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George Spalton

Call: 2004


George specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on the following areas: (i) international commercial arbitration, (ii) offshore work, (iii) financial services, (iv) construction law and (v) professional liability claims (including professional disciplinary work).

George is rated in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500  for International Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability and Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory work. In 2016 George was nominated by Chambers and Partners as ‘International Arbitration’ Junior of the Year.

  • “An excellent junior, who is bright, pragmatic and user-friendly." "A rising star with sound commercial acumen and a strong intellect, he's thorough, communicative and a determinedly tough negotiator."
  • "Excellent – crisp and concise on paper, impressive in court and a real team player’ who ‘has a keen intellect and is an excellent sounding board offering very practical advice."
  • ‘Very client-friendly and has a relaxed, easy manner about him. He was well briefed, knew his stuff and was incredibly responsive. He anticipated issues very well and proved a real team player."
  • "He has got brilliant results from the clutches of defeat, and is really good in terms of the sensitivity he shows to clients."
  • "He is very quick and very commercial - a rising star" whose “grasp of the complex issues and commercial nous are extremely impressive.”

In addition, in 2012 George was named as one of ten ‘Stars of the Bar’ in a survey by Legal Week, having previously been named in the 2010 version as a ‘Highly Commended’ Junior.

George was on the Executive Committee of COMBAR (the Commercial Bar Association) from 2013 to 2016 and was Chair of Junior COMBAR from 2011 to 2013.

In May 2015 George was called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).

Commercial: George’s experience of commercial litigation and arbitration encompasses a wide variety of domestic and international disputes. His experience ranges from construction related disputes, to conflicts of law/jurisdictional issues, insurance and reinsurance, commodities and civil fraud.

International/Offshore: George has built up a strong international practice and has been instructed in a claims and arbitrations in a wide-range of jurisdictions in recent years (including in the BVI, Trinidad & Tobago, Oman, Dubai, the DIFC, Singapore, France and USA (Washington DC)).

Financial Services: George is also developing a particular expertise in financial services claims – whether acting for or against financial institutions, banks, individual financial services practitioners or regulatory bodies. George has experience of financial markets having worked as an intern analyst at a major bank in the City and from his LLM in New York which included courses on corporate finance and accounting.

Professional Liability: George’s professional liability work involves claims for and against accountants and auditors, financial services professionals, insurance brokers & agents, lawyers – both barristers and solicitors - and surveyors.

Other core areas of practice: George has a busy practice in the fields of sports and disciplinary related work:

  • In the disciplinary context, he has appeared before tribunals for the following professional bodies: the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Association of Taxation Technicians, the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board (in its previous form as the AIDB) and he has also appeared before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • In the context of sports, George has acted in respect of a range of sports and for both professional athletes and governing bodies. For example, he recently represented an athlete in an appeal arising out of non-selection for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

More detail on George’s practice can be found by following the links to relevant “areas of practice”.

Further Information

Before commencing practice George read history at Oriel College, Oxford where he was a scholar and won the John Shannon prize for Modern History. After converting to law, George obtained a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Columbia University, New York where he was a Stone Scholar.

George is a member of the following associations: COMBAR; LCIA; TECBAR; ChBA; PNBA and ADRL.


MA Oxon; LLM Columbia University (New York)


Conversational French