Graham Nicholson has been the Bank’s Chief Legal Adviser and an Adviser to the Governor since January 2009. In this capacity Graham is the Executive Director for the Legal Directorate which is responsible for providing legal advice to both the Bank and its subsidiary, the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Graham joined the Bank after retiring as a partner from the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. After a period working in the firm's New York office, he helped establish the firm's first Asian office in Singapore in 1980 and, following his return to London, became departmental managing partner of the company department in 1986 (which later divided to become the corporate and finance departments) and managing partner of the firm between 1990 and 1993, before returning to full time practice.
Graham read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and attended the Advanced Manager Program at Harvard Business School in 1990. His outside interests include sailing, music and tennis. He is also a board member of the Barbican Centre Trust.