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About Graham

With decades of experience, Graham is key to the ongoing fight for justice of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Graham is a consultant working principally on the public inquiry and related litigation on behalf of clients affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Until retiring as a partner in November 2019, in addition to the Grenfell cases he concentrated on residential and commercial property disputes, landlord & tenant, housing, public law and related contractual disputes. He covered all aspects of property and housing litigation acting for landlords, tenants and tenant organisations.

Graham also worked for housing associations, co-operatives, tenant management organisations and other public and voluntary sector bodies.

Graham is experienced in defending tenants in possession proceedings as well as complex disrepair cases, including in the Court of Appeal.
Chambers UK (2021)

Notable cases

Graham has been involved in:

  • Loughborough Estate Management Board v London Borough of Lambeth - Arbitration (2014)

  • Thorlands Housing Management Society and Angell Town Estate Management Board v London Borough of Lambeth - Arbitration (2010)

  • Winchester Court Freehold Limited v Halat Co Ltd and Farrow Properties Ltd LVT (2009)

  • Three Strathmore Gardens Ltd v Kamal LVT (2009)

  • Evans v London Metropolitan University (CA 2003 - planning and environmental impact assessment)

  • Westminster ‘Homes for Votes' Gerrymandering Enquiry (1994-2003)

  • Uratemp v Collins (HL 2002 - Dwelling, lease/license)

  • R v Westminster ex p Tansey (CA 1998 - Homelessness due to fire)

  • R v Westminster ex Bishop (CA 1993 - homelessness and needs of child)

  • R v Ealing ex p Lewis (CA 1992 - unlawful local authority rent increase)

  • Camden LB v Shortlife Community Housing Ltd (Chancery Div 1992 - ‘shortlife' lease license)

  • R v Tower Hamlets ex p Monaf (CA 1987 - homelessness and immigration)

Has an excellent knowledge of housing law and gives very good advice.
Chambers UK (2020)


  • Sat as a Deputy District Judge (1998-2019)
  • Sat on the Civil Justice Council Working Group on property disputes (2015-2018)
  • Previously on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Law (2006-2014)
Very knowledgeable and has a sound commercial instinct while also being a pleasure to work with.
The Legal 500 (2020)

Awards and accreditations

Graham's highlights



Russell-Cooke partners with Grenfell Athletic FC on Fire Services Tour

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Grenfell survivor tells of disgust at bosses' evidence - The Sun

Graham French Jodie Green, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, property litigation team.
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Legal experts join campaign calling for removal of all dangerous cladding by June 2022

Graham French Jason Hunter, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, property litigation team.
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