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George Eyre
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George accepts instructions in all Chambers’ core areas of practice, with a focus on commercial and construction matters. George is happy working both as sole counsel or as part of a team.

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.

George is developing a broad civil and commercial practice of his own and has experience of advising, pleading and appearing as sole counsel in the County Court and High Court. His recent work has included:

  • 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;
  • Frequently acting in applications in the County Court in property matters.

Banking & Finance

George accepts instructions in banking and financial matters.

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:

  • 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.

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 and has experience of appearing in the County Court and High Court on such matters.

Property & Construction Professionals

George accepts instructions in professional liability matters. 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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