Graham Ridler Partner T:01625 704136 M:07794 022851

A dispute resolution lawyer and insolvency specialist.

Graham advises on a broad range of disputes, including those arising out of a breach of contract, the mis-selling of financial products, professional negligence, breach of a shareholder or partnership agreement and breach of directors’ duties.  He is also a specialist in personal and corporate cross-border insolvency, providing advice on contentious and non-contentious issues, including financial restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, claims under personal guarantees and warranties, transactions at an undervalue, preference claims.  He is familiar with different practices in a variety of jurisdictions including the United States, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong and China. 

Graham represents private individuals, SMEs, directors and insolvency practitioners.  He has broad sector experience, with significant exposure to financial services and shipping.  His clients include Alvarez and Marsal, BDO, KPMG, and Zolfo Cooper and also acts as the point of contact for insolvency queries for the Financial Times.

Examples of Graham’s recent cases include:  

  • successfully securing an offer of settlement from Lloyds Bank on behalf of an SME which had been mis-sold an interest rate hedging product and found itself unable to remortgage without suffering significant financial penalties;
  • defeating a personal guarantee claim brought against the directors of an insolvent company by demonstrating the guarantee document was no more than a credit application form;  
  • recovering monies from HSBC in the UK on behalf of liquidators appointed to administer the affairs of a Hong Kong-based company, and for which a cross-border recognition order was required from the English courts; and
  • recovering monies on behalf of KPMG from a bankrupt individual who had attempted to shield assets by fudging legal ownership of one property and granting a legal charge over another property in favour of family members.