Prior to joining 3PB Graham undertook pupillage at a leading criminal chambers in London, practising mostly in that area. During that time he received instructions to appear in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Court and dealt with a range of offences including child cruelty, possession of indecent images, cannabis cultivation and arson. He appeared in a number of breach proceedings and regulatory hearings for organisations such as Transport for London and has also handled a number of driving offence cases.
Prior to starting his pupillage Graham worked for the legal publishers Chambers & Partners for a number of years. During his time at the company he wrote a number of pieces for its Women & Diversity in Law Blog, as well as conducting research for various publications. He has also undertaken pro bono work for a number of organisations, including the National Centre for Domestic Violence.
R v Q & H: Graham defended two clients (one a youth) charged with assault by beating. Both claimed to have acted in self-defence; one pre-emptively and one to defend his friend. This was successful and both were found not guilty. The Judge remarked that the key piece of evidence was a comment ascribed to the complainant by the defendants in interview with the police. Under Graham’s cross-examination the complainant stated that the comment was something he was likely to say and would say in the situation. This piece of evidence was key in undermining the complainant’s account of being the victim.
R v D: Graham successfully represented a client charged with harassment by establishing that the behaviour complained of was not, under case law, capable of amounting to harassing behaviour.
R v O & Ors: represented one defendant in a seven-handed youth trial where all defendants faced charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and witness intimidation. Graham's client was the only defendant acquitted.
R v S: successfully argued there was no case to answer to a charge of going equipped when the alleged theft for which the defendant supposedly going equipped had, on the Crown's case, already occurred.
R v F & Ors: represented the second defendant in a cultivation of cannabis matter. The proceedings against the client were discontinued.
R v H: secured a non-custodial sentence for client following several breaches of a suspended sentence order.
R v A: successfully appeared for a man accused of exposing himself in a public park.
R v B: secured an acquittal in a possession of a bladed article case. The defendant had the knife to use in the course of his employment.
R v C: secured an acquittal for a defendant accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a security guard despite CCTV evidence.
R v P: successfully ran a defence of no intention to drive to counter a charge of drunk in charge.
R v CB: Represented two clients. One was charged with driving offences and assaulting a police officer and the other with assaulting a police officer and obstructing a constable. Graham successfully argued that the Crown had not established a case to answer in relation to one of the driving offences resulting in that charge being dismissed at the close of the Crown's case. He then secured not guilty verdicts on all the remaining charges.