George is counsel in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group based in London, specialising in international commercial arbitration and supporting litigation. He is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts. Before joining the firm, George completed his pupillage at a leading set of Commercial Chancery chambers in London.

    George received the Hardwicke Entrance Award and Lord Bowen Scholarship from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2013.

    George advises on and represents clients in a range of international disputes. These include international commercial arbitration, English litigation before the High Court (and above) and on matters of private international law.

    George also appears as an advocate before a wide range of courts and tribunals, both with colleagues and alone.

    His arbitration experience includes advising on the merits of arbitrations governed by the LCIA, ICC and LMAA Rules; appearing as counsel in arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC rules; and appearing as sole counsel in procedural hearings and final merits hearings in arbitrations under the ICC rules. George has also assisted with contesting the enforcement of arbitral awards under the New York Convention. 

    In the High Court George has been involved in varied commercial disputes involving claims in contract, tort, fraud and deceit involving international elements. George appeared as junior counsel in an application to set aside an arbitral award before the High Court, as well as appearing as sole counsel in procedural hearings before the High Court.

    George also has considerable experience assisting with matters before the DIFC courts.

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    • Representing the claimant as sole advocate in a Paris-seated ICC commercial arbitration. George conducted the advocacy at procedural hearings and the final merits hearing, as well as drafting pleadings and procedural applications.
    • Assisting James Barratt in the advocacy in a London-seated commercial arbitration conducted under the LCIA Rules. Acting as junior counsel, including cross-examining two witnesses. In relation to this matter, George also drafted written submissions and a number of procedural applications.
    • Appearing with James Barratt in the High Court to make an application for an extension of time to challenge a London-seated ICC arbitral award in Telecom of Kosovo v Dardafon [2017] EWHC 1326 (Comm).
    • Representing a leading Middle Eastern client in a Swiss-seated ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a power station, including drafting memorials and appearing as junior counsel.
    • Representing a pharmaceutical company in a dispute with its distributor. Advising and representing the client in relation to a mediation under the LCIA Mediation Rules. Drafting the Request for Arbitration to commence the subsequent London-seated arbitration under the LCIA rules.
    • Representing a manufacturer in a dispute with a pharmaceutical company in an English-seated arbitration governed by the LCIA rules.
    • Settling the defence in a claim for damages relating to a financing advisory mandate before the Commercial Court. Appearing as sole counsel at the Case Management Conference in the High Court.
    • Settling the defence and advising on settlement discussions in a claim for damages in a cross-border commercial case before the English courts.
    • Advising a third party witness compelled to attend a London-seated arbitration pursuant to s.43 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Appearing as junior counsel representing the witness as he gave evidence at the ensuing arbitral hearing.
    • Assisting in opposing an application to the DIFC Courts for Immediate Judgment concerning a claim for an alleged debt under a loan facility. Assisting in the appeal before the DIFC Court of Appeal in respect of the Immediate Judgment application.
    • Assisting in setting aside default judgment obtained in the DIFC Courts in respect of debts said to arise out of a series of loan agreements. Following success in setting aside the default judgment, subsequently assisting in the application to contest the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts.
    • Assisting in defending a claim brought in the DIFC Courts. Assisting in successfully contesting the categorisation of the claim and obtaining an order for confidentiality. Assisting further in seeking Immediate Judgment against the claimant.
    • Assisting in setting aside a default judgment obtained against an alleged guarantor before the DIFC Courts. Following the setting aside of the default judgment, assisting in enforcing a mandatory arbitration clause.
    • Extensive drafting of claims, defences, appeals and skeleton arguments for both arbitration and High Court litigation.

    Education

    • City University London, 2015
    • City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2014
    • University of Oxford, B.A., 2010

    Admissions

    • England and Wales (barrister), 2015
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