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

His expertise in all these areas has been enhanced as a result of his being instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since October 2018. George’s work on the Inquiry has concerned the design and construction of Grenfell Tower and has included analysis of a wide range of commercial and construction law issues, including obligations arising under standard form and bespoke construction contracts, the duties owed by professional consultants, the Building Regulations and other statutory duties.

In addition to his individual work, George regularly works as a part of a larger counsel team. 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 is a member of the Commercial Bar Association, the Technology and Construction Bar Association, The Society of Construction Law, the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Young International Arbitration Group.

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 advising, drafting and appearing at court in commercial matters across the scope of Hardwicke’s specialisms, including insurance and professional liability matters and jurisdictional issues arising from international commercial relationships.

George’s recent work has included:

  • A dispute concerning allegations of misrepresentation in relation to a fraud perpetrated on an investment bank acting as financer for the hire-purchase of several items of commercial machinery, heard at a five-day trial (with David Lewis QC).
  • A shipping dispute concerning the validity of port service charges against an international shipping company, involving UK and EU shipping and competition legislation (with David Lewis QC).
  • A dispute involving banking and financial services arising from a high-profile mortgage fraud in the purchase of a stately home (led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC).
  • As sole counsel, advising in a multi-million pound contractual dispute in relation to insurance obligations arising from the prolongation of a large infrastructure project.
  • A dispute concerning the liability of the supplier of commercial equipment for damage caused by a series of floods consequent on defects in the equipment.
  • A dispute concerning a company’s entitlement to payment in respect of security services allegedly provided to a large housebuilder.
  • The trial of a dispute arising from the breakdown of the relationship between a musician and their agent, concerning issues of commercial agency and unjust enrichment.
  • An insurance dispute involving coverage and brokering issues in the provision of insurance-backed guarantees for renovation works to two Central London properties.
  • 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 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.
  • Advising an energy provider in a claim relating to widespread damage caused to its infrastructure during the implementation a government-funded cladding initiative.

Construction & Engineering

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 disputes.

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.  He has  particular expertise in cases involving property damage and where complicated insurance issues are involved.

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:

  • Six-figure adjudication proceedings relating to the defective construction of a specialist care facility for severely disabled young adults.
  • 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 dispute relating to losses suffered as a result of a major oil spill at a hospital in Dorset (led by David Pliener)
  • A multi-million pound dispute arising from losses flowing from delays to a major public infrastructure project.
  • 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 Negligence

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.
  • Appeal proceedings in relation to a claim against conveyancing solicitors concerning their 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

George’s commercial, construction and professional liability practice routinely involves insurance issues and George is regularly instructed in 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.
  • As sole counsel, advising in a multi-million pound dispute concerning insurance obligations arising under the Construction All Risks policy in respect a major infrastructure project that was the subject of significant delay.
  • 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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