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George Eyre
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George is building a strong practice in line with Hardwicke’s specialisms, with a focus on commercial and construction disputes. He is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, working specifically on construction-related matters.

George is happy working both as sole counsel or as part of a team. He is developing a broad commercial and construction practice of his own and has experience of advising, pleading and appearing at hearings in the County Court and High Court. His recent work has included:

  • Advising on banking and financial services related issues arising from a high-profile mortgage fraud concerning a stately home in North-East England.
  • Advising and appearing in commercial disputes involving jurisdictional issues, including applications under CPR part 11 and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
  • Advising (as sole counsel) the main contractor to a major infrastructure project on multi-million pound losses arising from the delay to the project.
  • Representing the Claimant in a commercial two-day Multi-Track trial concerning services provided by a specialist IT consultant.
  • Assisting (led by Michael Wheater) the successful Responding Party to multi-million pound Adjudication proceedings concerning the development of student accommodation.
  • Advising in respect of the application of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 to contracts regarding a housebuilding programme in East Anglia.
  • Acting successfully at trail for a Defendant company, arguing that the sums claimed pursuant to contract were penal and unenforceable.
  • Regularly drafting pleadings in commercial matters including breach of contract, bailment, conversion, and agency.
  • Acting successfully for a real estate company in an application to strike out a claim against it for breach of contract.
  • Appearing regularly in bankruptcy and insolvency matters in the County Court and High Court.

During pupillage, George was supervised by David Pliener, Michael Wheater and David Lewis, with whom he was involved in substantial and complex disputes across the spectrum of Hardwicke’s commercial, insurance and construction specialisms.

George assisted his supervisors in the preparation and conduct of substantial trials in the High Court and received training in pleading and advising in the following areas of practice:

  • General commercial, including jurisdictional challenges;
  • Construction;
  • Insurance;
  • Professional liability, particularly concerning solicitors, surveyors, construction and finance professionals;
  • Company, Partnership and shareholders’ disputes;
  • Insolvency;
  • Franchising;
  • Property and Landlord & Tenant.

Banking & Finance

George accepts instructions in banking and financial matters and regularly represents or appears against banks or other financial institutions. He has recently advised specifically on banking-related issues arising from a professional negligence claim concerning a major mortgage fraud against a high-street bank.

During pupillage, George was involved in:

  • Resisting a summary judgment application concerning the validity of a loan guarantee;
  • A claim for breach of fiduciary duty and the professional negligence of a financial advisor in a trusts matter concerning an investment fund and a major international bank.

Commercial Litigation

George is building a broad commercial practice and has experience of acting, pleading and advising in commercial matters. His recent work has included:

  • Representing the Claimant in a two-day Multi-Track trial concerning a contractual dispute involving the provision of services by a specialist IT consultant. The matter settled on the eve of trial and George was successful in obtaining an order for indemnity costs consequent on the Defendant’s conduct.
  • Advising and appearing in commercial disputes involving jurisdictional issues, including applications under CPR part 11 and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
  • Advising a telecoms provider on its entitlement to payment from a major high-street retailer after the alleged wrongful termination of its supply agreement.
  • Acting successfully at trial for a Defendant company arguing that the sums claimed pursuant to contract were penal and unenforceable.
  • Regularly drafting pleadings in commercial matters including breach of contract, bailment, conversion, and agency.
  • Acting successfully for a real estate company in an application to strike out a claim against it for breach of contract.

During pupillage, George gained experience in a wide range of commercial matters, including:

  • A jurisdictional challenge in a claim for breach of contract brought against the subsidiary of one of the world’s largest retailers;
  • A claim against a high street clothes retailer on its rights of set-off and the title to its debts in a claim made against it by a clothing manufacturer;
  • A claim for payment of commission for facilitating the transfer of two multi-billion dollar private equity portfolios;
  • Advising on the interpretation of contracts for the supply of marketing materials to a large marketing agency;
  • Franchising matters, including issues of breach of contract, derogation from grant, restrictive covenants, and misuse of confidential information.

Construction Litigation

George accepts instructions across the scope of construction disputes and is regularly instructed to advise, assist with adjudication proceedings, prepare pleadings, and to appear in construction litigation. His recent work has included:

  • Assisting (led by Michael Wheater) the successful Responding Party to multi-million pound Adjudication proceedings concerning the development of student accommodation.
  • Advising (as sole counsel) the main contractor to a major infrastructure project on multi-million pound losses arising from the delay to that project.
  • Drafting various proceedings relating to defects in construction projects.
  • Advising an energy company on claims arising from damage to its infrastructure during works to implement a large government-funded project.
  • Advising on claims arising from the alleged wrongful termination of contracts governing connected residential housing developments across England.
  • Assisting in adjudications with issues concerning payment, professional negligence, and wrongful termination.

During pupillage, George gained a broad experience in construction matters, and assisted his supervisors in substantial and complex construction disputes, including:

  • A contractual claim in a large PFI project in North West England;
  • Preparing for a four-week trial in the TCC concerning the negligence of architects and contractors in the construction of a multi-million-pound residential build in central London;
  • A multi-million-pound claim concerning a defective floor slab in the premises of a major supermarket;
  • A multi-million-pound claim concerning the collapse of a London church and community centre;
  • A claim against an architect for the defective design of the roof of a large new-build property;
  • A claim concerning damage caused by the allegedly defective construction of a new runway at an international airport.

Personal Insolvency

George accepts instructions in insolvency matters. He is frequently instructed to appear in the High Court on matters concerning insolvency and enforcement.

Property & Construction Professionals

George accepts instructions in professional liability matters. His work often includes issues relating to the liability of professionals in the construction and property industries and has recently included:

  • An Adjudication concerning the negligence of a design consultant in the specification of bathrooms to a luxury property development in South London.
  • Advising in a professional negligence claim concerning mortgage fraud against a high-street bank.

During pupillage, he gained a broad experience of claims against solicitors, surveyors, construction and finance professionals, including:

  • A claim against a negligent conveyancing firm of solicitors in respect of a multi-million pound property in Cornwall which had been transferred subject to onerous restrictive covenants;
  • The appeal of a matter concerning the negligence of a large bank in the provision of a mortgage;
  • Assisting in numerous claims against construction professionals;
  • A claim against a firm of solicitors whose negligence prevented the claimant from recovering a large compensation payment for industrial deafness.

Housing (Social & Privately Rented)

George is gaining substantial experience of appearing in housing and property matters, and routinely appears as counsel in applications in the County Court.

Qualifications

Academic qualifications:

  • BA, History, First Class (New College, Oxford)
  • GDL, Commendation (City Law School)
  • BPTC, Outstanding (City Law School)

Scholarships and other awards & prizes:

  • Lord Bowen Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Academic Scholarship (City Law School)
  • Monckton Chambers Prize for EU Law (City Law School)
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