Anthony Grabiner is a commercial lawyer with a substantial court and advisory practice dealing with the major commercial issues of the day. Highly experienced both as an advocate and an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, he is a director of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is one of the leading practitioners from business, the media, and other organisations who assist with research, programmes and events at the Centre for Corporate Reputation.
Educated at the LSE (LL.B 1st; LL.M Distinction) he has been a Barrister since 1968, becoming QC in 1981. He is a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and Deputy High Court Judge and was appointed Life Peer in 1999. He takes the Labour whip in the Lords and has been non-executive Chairman of Arcadia Group Ltd since 2002 and non-executive director of Wentworth Golf since 2005. He is married with 4 children.
He has acted on many of the UK's most high profile corporate legal battles including: For Robert Maxwell in the Leasco scandal; For Rupert Murdoch and Times Newspapers against the print unions over the move to Wapping; For Al Fayed and Kleinworts against Rowland over Harrods; For British & Commonwealth in the litigation against Quadrex and Samuel Montagu; For Smith New Court against Scrimgeour Vickers in the fraud over the sale to Smith of Ferranti shares; For Rothschild in Atlantic Computers; For Jeffery Archer in relation to his dealings in Anglia TV shares; For Lloyds in much of the Names litigation and for Equitas when the Lloyds market was restructured.
In addition, he has worked for clients in the banking, insurance, commodities and oil & gas sectors, FSA regulatory issues and various takeover battles. More recently he has acted For Tom Hunter in the section 459 battle arising out of the Gadget Shop collapse, and For Apple Computers against the Beatles re the Apple Music Store. He has just successfully represented the Candy Brothers against Qatari Diar in their dispute over the redevelopment of the Chelsea Barracks site, and successfully acted for Liverpool Football Club in relation to the boardroom dispute with, the now previous owners, Hicks and Gillett.
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