Georgina specialises in employment, discrimination, commercial employment law & business protection, data protection, professional discipline, personal injury (employers’ liability, stress at work, harassment, modern slavery) private international law and group claim litigation, acting for both Claimants and Respondents or Defendants across a range of sectors at all levels of court and tribunal. She has a particular interest and expertise in the interplay between her core specialisms with European and human rights law and was recently awarded a Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group. She has considerable appellate experience, having twice appeared led in the Court of Appeal as well as unled in the EAT. 

Georgina enjoys tackling complex and novel litigation at first instance and on appeal either as sole counsel or working collaboratively in a team of counsel. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal (led), Employment Appeal Tribunal (unled), Employment Tribunal and County Court in appeals, multi-day trials, remedies hearings, interim applications and preliminary hearings. Her employment cases have set leading precedent and have been reported in the IRLR, CMLR, All Eng LR, ICLR and WLR as well as featuring in Michael Rubenstein’s top employment cases to watch in their respective year. Owing to her prior experience as a Lecturer and Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal, she is equally at home drafting pleadings, schedules and advices involving complex points of law.

Having spent time in a solicitor’s office Georgina understands the need for prompt, commercial and client friendly advice and enjoys fostering a close working relationship with instructing solicitors in order to achieve the best results for every client. As such she is keen to be involved in litigation from an early stage where clients can benefit from specialist advice on pleadings and litigation strategy to significant commercial gain.

Prior to joining Chambers Georgina was a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal to Lord Justice Moore-Bick (Vice President) and Lord Justice Irwin where she gained experience in a wide range of employment, civil, commercial, public and international law disputes. She also lectured employment & discrimination law at the University of Surrey and tutored constitutional & administrative law and tort law at King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London. Additionally, she gained extensive advocacy and advisory experience in employment law as an Employment Caseworker at a Law Centre where she independently ran her own caseload of employment tribunal claims and as a Free Representation Unit volunteer. She has completed a stage at the European Court of Human Rights and was also part of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project Team which advised the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on an Advisory Opinion.

Outside of Chambers Georgina enjoys surfing, tennis, skiing, cycling, guitar, photography and mixology. She also has a love of live music, festivals and travel.

Employment & Discrimination
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Georgina specialises in the full spectrum of individual, collective, commercial and international employment law as well as discrimination law in employment, education, goods and services. She appears at all levels of court and tribunal at first instance and on appeal and acts for both Claimants and Respondents across a range of sectors.

Owing to her prior background as a FRU Volunteer, Employment Caseworker, Lecturer in employment & discrimination law and Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal, Georgina has employment and discrimination experience beyond her call date. As such she is fast developing a busy trial, appellate and paperwork practice and recently appeared in her second case in the Court of Appeal.

Georgina has a particular interest in employment status, working time, whistleblowing, discrimination and commercial employment cases. She also has a particular enthusiasm for utilising European and human rights law to advance her client’s case and was recently awarded a Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group. Her employment instructions often intersect with data protection and personal injury issues and she is well placed to put her experience in personal injury to effect when dealing with disability discrimination claims, stress at work and harassment claims, modern slavery claims and claims for non-material damage under the GDPR and distress under the DPA 2018.

Examples of Georgina’s current and recent employment and discrimination work include:

 

APPELLATE WORK 

Court of Appeal

Georgina has experience appearing as junior counsel and drafting grounds of appeal, skeleton arguments and costs protection applications in appeals.

*   Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2007 (led). Appeal clarifying the operation of the subjective limb of the public interest test in Chesterton v Nurmohamed [Whistleblowing].

*   Gomes v Higher Level Care Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 418 (led). This is the leading case on compensation for breaches of the Working Time Directive and was one of Michael Rubenstein’s top employment cases to watch owing to the case’s significant implications for the protection of workers’ rights. Georgina acted at all stages of proceedings [Working Time].

* Chesterton v Nurmohamed [2017] EWCA Civ 979 (as a judicial assistant). Whistleblowing appeal concerning the public interest test under s43A ERA 1996 [Whistleblowing].

*   Interim Executive Board of Al Harij School v Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills [2017] EWCA Civ 1787 (as a judicial assistant). Discrimination appeal concerning the concept of direct mirrored sex discrimination and segregation in schools [Discrimination].

*   Brogden v Investec Bank Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 1031 (as a judicial assistant). Breach of contract appeal concerning bankers’ bonuses [Commercial, Breach of Contract].

 

Employment Appeal Tribunal

Georgina has experience acting as sole counsel drafting grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments and appearing unled in the EAT.

*   Gomes v Higher Level Care [2016] IRLR 678 (unled). This is the leading case on compensation for breaches of the Working Time Directive and was one of Michael Rubenstein’s top employment cases to watch owing to the case’s significant implications for the protection of workers’ rights [Working Time].

 

TRIALS

Georgina regularly appears in multi-day trials for both Claimants and Respondents. Examples of her current and recent work include being:

* Instructed by the Claimant working in the banking sector in a 5-day direct sex discrimination, discrimination by association, victimisation and sexual harassment case (matter settled on favourable terms shortly before trial) [Discrimination].

* Instructed by the Respondent, a national retailer, in a 4-day race discrimination, harassment, victimisation and holiday pay case (ongoing) [Discrimination, Holiday Pay, Unlawful Deductions].

* Instructed by the Claimant working in the care sector in a 4-day employment status, working time, unlawful deduction of wages, breach of contract and holiday pay case. Georgina obtained a 5-figure judgment for the Claimant [Employment Status, Working Time, Breach of Contract, Unlawful Deductions].

* Instructed by the Claimant working in the civil service in a 3-day unfair dismissal claim following dismissal on gross misconduct grounds (ongoing) [Unfair Dismissal].

* Instructed by the Claimant working in the tech sector in a 2-day constructive unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claim. Georgina obtained a five figure Judgment for the Claimant [Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal].

* Instructed by the Respondent, a care provider in a holiday pay dispute (ongoing) [Holiday Pay].

* Instructed by the Claimant working in the civil service in a destructive occupational stress claim (ongoing) [Stress at Work].

 

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS

* Appearing at numerous preliminary hearings on various matters, including strike out, disclosure applications and case management hearings.

 

DRAFTING

Georgina’s drafting experience includes;

* Drafting Particulars of Claim and Response, Schedules of Loss, requests and responses for further and better particulars and disclosure applications in the full range of statutory employment claims.

* Drafting a Defence for an employer, an NHS Trust, in a Data Protection, Misuse of Private Information & Breach of Confidence Matter [Data Protection].

* Drafting a Letter Before Action and Deed of Undertaking for an employer, in the recruitment sector, in a data theft case [Employee Competition & Business Protection].

* Drafting Grounds of Appeal and skeleton arguments in appeals to the EAT and Court of Appeal [Appellate].

 

ADVISORY

Georgina welcomes instructions to advise on all manner of employment disputes. Having acted as a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal producing opinions on appeals for Lord Justices on a daily basis and having herself drafted grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments in matters before both the Court of Appeal and EAT, she is also well placed to advise on potential grounds of appeal.

Examples of Georgina’s advisory experience include;

* Parties confidential: successfully obtained full quantum at the pre-action stage of proceedings in a breach of contract claim against an International & Premier League Footballer [Breach of Contract].

* Parties confidential: advised a Claimant in the retail sector in a complex disability discrimination, harassment, victimisation, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal claim [Discrimination, Unfair Dismissal].

* Parties confidential: advised a Claimant in the IT sector on a complex perceived disability discrimination claim [Discrimination].

* Parties confidential: advised peripatetic worker on a complex territorial jurisdiction case [Jurisdiction, International Employment Law].

* Parties confidential: advised a Claimant in the hospitality sector on an unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction of wages claim [Unfair Dismissal].

* Parties confidential: advised a Claimant in the cleaning industry on an unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract claim [Breach of Contract].

* Parties confidential: advised a Claimant in the security sector on the effect of a TUPE transfer [TUPE].

* Parties confidential: advised an employee in the tech sector on the effect of proposed post termination restrictions [Employee Competition & Business Protection].

Data Protection
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Georgina’s employment instructions often intersect with data protection issues and she is well placed to put her experience in personal injury to effect when dealing with claims for non-material damage under the GDPR and distress under the DPA 2018.

She has a particular enthusiasm for utilising European and human rights law to advance her client’s case and was recently awarded a Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group.

She recently settled a Defence for an employer, an NHS Trust, in a Data Protection, Misuse of Private Information & Breach of Confidence Matter.

Stress at Work & Harassment
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Owing to her employment, discrimination and personal injury expertise Georgina is well placed to advise and represent parties in occupational stress and harassment claims.

She is currently instructed by a Claimant, a civil servant, in a destructive occupational stress claim.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory
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Georgina welcomes instructions from employees, employers and regulators in professional discipline and regulatory matters. Prior to coming to the Bar, she gained experience advising an accountant seeking to challenge disciplinary action taken against him during the course of training.

EU & Human Rights Law
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Georgina has a particular interest and expertise in EU & human rights law and enjoys applying EU and human rights law to her core areas of practice to find novel remedies for her clients. Her employment cases have been reported in the Common Market Law Review and she was recently awarded the Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group.

She has a strong grasp of human rights law having taken specialist options in civil liberties and international human rights in her LLM at Cambridge University and having undertaken a stage at the ECtHR. Before coming to the Bar, she was Visiting Lecturer in public law at King’s College London and Teaching Fellow in public administrative law at Queen Mary University. As a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal she also wrote opinions on a number of appeals involving points of EU law and human rights law.

As such Georgina is well placed to act in employment, data protection and personal injury cases requiring an understanding of European and human rights law

Modern Slavery
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Owing to her employment, personal injury and human rights expertise Georgina is well placed to advise and represent parties in modern slavery litigation.

Having spent a year teaching the tort law Queen Mary University she has a particular interest in the torts of assault, battery, harassment and false imprisonment.

Further having spent a year teaching public law at Queen Mary University, and as a Visiting Lecturer in public law at King’s College London, alongside having taken specialist options in civil liberties and human rights during her LLM at Cambridge University, and a stage at the ECtHR, Georgina is well place to act in cases involving inhuman and degrading treatment and torture under Article 3 ECHR.

Insurance
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During pupillage Georgina gained experience in a number of MIB related matters including:

* Writing an advice for Richard Methuen QC on an Arbitration under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement 2003 raising questions of whether Article 10 of Council Directive 2009/103/EC has direct or indirect effect.

* Writing an advice for Stephen Worthington QC on the liability of an Article 75 insurer for aggravated damages following injuries sustained consequent to a terrorist attack, raising complex points on the distinction between aggravated and exemplary damages and the concept of personal injury in EU law.

* Writing an advice for Richard Viney on indemnity.

She is particularly well placed to advise on points of EU law and was recently awarded the Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group.

Personal Injury
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During pupillage Georgina gained exposure to a number of multi-million pound catastrophic personal injury claims.

Utilising her background in employment & discrimination law, she now focusses her practice on occupational stress and harassment claims, employers’ liability claims, injuries sustained in the context of modern slavery, the deprivation of liberty and injuries sustained in the context of sports, including sexual and physical abuse claims. She acts for both Claimant’s and Defendant’s in fast track and multi-track litigation.

Having taken specialist options in civil liberties and human rights during her LLM at Cambridge University and having undertaken a stage at the ECtHR, Georgina also has a particular interest in torture and inhuman and degrading treatment claims under Article 3 ECHR.

Examples of Georgina’s recent work include;

* Representing an employee, a former civil servant, in a destructive occupational stress claim.

* Representing the Defendant employer in a claim for personal injuries allegedly sustained during the course of employment (Fast track).

* Settling the Defence for an employer in a data protection, misuse of private information and breach of confidence matter.

* Various allocation, directions and application hearings including applications for strike out, disclosure and relief from sanctions (Fast Track & Multi Track).

Private International Law
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Georgina has a strong interest in private international law, in particular international employment law, and is keen to build her practice in this area. She is particularly well placed to advise on points of EU law and was recently awarded the Phoenicia Scholarship by the Bar European Group.

Judgments Regulation

As a Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Moore-Bick she gained experience in the Judgments Regulation, having worked on Barclays Bank Plc v ENPAM [2016] All ER (D) 84 (Dec).

Lugano Convention

During pupillage she gained experience researching (i) the distinction between matters relating to tort and insurance and (ii) the lis pendens provisions, under the Lugano Convention 2007 (for William Audland QC).

Group Claim Litigation
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Georgina enjoys working collaboratively in a team of solicitors and counsel. She welcomes instructions to act in group claim litigation in employment & discrimination law, personal injury law (including domestic and international human rights abuses) and data protection law.

Reported Cases
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Court of Appeal

Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2007 (led) [Whistleblowing].

Gomes v Higher Level Care Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 418 (led) [Working Time].

 

Employment Appeal Tribunal

Gomes v Higher Level Care [2016] IRLR 678 (unled) [Working Time].

Qualifications & Awards
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Qualifications

LLB (UCL)

LLM (Jesus College Cambridge) specialising in employment, equality, civil liberties & international human rights law

BPTC (City University) options in employment law and professional negligence

Prizes & Scholarships

Faculty of Laws Research Prize (UCL)

Eastham, Thomas More and Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)

Phoenicia Scholar (Bar European Group)

Appointments & Memberships
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Appointments

Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel of Counsel

Former Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Lord Justice Irwin

Former Visiting Lecturer in Public Law at King’s College London

Former Visiting Lecturer in Employment & Discrimination Law at Surrey University

Former Teaching Fellow in Public Administrative Law and Tort Law at Queen Mary University of London

Memberships

ELBA

ELA

BEG

PIBA

Advocate

Free Representation Unit