George accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main areas of practice.

He commenced practice in September 2016 upon completion of his 12-month pupillage. In his first few months in practice, George's main focus was a large civil fraud case. He worked closely with solicitors and other members of the counsel team to prepare for a 3-week trial, heard in the Commercial Court in March 2017. Since then, he has acted both led and unled in a range of public/regulatory, commercial and employment matters, and has appeared as sole counsel before the High Court, the County Court, Employment Tribunals and a Football Association Appeal Board.

Before training for the Bar, George was a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he wrote a book on Anglo-Saxon history.

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Public & Regulatory

George accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory work.

Since starting practice, George has acted both led and unled on a range of public and regulatory matters. His clients include charities, a regulator, government departments and companies operating in regulated industries.

George spoke on the subject of expert evidence in judicial reviews at the Blackstone Chambers "Access to Justice in Practice" seminar in July 2017.

During pupillage, George was involved in a wide variety of public and regulatory cases, stretching from human rights claims to commercial disputes with a public law element.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

George accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights work. 

George worked on a wide range of civil liberties and human rights matters during pupillage, assisting his supervisors with cases before tribunals from the County Court to the Supreme Court. He gained particular experience of cases involving privacy rights. Since starting practice, he has advised government departments on various Convention rights.

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Commercial

George accepts instructions in all areas of commercial litigation.

From September 2016 to March 2017, the main focus of George's work was a substantial civil fraud case, which culminated in a 3-week trial. He has also acted both led and unled in a range of other commercial matters, and appeared as sole counsel in the High Court and the County Court.

During pupillage, George assisted his supervisors with a broad range of commercial litigation and advisory work. Several of the commercial cases on which he worked also involved a public or EU law dimension.

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Employment

George accepts instructions in all areas of employment law, and recently acted for a claimant in successful unfair and wrongful dismissal claims against a large company in the hospitality sector. 

During pupillage, George was involved in a broad range of employment matters in a variety of courts and tribunals. He gained particular experience of unfair dismissal and restrictive covenant cases.

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EU & Competition

George accepts instructions in EU and competition matters, and is a member of the committee of the Bar European Group. 

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Discrimination

George accepts instructions in all areas of equality and discrimination work. 

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Professional Discipline

George accepts instructions in professional discipline cases, and has experience of representing both regulators and the regulated.

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Environment

George has a strong interest in the environment, and has worked on a variety of matters in this area.

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Sport

George accepts instructions in sports disputes, and recently acted for a football club in an appeal against a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

During pupillage, George assisted his supervisors with several cases involving football, rugby and cricket. The cases on which he worked ranged from disciplinary proceedings to substantial commercial disputes.

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Financial Services

George accepts instructions in financial services matters. Since starting practice, he has acted for financial services regulators, and advised an individual on a claim against a financial adviser.

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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

George accepts instructions in all areas of data protection, freedom of information and privacy work.

Since starting practice, George has advised (as sole counsel) a telecommunications company on data protection issues, and a professional body on the admissibility of a covert recording in disciplinary proceedings.

As a pupil, George worked on several cases concerning privacy rights. He gained particular experience of issues relating to the scope of legal professional privilege and the handling of privileged material.

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Telecommunications

George accepts instructions in telecommunications matters. 

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Media & Entertainment

George accepts instructions in media & entertainment matters.

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Employee Competition

George accepts instructions in employee competition disputes. Since starting practice, he has acted in cases involving restrictive covenants, breach of confidence, breach of database rights and various economic torts.

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Achievements

Education

BA Modern History (Oxford): 1st class, top of year; DPhil History (Oxford); GDL (City): Distinction, top of year; BPTC (City): Outstanding, top of year

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Scarman Prize (highest mark on BPTC), 2015
  • Busfield Prize (highest mark in Opinion Writing on BPTC), 2015
  • Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry Prize (highest mark in the BPTC Commercial Practice Options), 2015
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Prize (highest marks in Civil Litigation and Commercial Law on BPTC), 2015
  • Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship (BPTC), 2014-15
  • 3 Verulam Buildings Prize (highest mark on GDL), 2014
  • Inner Temple Princess Royal Scholarship (GDL), 2013-14
  • Royal Historical Society Alexander Prize (best published article by a current or recent graduate student at a UK university), 2010
  • Gibbs Prize (highest mark in Oxford Modern History finals), 2006
  • H.W.C. Davis Prize (highest mark in Oxford Modern History preliminary examination), 2004

Publications

  • The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2015) and several articles on medieval history.

Memberships 

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare
  • Bar European Group
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • Justice
  • Liberty

Other relevant experience

  • From 2013 to 2015, George was involved in running a scheme to provide free advice and representation to the parents/carers of children who had been excluded from school. George advised dozens of parents/carers by telephone and email, and conducted two cases in the Independent Review Panel, which operates on judicial review principles. In one case, the exclusion was quashed as being ultra vires.
  • George also has extensive advocacy experience through participation in debating while at school and university. He reached the semi-finals of the World Schools Debating Championships twice (representing Scotland), and won the Inner Temple Intervarsity Debating Competition as a student. He has also taught debating workshops in a wide variety of contexts, including to inmates at Feltham Young Offenders Institution and HMP Pentonville.

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