Georgina specialises in employment, discrimination, commercial employment law & business protection, industrial relations, stress at work, modern slavery, personal injury, international 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 is currently instructed as junior counsel in her second case in the Court of Appeal.

Georgina enjoys tackling complex 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 is currently instructed as junior counsel in her second Court of Appeal case.

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.

Georgina also has a keen interest in stress at work litigation, for details of which please see her personal injury and industrial disease experience.

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

Court of Appeal

  • 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.
  • Chesterton v Nurmohamed [2017] EWCA Civ 979 (as a judicial assistant). Whistleblowing appeal concerning the public interest test under s43A ERA 1996.
  • 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.
  • Brogden v Investec Bank Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 1031 (as a judicial assistant). Breach of contract appeal concerning bankers’ bonuses.

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.

ET

  • X v Y (parties confidential): instructed to represent the Claimant working in the banking sector in a 5 day direct sex discrimination, direct discrimination by association, victimisation and harassment case. Matter settled shortly before trial.
  • Currie v Future Communication Specialists: successfully obtained a five figure judgment for the Claimant working in the tech sector in a 2 day constructive unfair and wrongful dismissal case.
  • Gomes v Higher Level Care: successfully obtained a five figure Judgment for the Claimant working in the care sector in a 4 day employment status, working time, breach of contract, unlawful deduction of wages and holiday pay case.
  • X v Y (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.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised a Claimant on a complex disability discrimination, harassment, victimisation, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal claim.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised a Claimant on a complex perceived disability discrimination claim.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised on a complex territorial jurisdiction case.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised a Claimant on an unfair dismissal claim.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised a Claimant on an unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract claim.
  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised a Claimant on the effect of a TUPE transfer.

County Court

  • X v Y (parties confidential): advised an employee in the tech sector on the effect of proposed post termination restrictions.
EU & Human Rights
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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.

Industrial Disease
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Owing to her employment expertise Georgina is well placed to advise on occupational stress claims and is keen to build her practice in this area.

During pupillage she also gained experience drafting pleadings and writing advices in litigation arising from exposure to asbestos (as a pupil to Niall Maclean).

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

International & Travel
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Georgina has a strong interest in private international 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.

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

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), and Article 3 ECHR having worked on numerous appeals raising Article 3 issues.

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).

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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Georgina accepts instructions in employers’ liability, 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.

Owing to her employment expertise Georgina has a strong interest in occupational stress, harassment claims and vicarious liability and is keen to build her practice in these areas.

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.

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