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George is head of our Sheffield and Manchester commercial litigation teams. In that role he runs some of the most important litigation in the country, both for commercial organisations and for central and local Government. He acted on the judicial review of the Maastricht Treaty, the Buncefield oil depot explosion litigation, the largest ever public procurement case in the UK Courts, a set of substantial product liability claims in the asbestos industry and a case to secure legacy contracts for the Olympics. His work frequently takes him overseas and he is qualified in New South Wales, Australia and New York, USA.
- A former manufacturer of asbestos based products on defending claims of contribution and parent company liability brought by insurers of subsidiary and third party companies.
- Joint venture companies owned by Shell, BP, Total and Chevron in relation to their part of the Buncefield oil terminal which was destroyed in December 2005 when the adjacent part of the terminal exploded. George was successful at a liability trial and recovered substantial damages by negotiation.
- The UK's largest forensics company on a number of disputes both commercial in nature and arising from the provision of evidence to police forces.
- An investment bank on its appeal against a decision by HMRC to assess it for income tax and national insurance contributions on bonuses paid to bank employees. Following an unsuccessful hearing in the first tier tax tribunal, George handled the successful appeal to the upper tier tax tribunal and concurrent group litigation for recovery of income tax from individual bank employees.
- US finance house on a freezing injunction and the recovery of sums from guarantor directors following a “fresh air” invoicing fraud.
- Oil exploration company on its defence of an international arbitration alleging breach of its duty to maintain an oil rig subject to a bareboat charter and failure to return at the end of the charter, in breach of a voyage in progress clause.
- A Home Office unit on a domestic arbitration with a commercial contractor tasked with carrying out immigration policy.
- Firebuy Limited (a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government) on its defence of public procurement challenge proceedings brought against it by a disappointed bidder in a national fire equipment procurement. At the time this was the largest public procurement challenge in the UK Courts and was widely reported. George successfully defended Firebuy and eventually settled the case through mediation in the period running up to trial.
- Department for Transport on a number of high profile, multi party public procurement/judicial review and bid costs challenges to its rail franchising decisions.
- NHS Supply Chain (a part of DHL) on supplier challenges brought following its procurement exercises for the supply of equipment and consumables to the NHS.
- Cory/Wheelabrator JV on the successful defence of a Judicial Review taken by a campaign group aimed at preventing a waste to energy incinerator project.
- Successful international commodities arbitration for a global cement manufacturer against a supplier of petcoke for its breach of contract by failing to supply
- 1990 - MA Hons Law (Cambridge)
- A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the London Court of International Arbitration.
- An independent Adjudicator for the Traffic Penalty Tribunal in England and Wales. George is a Council member of JUSTICE and has sat on its recent working parties on the future of the Court estate and on Judicial diversity.