Graham is an “extremely creative and lateral lawyer”. The Legal 500 UK 2017 regards Graham as “an excellent and careful strategist with unparalleled knowledge of judges, barristers and arbitrators”. In The Legal 500 UK 2016, Graham is commended as a litigator “you would not want to have on the other side” and “one of the most experienced litigators in London”. Graham is praised for his ability to bring “huge experience” to cases. Graham has also been recognised by Citywealth as a Leading Lawyer, as part of the ‘Citywealth Leaders List’ and is also consistently recognised in the Who’s Who Legal Guides for his litigation and asset recovery expertise.

Graham acts for banks, fund managers and life assurers in relation to M&A disputes, public and private investigations, shareholder and joint venture disputes as well as a range of economic tort claims. Graham also has extensive experience of warranty claims and professional indemnity work for a range of corporate and financial institutions as well as for professionals. His experience of ADR includes three of the UK’s most significant mediations involving financial institutions.

Graham Huntley is a past Trustee and President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and has served as a member of several judicial and professional working parties including the Commercial Court Users’ Group. He has rights of audience in the Higher Courts of England and Wales.

Graham also has a long-standing commitment to pro-bono work, having served as International Pro-Bono Partner for ten years at his previous firm.  He is currently a Director of the London Legal Support Trust as well as Chairman of the Capital Cases Charitable Trust.

Experience

  • Representing Privinvest in connection with a US$2bn claim brought against Credit Suisse by the Republic of Mozambique. The claim relates to supply agreements and supporting financial instruments and guarantees entered into by state-owned enterprises dedicated to the development of Mozambique’s offshore Exclusive Economic Zone and supporting international investment into its oil and gas reserves. The claim engages allegations of bribery of Mozambican government officials.
  • Instructed by the investment fund of Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili and his family in a dispute against Credit Suisse for losses over mismanagement of his portfolio in Switzerland, which have led to criminal proceedings against the bank’s fund managers. Civil proceedings in Singapore are in progress. The Supreme Court of Bermuda recently ruled in favour of the client, ordering Credit Suisse to pay damages “substantially in excess of $500 million” from its local life insurance entity.
  • Acted on behalf of the parent company of a telecommunications firm, Cellcom Telecommunications, in relation to allegations of fraud and cyber attacks allegedly designed to gain a commercial advantage over a competitor in Liberia. This case is one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2022.
  • Acting for members of the Barclay family in claims brought against them in the English High Court by Sir Frederick and Amanda Barclay in relation to recordings of conversations at the Ritz Hotel. The commercial dispute concerned allegations of breach of confidence, misuse of information and breach of data protection rights. Signature advised on the clients’ defence, the wider litigation strategy and confidential settlement
  • Acting for ENRC in landmark proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office regarding legal professional privilege, which the Court of Appeal determined in ENRC’s favour.
  • Acting on behalf of approximately 40 institutional clients and over 8,000 individual shareholders to bring claims against RBS over its 2008 rights issue following the disastrous acquisition of ABN Amro. This case was recognised as one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2017.
  • Advising an investment bank based in London and the CIS in relation to several fee and market practice issues arising under banking mandates and totalling $140 million in unpaid fees and damages.
  • Conducting heavy Commercial Court proceedings in relation to a range of financial transactions in respect of which allegations of conspiracy, fraud, breach of tortious duty, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty under English and Luxembourg laws were all in issue.
  • Advising authorised persons in relation to an ongoing investigation by US regulators (the SEC and the DOJ) and the UK Financial Conduct Authority into the obligations and practices regarding the mark-to-market of a complex book of credit default swaps involving detailed and expert analysis of the marking of tranche trades and index trades.

Publications

Why lawyers want to go solo: It’s ‘very difficult’ to change the culture in a law firm – Financial News – 11 May 2022

Brown Rudnick and Signature go head-to-head in billionaire asset disputeThe Lawyer – 5 April 2022

Signature strengthens banking disputesCDR News – 24 November 2021

Signature Litigation Hires Finance Partner From Dechert – Law360 – 23 November 2021

Graham Huntley comments in Legal Week re the recent rise in boutique law firms – Legal Week – 22 March 2021

CONTENTIOUS INSOLVENCY EXPERT JOINS SIGNATURE LITIGATION AND WARNS ABOUT FUTURE OF ECONOMYEdward Fennell’s Legal Diary – 9 October 2020

Increased insolvency and disputes talent at Signature LitigationCommercial Dispute Resolution News – 7 October 2020

Signature Litigation Boosts Revenue By Nearly A ThirdLegal Week – 1 October 2020

News regarding 2019/20 turnover and Paul Brehony appointmentThe Lawyer – 1 October 2020

APPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK – TOM SNELLING AT SIGNATURE LITIGATION – Edward Fennell’s Legal Diary – 4 June 2020

Signature Litigation snaps up Snelling – New Law Journal – 31 May 2020

Signature signs up Snelling – CDR – 28 May 2020

Perfect storms – Cases of the year – Legal Business – 27 March 2020

Signature Litigation welcomes Nicolas Brooke in Paris – CDR – 28 August 2019

Former SocGen GC moves to litigation boutiqueGlobal Investigations Review – 8 May 2019

News regarding Nicolas Brooke’s appointment – The Lawyer – 8 May 2019

Press comments in relation to boutique law firmsThe Times – 3 August 2018

Interview regarding pro bono workThe Times Raconteur – 28 June 2018

Law versus reality on solicitors’ billsNew Law Journal – 19 January 2018

Q&A: Signature Litigation’s Graham Huntley on potential mergers and the need for litigators to behaveLegal Business – 21 April 2017

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