George commenced practice in September 2016, since when he has developed a broad practice across all of Chambers’ main areas of work. He has acquired extensive experience of working both as a member of large teams (e.g. in a 3-week Commercial Court trial, and an NGO intervention in the Supreme Court) and as sole counsel. He has appeared unled before the High Court, the County Court, Employment Tribunals, and disciplinary panels. His clients include individuals (ranging from a vulnerable prisoner to a billionaire), charities, campaigning organisations, trade unions, government departments, regulators, and businesses large and small.

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 has wide experience of acting both led and unled on a broad range of public and regulatory matters. His clients include charities, regulators, 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.

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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, campaigning organisations and government departments, in respect of cases from the County Court to the Supreme Court.

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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 a 3-week Commercial Court trial, numerous County Court matters, and 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; IR35 issues; and High Court employee competition and share option litigation.

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.

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EU & Competition

George has worked on several EU and competition matters, and is a member of the committee of the Bar European Group. 

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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.

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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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Environment

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

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

George has acted in several civil fraud cases. He has experience of both trial and interim applications, including for freezing injunctions and committal.

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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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Financial Services

George has experience of a range of financial services matters.

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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, including in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation.

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Telecommunications

George has experience of a range of telecommunications matters. 

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Media & Entertainment

George has experience of a range of media & entertainment matters.

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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
  • Employment Lawyers' 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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