Graeme Menzies

Position: Consultant
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222204
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222254

What can I do for you?

I specialise in resolving complex disputes and lead our commercial disputes team. I enjoy helping clients to sort out their business disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. I particularly enjoy enforcing or defending clients’ rights in line with their commercial objectives and devising a strategy to do so.

I act for a broad range of clients: public and private companies, public bodies and institutions (particularly universities and health) and foreign companies, law firms and their clients. The variety of work involved makes it really interesting: from fraud investigations to product recalls; international internet gaming disputes to corporate warranty claims and shareholder and partnership disputes; commercial contract advice to injunction applications to freeze assets and protect intellectual property and confidential information; defamation and reputation management; anti-bribery and corruption advice. I have a broad network of international contacts and business connections, which can often be very valuable for clients.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

We recently obtained High Court injunctions to protect a client’s confidential information, which involved a team of us working round the clock. The client complimented us on a “fantastic job, well done". We recently settled another claim for a fraction of the amount claimed following rigorous testing of the other side’s case in mediation. The client was delighted with the result and complimented our strategy and mastery of the voluminous paperwork. Much of my work has an international element. We recently settled a complex $25 million claim in ICC arbitration proceedings involving 12 parties in six jurisdictions. I enjoy getting to understand a client’s business and working with them to agree a strategy that delivers their commercial objectives.

What do others say?

Clients tell Legal 500 that I have “flexibility of approach and a willingness to understand the business.” They comment on a “sensible, pragmatic, commercial approach” and “in-depth knowledge” as well as having an “excellent, friendly” team. I am also “very well connected and have made some really valuable introductions” and “a man to have on your side in a fight” – “sensible, pragmatic and knowledgeable”.

What else should you know?

I am an accredited mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Bar Association. I co-ordinate our international practice. I am the primary contact for SCG Legal, a worldwide network of leading law firms, which provides ready access to 11,000 lawyers in 140 jurisdictions around the world. I use an extensive international network to ensure we can help support clients wherever they are doing business.