Duncan Graves is an associate in Latham & Watkins’ London office and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice. Mr. Graves is a barrister representing clients in commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Mr. Graves primarily assists commercial clients and financial institutions with disputes before the Courts of England and Wales with a focus on matters with an international aspect. He has experience of taking cases both to trial and appellate hearings, and he is also well-versed in securing advantageous settlements for his clients, including at mediations.
Mr. Graves regularly provides strategic advice on issues concerning shareholders and directors, including in boardroom disputes arising in a hostile environment.
Mr. Graves also represents clients in commercial arbitration. He has experience with proceedings conducted under the major international arbitration rules and ad-hoc arbitrations.
In 2021, Mr. Graves undertook a secondment into the litigation team of a leading international investment bank. He leverages his firsthand industry knowledge and business acumen to help clients successfully navigate their most complex legal challenges.
He is a member of Latham & Watkins’ pro bono committee with a focus on expanding the representation of vulnerable individuals before the courts and tribunals.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Graves undertook pupillage at a leading commercial chambers, where he worked on a broad range of international commercial disputes with a particular focus on civil fraud, preliminary issues relating to jurisdiction and the conflict of laws, and contracts for the sale of goods. He then served as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, where he gained exposure to public, international, and commercial law matters, including matters relating to international terrorism, state immunity, and the enforcement of arbitration awards tainted by fraud.
In 2015, Mr. Graves won the English Speaking Union-Essex Court National Mooting Competition and the Magna Carta Moot, appearing before multiple judges of the Court of Appeal. He is a Bedingfield Scholar of Gray’s Inn.