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George Eyre
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George specialises in commercial and construction litigation, including associated insurance and professional negligence matters.

Alongside his regular practice, since October 2018 George has been instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. George’s work has concerned the construction law issues relating to the design and construction of Grenfell Tower and has included analysis of a wide range of standard form and bespoke construction contracts, the duties owed by professional consultants, and the Building Regulations and other statutory duties.

George is happy working as sole counsel or as part of a team across the range of commercial and construction disputes, and he is regularly instructed at all stages of litigation, from pre-action to resolution of the dispute at trial or by ADR.

Please refer to the tabs to the side of this page to see specific examples of George’s recent work in his core practice areas.

Before joining Hardwicke, George graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in History and then completed the GDL and BPTC at the City Law School, during which time he was awarded a number of scholarships and academic prizes. George regularly contributes to Hardwicke’s programme of seminars and articles on key and emerging issues in his practice areas.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

George has a broad commercial practice and has experience of acting, pleading and advising in commercial matters across the scope of Hardwicke’s specialisms, including associated insurance and professional liability matters and jurisdictional issues arising from international commercial relationships.

George’s recent work has included:

  • The trial of a dispute arising from the breakdown of the relationship between a musician and their agent.
  • A multi-million pound contractual dispute in relation to insurance obligations arising from the prolongation of a large construction project.
  • A contractual dispute involving the provision of services by a specialist IT consultant.
  • Advising and appearing in a number of commercial disputes involving jurisdictional issues arising from international contracts, including applications under CPR part 11 and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
  • A dispute arising from the alleged wrongful termination by a high-street retailer of its supply agreement with a specialist telecoms provider.
  • Acting for an energy provider in a claim relating to damage caused to its infrastructure during a government-funded scheme.
  • A dispute involving banking and financial services arising from a high-profile mortgage fraud in the purchase of a stately home.

Construction

George has a busy construction practice and is regularly instructed by individuals, commercial clients and their insurers to advise, assist with adjudication proceedings, prepare pleadings, and to appear in construction litigation.

George’s work in this area involves a wide range of specialist construction issues, including those arising from standard form and bespoke construction contracts, the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended), and the liability of construction professionals.

Since October 2018, alongside his regular practice, George has been instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the independent public inquiry established to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. George’s work has concentrated on specialist construction issues in the context of a high-value Design and Build construction project and has involved analysis of a wide range of standard form and bespoke construction contracts, the Building Regulations and other statutory duties, and the liability of professional consultants.

George’s other recent work has included:

  • A six-figure dispute arising from the demolition and reconstruction of a residential property, involving a range of allegations of defective work, delay and wrongful termination.
  • Multi-million pound Adjudication proceedings arising from demolition and refurbishment works to a large commercial premises in Birmingham (led by Michael Wheater).
  • A multi-million pound dispute arising from losses flowing from delays to a major public infrastructure project.
  • Acting for an energy provider in a claim relating to widespread damage caused to its infrastructure during the implementation a publicly funded energy initiative.
  • Adjudication proceedings concerning the liability of professional design consultants in relation to the construction of several luxury properties in London.
  • Multi-million pound Adjudication proceedings concerning the development of student accommodation (led by Michael Wheater).

Professional Liability

George’s work regularly concerns the liability of professionals in the provision of services in the legal, financial and construction industries, in isolation or as part of broader disputes.

Since October 2018, alongside his regular practice, George has been instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the independent public inquiry established to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. George’s work has included issues relating to the liability of professional consultants across several disciplines in the construction industry.

George’s other recent work has included:

  • A dispute relating to the liability of a large trade association in the context of its recommendation of its member bodies for specialist construction work.
  • A dispute arising from the services provided by a design consultant in relation to the refurbishment of a large commercial premises in a City of London property.
  • A claim against conveyancing solicitors relating to the failure to obtain relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax in the purchase of a residential property.
  • Adjudication proceedings concerning the liability of design consultants in relation to the construction of several luxury properties in London.

Insurance Funded Disputes

George’s commercial, construction and professional liability practice routinely involves insurance issues. George is regularly instructed in commercial and construction disputes in which one or both parties are insurers or funded by insurance.

George’s recent insurance work has included:

  • A dispute involving coverage and brokering issues in the provision of insurance-backed guarantees for works to refurbish the roofs of two Central London properties.
  • A dispute concerning the Construction All Risks policy in respect a major infrastructure project.
  • Representing the insurers of the managing agent of a block of student accommodation in a contractual claim.

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)
  • Hardwicke 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)
  • Prize for performance in Final Honour School (New College, Oxford)
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