George accepts instructions across all of 12KBW’s practice areas, with a particular interest in insurance and cross-border disputes. He regularly appears in trials and interim applications and has also acted on appeal.

From 2017-18 George worked at the Supreme Court as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Sumption and Lord Carnwath. During that time, he worked on a range of leading cases in 12KBW’s practice areas.

George completed his twelve-month pupillage at 4 Pump Court, where he gained experience in a range of professional negligence work, insurance matters and other commercial disputes. Before pupillage George spent ten months on placement as a Harold Fox Scholar at a leading Toronto litigation firm, focusing on commercial litigation and arbitration in addition to healthcare matters. He previously interned at the Texas Defender Service in Austin and assisted on an appeal from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

International & Travel
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George has worked on a range of cases with a cross-border element. He is familiar with claims under the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions in addition to disputes as to jurisdiction and foreign law. Recent work includes:

  • Advising on applicable law under Rome I in a cross-border contractual dispute, arising out of an agency agreement.
  • Various overseas illness claims, including advising on liability and tactics, settling pleadings, and attending both interlocutory and final hearings.
  • Advising on procedure and limitation in a claim brought under the Montreal Convention.

As a Judicial Assistant, George worked on various leading private international law cases:

  • Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated v Brownlie [2017] UKSC 80
  • JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19
  • Vedanta Resources PLC and another v Lungowe and others UKSC 2017/018 (application for permission to appeal)
  • Mengiste v Endowment Trust for the Rehabilitation of Tigray and others UKSC 2017/0204 (application for permission to appeal)
  • Emerald Bay Limited and others v BWIN.Party Digital Entertainment Limited (Gibraltar) JCPC 2017/0044 (application for leave to appeal to the Privy Council)

As a pupil, George also assisted other barristers with the following:

  • A range of banking and financial services work including cross-border bond disputes and the regulation of overseas collective investment schemes.
  • An offshore energy dispute pleaded at approximately US$200m, involving an issue of foreign law and culminating in a two-week arbitration hearing.
  • A dispute, in the context of international arbitration, as to whether clauses in a settlement agreement were void by reason of a foreign criminal code.
  • The contested enforcement in England and Wales of a Chinese arbitral award.
Property Damage
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George is familiar with property damage claims arising out of flooding, storm damage and fires. Recent instructions include:

  • Representing a corporate landlord at the trial of a claim arising out of flood damage, involving the contested interpretation of a lease and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.
  • Representing a defendant hotel in the trial of a claim arising out of extensive storm damage, based on the hotel’s allegedly negligent precautions against coastal gales.
  • Various cases concerning invasive tree growth.
  • Various quantum-only disputes concerning damage to fixtures (including allegations of inflated claims, requiring expert evidence from loss adjusters).
  • Various claims arising out of the diminution in value of vehicles, involving expert engineering evidence.

George is also able to draw on further experience gained as a pupil, having undertaken the following work for supervisors and other barristers:

  • Drafting a defence to a claim arising out of a large fire at a major London train station.
  • Written advice in relation to allegedly negligent construction work, involving complex assignment and loss-quantification issues.
  • Written advice on the merits of a claim arising out of allegedly negligent damage to a gas turbine engine.
  • Assisting in preparation for a CCMC in a claim arising out of the destruction of a luxury yacht in a fire.
Insurance
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George has a strong interest in insurance work. As a pupil, he completed the following work for supervisors and other barristers:

  • Written opinions on coverage issues relating to legal expenses, motor insurance and various professional indemnity policies.
  • Written advice in relation to excess and aggregation provisions in a public liability policy, in the context of consumer group litigation.
  • Written advice on the merits of a claim against an insurance broker, arising out of a failure to secure adequate insurance cover.
  • Written advice in relation to a contemplated Part 8 claim, seeking a declaration that a policy was voidable by reason of misrepresentation.
  • Drafting pleadings and submissions in a claim arising out of the alleged misuse of an insurance broker’s confidential information.
Personal Injury
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George has a broad experience of personal injury matters, including employers’ liability and public liability claims, overseas injuries and illnesses, and claims arising out of assaults. Recent work includes:

  • Acting for a police officer who sustained injuries during riot training.
  • Assisting as a pupil in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB) concerning vicarious liability for an assault following a workplace Christmas party.
Professional Negligence
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George has a keen interest in professional negligence work and is eager to develop this practice area. As a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court, George assisted in several leading professional negligence cases:

  • Perry v Raleys Solicitors UKSC 2017/0092 (application for permission to appeal)
  • Tiuta International Limited (in liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Limited [2017] UKSC 77

During pupillage George completed a range of work for his supervisors and other barristers, including:

  • Assisting in the six-day trial of a claim against solicitors, arising out of an allegedly negligent advice in connection with the purchase of a luxury yacht.
  • Drafting a defence to a claim in negligence against a fire safety consultant, following a fire at a major London train station.
  • Drafting a defence to a claim against a consultant, arising out of an allegedly negligent failure to discover false accounting.
  • Drafting particulars of claim alleging negligence in the drafting of a share purchase agreement.
  • Advice in relation to a claim against an insurance broker, arising out of a failure to arrange adequate insurance coverage.
  • Drafting grounds of appeal and a skeleton argument in an appeal concerning a structural engineer’s allegedly negligent advice to property purchasers.
Public Authority Liability
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George is instructed for and against public authorities. Recent work includes advising on:

  • a claim arising out of injuries sustained during police riot training.
  • the extent of a public authority’s private law duty to correct a potentially dangerous road layout.
  • the merits of various claims under the Highways Act 1980.
  • tactics and evidence-gathering in the defence of an allegedly fraudulent claim against a local authority.

As a pupil George also assisted with the defence of a claim alleging that a local authority had negligently failed to prevent child sexual abuse in the wider community.

Clinical Negligence
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George’s experience of clinical negligence work includes assisting, as a pupil, in proceedings relating to a delayed diagnosis and an unnecessary cholecystectomy. Before pupillage, George spent ten months on placement at a leading litigation firm in Toronto, where he assisted in various clinical negligence matters and in medical disciplinary proceedings.

Employment & Discrimination
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George has advised and successfully represented a claimant in a claim for automatic unfair dismissal based on protected disclosures. He is eager to gain further experience in this area.

George has experience of advising on allegations of fraud, related evidence-gathering and pursuing those allegations to trial. During pupillage he also assisted in a claim arising out of fraudulent property valuations.

Credit Hire
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George acts for defendants in credit hire claims. He is familiar with all the main case law in this area.

Qualifications & Awards

BPTC, City University London

BA (Hons), Law, University of Cambridge (Jesus College)

BA (First Class Hons), History, UCL

Major Scholarship, Inner Temple

Harold G. Fox Scholarship, Middle Temple

Internship Award, Inner Temple

Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, UCL

Sir William Meyer Prize, UCL

Burns Prize, UCL

Times Law Awards, 2014 (First Prize)

Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition, 2014 (Runner-Up Prize)

Appointments & Memberships
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Judicial Assistant to Lord Sumption and Lord Carnwath (2017-18)

Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Scheme

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Free Representation Unit