George has a broad practice across all of Chambers’ main areas of work. He has extensive experience of working both as a member of large teams (e.g. in ENRC v Director of the Serious Fraud Office, which is one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases for 2021, and 5 Supreme Court appeals) and as sole counsel. He has appeared unled before the High Court, the County Court, the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, Employment Tribunals, and disciplinary panels.

George's clients include individuals (ranging from vulnerable prisoners to a billionaire), NGOs (including Liberty, the AIRE Centre and the International Commission of Jurists), political parties, trade unions, foreign governments, UK government departments, regulators, and businesses large and small. He is a member of the Attorney-General's C Panel of Counsel, the Public International Law C Panel, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Panel of Counsel.

He is ranked as a "rising star" in Legal 500 and "up and coming" in Chambers & Partners; feedback includes "He is off-the-scale bright and meticulously well prepared"; "He's exceptionally intelligent, very commercial and always grasps the case very quickly"; and "Not only does he have a forensic knowledge of the case, but he is also highly sensitive to clients' needs".

George has a strong commitment to pro bono work, and was nominated (by the Citizens Advice Bureau) for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018.

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 regularly acts (both led and unled) for claimants, defendants and interveners in a wide range of public law cases. His clients include individuals, NGOs, government departments, regulators and businesses operating in regulated industries.

 

George is a member of the panels of counsel maintained by the Attorney-General (both the general C panel and the Public International Law C panel) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and a member of the committee of the Young Public Law Group. He also has a strong commitment to pro bono work, and was nominated by the Citizens Advice Bureau for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018.

 

George’s recent experience includes:

- Acting for the Claimant in a high-profile challenge to the use of personal devices/accounts and auto-deletion functions for communications about government business (R (All the Citizens Ltd) v (1) Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; (2) Minister for the Cabinet Office (Administrative Court, pending))

- Acting for the Foreign Secretary in a judicial review brought by the parents of Harry Dunn, who was killed when his motorbike was hit by a car driven by the wife of a member of US Embassy staff (R (Charles & Dunn) v SSFCA [2020] EWHC 3185 (Admin); an appeal to the Court of Appeal is pending).

- Acting for Detention Action in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the status of asylum appeals which were determined under ultra vires procedural rules (R (TN) (Vietnam) v SSHD [2021] UKSC 41, [2021] 1 WLR 4902).

- Acting for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in (ultimately successful) defence of a complex claim concerning the interaction of the EU Settlement Scheme and entitlement to Universal Credit (R (Fratila) v SSWP [2020] EWHC 998 (Admin), [2020] PTSR 1424; [2020] EWCA Civ 1741; [2021] UKSC 53).


George also has a substantial advisory practice across the field of public law, including in several specialist areas such as immigration, procurement, state aid and Brexit-related issues. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

George has experience of a broad range of civil liberties and human rights work. He has acted for and/or advised individuals, NGOs and government departments, in respect of cases from the County Court to the Supreme Court, and before the European Court of Human Rights.


George is a member of the panels of counsel maintained by the Attorney-General (both the general C panel and the Public International Law C panel) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and a member of the committee of the Young Public Law Group. He also has a strong commitment to pro bono work, and was nominated by the Citizens Advice Bureau for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018.


George is ranked as "Up and Coming" for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Chambers & Partners.


George's recent experience includes:

- Domestic judicial review claims involving various alleged breaches of Convention Rights (e.g. R (Charles & Dunn) v SSFCA [2020] EWHC 3185, [2021] 1 WLR 1394; R (Wood Boilers LLP) v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Administrative Court))

- Applications to the European Court of Human Rights (e.g. Ástráðsson v Iceland (app. no. 26374/18, 1 December 2020); Taleski & others v North Macedonia (pending))

- High-value private law claims against state and non-state defendants for alleged violations of fundamental rights (e.g. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (Commercial Court, 2021); Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell plc [2021] UKSC 3; [2021] 1 WLR 1294; AAA v Petra Diamonds Ltd (settled 2021)). See also the "Damages Claims against the State" section of his CV.

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Commercial

George has acted in a wide range of commercial matters, both as sole counsel and as a member of large teams. His experience includes:

- Fact-heavy Commercial Court trials, e.g. ENRC v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases for 2021, heard over 11 weeks); AMP Advisory & Management Partners AG v Force India Formula One Team Ltd (in liquidation) [2019] EWHC 2426 (Comm); Baturina v Chistyakov [2017] EWHC 1049 (Comm)  

- Appellate proceedings regarding various important points of law, including in relation to jurisdiction and the law of evidence (e.g. Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell plc [2021] UKSC 3, [2021] 1 WLR 1294; Shagang Shipping Company Ltd (in liquidation) v HNA Group Company Ltd [2020] UKSC 34, [2020] 1 WLR 3549; Lungowe v Vedanta Resources plc [2019] UKSC 20, [2019] 2 WLR 1051)

- Numerous unled appearances in the County Court

- Applications for summary judgment, freezing injunctions and committal.

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Employment

George acts both led and unled in a broad range of employment matters. His experience includes Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, whistleblowing, holiday pay, deductions from wages, equal pay, direct and indirect discrimination (involving a range of protected characteristics), harassment and victimisation. He also has experience of judicial mediation; TUPE; employment status and IR35 issues; pensions disputes; and High Court wrongful dismissal, partnership, employee competition and share option litigation.


George is ranked as "Up and Coming" in Chambers & Partners, and as a "Rising Star" in Legal 500.


In addition to his discrimination work in the context of employment, George acts for and against service providers in County Court discrimination claims; for details, please see the "Discrimination" section of his CV.


Much of George's work in the Employment field is highly confidential; the list of cases below is therefore far from comprehensive.

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EU & Competition

George has worked on a wide range of EU, competition and Brexit-related matters, and is a member of the committee of the Bar European Group. His experience includes:

- Competition/regulatory disputes, especially in the telecommunications and energy sectors (e.g. SSE Generation Ltd v Gas & Electricity Markets Authority (Competition and Markets Authority, 2021); R (SSE Generation Ltd) v Competition and Markets Authority (Administrative Court, pending); Gibfibre Ltd v Gibraltar Regulatory Authority [2021] UKPC 31))

- Brexit-related matters (e.g. R (Fratila) v SSWP [2021] UKSC 53)

- Claims for Francovich damages (e.g. Tarar v Home Office (County Court, pending))

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Discrimination

George has considerable experience of equality and discrimination matters, including direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation, equal pay, and failure to make reasonable adjustments for persons with disabilities. He has experience of cases involving almost all protected characteristics, and is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Panel of Counsel.

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Professional Discipline

George has worked on several professional discipline cases, and represents both regulators and the regulated.

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Data Protection, Freedom of Information & Privacy

George has worked on several matters which involve issues of data protection and/or privacy, especially in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Damages Claims Against the State

George has worked on several matters involving damages claims against the State. These include an 11-week Commercial Court trial of claims for alleged misfeasance in public office (ENRC v Director of the Serious Fraud Office, one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases for 2021); claims for just satisfaction before the European Court of Human Rights (e.g. Ástráðsson v Iceland (app. no. 26374/18, 1 December 2020)); and County Court claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the Francovich principle. 

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Telecommunications

George has experience of a range of telecommunications matters. 

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Energy

George has experience of a range of matters in the energy sector.

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Sport

George has worked on a range of sports matters, including commercial disputes and regulatory proceedings. He is a co-author of the chapter on "Stadia, Hillsborough, Health & Safety, and Policing" in Nick De Marco (ed.), "Football and the Law" (2018).

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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.
  • (with Michael Beloff QC and Shane Sibbel) "Stadia, Hillsborough, Health & Safety and Policing" in Nick De Marco QC (ed.), Football and the Law (Bloomsbury Professional, 2018), pp. 331-340.

Memberships 

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

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