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Graeme MacLeod

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Graeme MacLeod is a partner in our Disputes Team in CMS Edinburgh, which is recognised as a market leader in Scotland.  He specialises in commercial litigation and professional negligence claims, and advises banks, corporates, public bodies, and insurers about a variety of disputes across both fields.

A lawyer with the firm since 2002, Graeme acts for clients in high value commercial disputes in Scotland's Court of Session and Sheriff Courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation and arbitration. He is well regarded for his expertise in banking, regulatory, commercial contract and fraud-related matters, and for his knowledge of insolvency litigation. His wide-ranging practice encompasses claims ranging from judicial review of regulatory bodies to intellectual property infringement and from international asset recovery to defamation.

His work in the professional indemnity sphere involves the defence of claims for professionals and their insurers across a broad spectrum of both traditional and emerging professions. He is particularly recognised for his expertise in claims against solicitors.  

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"An “excellent negotiator”, he has "great intellectual acumen and ability to cut through complex data" "

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Relevant experience

  • GBP 12m claim for breach of contract and negligence arising from an alleged customer fraud for a major Scottish bank.
  • Multi-million pound damages claim for fraud for listed offshore services company.
  • Negligence claim and process improvements arising from failures under a key IT outsourcing contract for a major international bank.
  • Disciplinary proceedings by SPL and SFA relating to player registration issues for Scottish Premier League football club.
  • Comprehensive review of disciplinary procedures for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
  • Substantial claim against former directors for misappropriation of assets and wrongful trading for administrators of an insolvent retail company.
  • GBP 3m contractual claim for charges arising from disposal of waste to landfill against waste services company.
  • GBP 17m claim against surveyors arising from allegedly negligent valuation of a hotel for a major bank.
  • Panel Solicitor for insurers and solicitors under Law Society of Scotland Master Policy, defending claims against solicitors with a particular focus on complex and/or high value claims.
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Education

  • 2002 – Law, Dip LP, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2001 - Law, LLB (Ord) (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 1999 - BA (Hons) (First Class), Worcester College, Oxford                                         
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28 May 2020
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, Fourth Edi­tion 2020: Scot­land
24 September 2020
Scot­tish court con­siders wheth­er re­dac­tion of doc­u­ments by loc­al au­thor­ity...
A re­cent de­cision of the Sher­iff Court in Scot­land is a re­mind­er that the mundane and of­ten te­di­ous task of doc­u­ment dis­clos­ure can come with sig­ni­fic­ant risks. The an­onymised judg­ment in Re XY which...
28 April 2020
Key con­sid­er­a­tions for con­duct­ing in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions re­motely
This guide ex­plores the key prac­tic­al and leg­al is­sues that in­vest­ig­at­ors should have in mind when car­ry­ing out their work on in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions re­motely in­clud­ing plan­ning, priv­ilege, in­ter­views and em­ploy­ment rights, data gath­er­ing and pro­tec­tion a
17 September 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 2: ...
A new mech­an­ism for group pro­ceed­ings came in­to ef­fect in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see the rules here). We have already com­men­ted on the cer­ti­fic­a­tion stage of the new re­gime (see here). In this short...
5 September 2019
Ker­nel: Au­tumn 2019
Wel­come to the latest edi­tion of Ker­nel, our Scot­land food and drink bul­let­in. In Ker­nel, we ex­am­ine cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the Scot­tish food and drink in­dustry and provide bites­ize art­icles on key de­vel­op­ments.
15 July 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 1:...
Last month we re­por­ted on the new class ac­tion mech­an­ism that is be­ing in­tro­duced in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see here).  The new mech­an­ism is in­ten­ded to bet­ter fa­cil­it­ate group claims.  It is be­ing...
21 March 2019
CMS Fin­an­cial In­sti­tu­tions Op­er­a­tion­al Re­si­li­ence Re­port
Down­load the full re­port to read about the key is­sues that were dis­cussed dur­ing the pan­el ses­sions and that are likely to arise for fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions.
10 June 2020
Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure to come in­to force on 31 Ju­ly 2020
A new mech­an­ism for bring­ing group pro­ceed­ings (class ac­tions) in Scot­land will come in­to force on 31 Ju­ly 2020. Class ac­tions rep­res­ent a sig­ni­fic­ant risk for cor­por­ate and pub­lic sec­tor de­fend­ants alike....
1 June 2018
Ker­nel: Sum­mer 2018
Wel­come to the latest edi­tion of Ker­nel, our Scot­land food and drink bul­let­in. In Ker­nel, we ex­am­ine cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the Scot­tish food and drink in­dustry and provide bites­ize art­icles on key de­vel­op­ments.
23 July 2019
Sent hame­ward tae think again - High Court in Eng­land has jur­is­dic­tion...
Should where you are phys­ic­ally work­ing de­cide where the law says ser­vices are be­ing per­formed? In a claim brought in the High Court in Eng­land, a Scot­tish law firm sought a rul­ing that the courts of...
4 December 2017
Ker­nel: Winter Edi­tion
Wel­come to the second edi­tion of Ker­nel, our Scot­land food and drink bul­let­in. In Ker­nel, we ex­am­ine cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the Scot­tish food and drink in­dustry and provide bites­ize art­icles on key de­vel­op­ments.
13 June 2019
No pic­tures, please: Scot­land v Eng­land as a for­um for de­fam­a­tion cases
The Court of Ap­peal in Eng­land & Wales has handed down its judg­ment in the mat­ter of Howard Kennedy v The Na­tion­al Trust for Scot­land [2019] EW­CA Civ 648, on ap­peal from the de­cision of Sir Dav­id Eady,...