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Prior to founding Shaw Graham Kersh in 1999, Paul was for many years a Partner at two other leading criminal defence firms in London.  As Managing Partner he now heads up our serious crime department, with an emphasis on intelligence-led police investigations, dealing with the more weighty and complex cases.  His practice includes murder and manslaughter allegations, firearms, terrorism, large scale drugs conspiracies and grave sexual offences. 

With over 30 years experience in criminal defence work, Paul manages an extensive high profile but discreet practice.

Paul has a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Medical Sciences from Barts and the London School of Medicine. 

He has been a ranked lawyer in the Chambers and Partners directory for many years:

Paul Graham has a wide-ranging practice which sees him advise on charges ranging from sexual offences to terrorism. One source comments "He is profoundly insightful and has an intuitive feel for a case that is uncanny. A careful and nuanced approach is his stock in trade"- Chambers and Partners 2018

Paul Graham "undertakes wide-ranging cases involving serious criminal charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit terror offences and rape". Interviewees praise his approach to matters, describing him as "very good with clients, very professional and astute" – Chambers and Partners 2017

A "stalwart of the London criminal field.....he is astonishingly insightful, has extraordinary empathy and is very helpful" - Chambers and Partners 2016

"Good at cutting through and identifying the problem. Dedicated to seeking out that extra piece of evidence that might change the case" - Chambers and Partners 2015

"Extremely astute, yet also known for his tactical judgement and incredible attention to detail" - Chambers and Partners 2014

Client feedback:

"I found you easy to talk to and very helpful"

"I felt I could completely trust you to look after my affairs. I was very pleased with your service"

His recent notable cases include:

  • 2018  R v B Southwark Crown Court
    Represented one of 5 charged with controlling prostitution for gain. The case centred on two upmarket brothels in the Mayfair/Marylebone area. The police investigation revealed close  to organised crime in which huge sums of money were being earned and laundered over a three year period.
  • 2017  R v X  Court Martial
    Successful defence of a former Special Services officer accused of historic sexual assaults on a fellow serviceman.
  • 2017  R v S  Croydon Crown Court
    A case involving serious allegations of historic sexual abuse and rape by the defendant against a close relative over a two year period in the early 2000s. An unusual case in that there had been a number of earlier decisions not to prosecute.
  • 2016  R v M  Gloucester Crown Court
    Represented one of four students facing serious sexual allegations arising from events at an agricultural college’s Summer Ball. Client acquitted following late disclosure of further evidence by the Crown as widely reported in the national press. 
  • 2016  R v C  Central Criminal Court
    Represented one of four defendants alleged to be involved in Islamic State inspired terrorist activities. Client acquitted of terror offences, having pleaded guilty to firearms offences.
  • 2016  R v C  Central Criminal Court
    Client acquitted of conspiring with a prison officer to seriously assault a fellow inmate.
  • 2015  R v A  Central Criminal Court
    Represented one of a number of defendants accused of a gangland murder in the Dagenham area. Client acquitted.
  • 2015  R v B  Kingston Crown Court
    Defendant acquitted at trial of importing large quantities of class B drugs from two different jurisdictions.
  • 2014  R v F  Central Criminal Court
    Represented the defendant in a widely reported case involving the murder and attempted murder of sex workers in central London.
  • 2014  R v S-A Central Criminal Court
    Represented the only defendant acquitted in relation to a gang murder of a teenager in Pimlico. The 5 remaining defendants convicted of murder received life terms with minimum tariffs of 26 and 27 years.
  • 2013  R v R Southwark Crown Court
    Represented a member of notorious hacking group 'Anonymous' in connection with cyber attacks on publically listed companies, widely reported in the press.
  • 2012  R v B Central Criminal Court
    Represented a defendant who was charged with the murder of her two children, involving complex psychiatric issues and delicate handling, and which resulted in the Crown accepting guilty pleas to manslaughter.
  • 2012  R v R Kingston Crown Court
    Representation of the principal defendant in a case alleging the supply of class A drugs and possession of firearms. The defendant had pleaded guilty when represented by another firm. These pleas were successfully vacated and, at trial, the defendant was acquitted of all charges.
  • 2011  R v M Central Criminal Court
    Represented a defendant accused of pushing a commuter in front of an oncoming train at Clapham Junction. Acquitted of attempted murder after examination of complex psychiatric issues.

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