George has extensive experience of professional liability claims, both in terms of claims involving different professions and in respect of the value and type of claims. He is recommended by both Legal 500 2016 and Chambers and Partners 2016 as a leading junior. Amongst other things he is said to be “a bright and thorough junior developing a reputation in professional negligence”, “very commercial and great with clients“, “a top notch advocate“, “a real up-and-coming star” with a “real intellect” and a “very calm manner with clients”.
George has particular experience of acting for and against accountants and auditors, financial services professionals, insurance brokers & agents, actuaries, barrister, solicitors and surveyors. He also has good experience of disciplinary claims and tribunals.
Examples of reported decisions include:
- Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd v Wilkins Kennedy (A Firm)  EWHC 1122 (TCC)
- Wright v Lewis Silkin  EWCA Civ 1308
- Planetree Nominees Ltd v Howard Kennedy LLP  EWHC 2302 (Ch)
- Stokors S.A. & Others v I G Markets Ltd; v Craigcrook Management Services Ltd  EWHC 631 (Comm)
- Webb v (1) JMQC (2) Dakers Green Brett EWHC 93 (Ch); (2010) NPC 12
- Reader v Molesworths Bright Clegg  EWCA Civ 169;  1 WLR 1082
George is an Editor of “Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability” and from 2013 to 2016 was one of the four co-editors of Sweet & Maxwell’s “Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law”.
His professional liability experience includes offshore work (largely focused on claims involving accountants, auditors and actuaries) – in Cayman, BVI and Trinidad & Tobago.
In 2015 George was called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI).
Accountants, Auditors & Actuaries
George has particular experience of claims against accountants and actuaries. He is the editor of the chapter on actuaries in Jackson & Powell and has experience of claims for and against actuaries.
He is currently instructed on behalf of PwC in ongoing litigation and he has recently been involved in a significant claim against a top 20 firm arising out of their involvement in offshore property development (Harlequin v Wilkins Kennedy).
George also has experience of tax related claims (whether investment schemes, such as the Ingenious litigation or claims against individual tax advisers). In this regard, he was one of the panel of barristers retained by the Chartered Institute of Taxation for several years
Financial Services Professionals
George has significant experience of professional liability claims in the financial context. That experience is based both on his accountants/actuaries related work and also work for and against IFAs.
Having worked as co-editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s 5 volume ‘Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law’ he has a very good understanding of the relevant statutory framework.
He has successfully represented an individual said to have given negligent advice in relation to CFDs (contracts for difference) at a five week commercial court trial: (Stokors v IG Markets & Craigcrook  EWHC 631 (Comm)).
Insurance Brokers & Agents
George’s experience of insurance broker related work has ranged from claims defending coverholders (Markerstudy v Synergy) to claims against brokers for advice on cover, e.g. Crowson v HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd  Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 441.
George has been involved in a substantial number of claims against solicitors and barristers where the underlying subject matter relates to both civil and criminal matters.
He has appeared in a number of significant cases, with three cases in the Court of Appeal on issues relating to lawyers’ liability: most recently Wright v Lewis Silkin  EWCA Civ 1308 (led by Justin Fenwick QC); David Frost v Wake Smith & Tofields (A Firm)  EWCA Civ 1960 and also Reader v Molesworths Bright Clegg  EWCA Civ 169;  1 WLR 1082 (led by Bernard Livesey QC).
George also has extensive experience of interim costs related matters on behalf of lawyers, such as wasted costs applications, security for costs in the context of ATE and non-party costs orders (for example he acted for the solicitors in Weddall v Barchester Healthcare Limited; Germany v Flatman  EWHC 2945 (QB), a decision of Mr Justice Eady concerning non-party cost orders against a firm of solicitors under section 51 of the Senior Courts Act 1981).
Surveyors & Valuers
George has extensive experience of claims against valuers involving both residential and commercial property. He has been instructed both by banks seeking to recover losses caused by negligent valuations and also by valuers defending such claims. He also has been involved in a number of mortgage fraud cases.