George was born in Fraddon, Cornwall and heads up the litigation team in St. Austell. He is a senior litigator and clinical negligence specialist.
George predominately deals with complex and/or high-value claims in relation to clinical negligence, where he specialises in all types of cases ranging from:
- childbirth cases
- paraplegic cases
- misdiagnosis cases of cancer, in particular, misinterpretation of radiological evidence
- physical and mental impairment
His work in personal injury includes road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupier liability claims, criminal injury claims, and Motor Insurer Bureau’s claims. In addition, George’s practice encompasses inquests and fatal injury claims, dental negligence claims, and professional negligence claims arising out of clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He also deals with claims against other professionals such as surveyors, estate agents and accountants.
George also supervises and works with others in his team in relation to general contract disputes/disputes involving Wills/Estates/Inheritance Act claims.
George works very closely with the client, their families, the appropriate medical/non-medical experts and barristers to ensure that whenever possible, and appropriate, the maximum settlement can be achieved through negotiation. If negotiation does not yield the desired results, George will robustly pursue the case to trial.
Associations and memberships
George is a Fellow of the Chartered Legal Executives, being the National President in 2003 to 2004. During his time as President, he lobbied extensively to increase the rights and status of Legal Executives in England and Wales. George is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
An example of recent high-profile cases includes:
- A clinical negligence case involving a severe brain injury at birth, where the ultimate damages recovered were in excess of £3,000,000.
- A complex medical negligence case involving paraplegia where gross damages exceeded £2,000,000.
- An accident at work in which the client suffered paraplegic injuries leading to a settlement of just under £2,000,000.
- A surveyors negligence case during which a settlement was successfully negotiated (£100,000 plus) without the need for proceedings.
- A professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors in a complex insolvency case, where settlement was negotiated at mediation (£80,000 plus).
- An Inheritance Act claim which was won at trial for more than £100,000.
George is currently dealing with several cases with values of more than £500,000. Many of his cases are issued and run out of the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Outside the office
In his free time, George enjoys playing the drums, listening to music, reading, theatre and foreign travel.