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Overview

Georgina was appointed to the Attorney General's Regional Panel of Counsel to the Crown in 2012.

She was awarded a major scholarship from Gray’s Inn for the CPE year.  She achieved the Nottingham Law School Prize for the highest overall result on the Graduate Diploma in Law, followed by the Taylor Prize for best overall performance on the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School.

She had 8 years’ commercial and public sector experience before coming to the Bar, including work as Accounts Manager for the Legal Services Commission, and commercial management in the banking recruitment sector and hospitality industry, managing a 4-star hotel in Central London.  She is a competent French speaker.

She has a strong analytical approach and thorough attention to detail.  She is regarded as being approachable with clients and witnesses, and is known for persuasive written and verbal submissions and effective cross-examination.  A High Court judge hearing a recent appeal remarked on her cogent and attractively formulated arguments.

Interests away from the Bar include running and fitness, horse riding, skiing and travel.

Animals Act and Equine Litigation

Georgina is a specialist in equine litigation and other disputes involving animals. She has in-depth knowledge of the complex provisions of the Animals Act 1971 and associated case law.

She has advised and represented claimants and defendants in:

  • Horse riding accidents on private premises and in equestrian schools
  • Fatal animal attacks
  • Road traffic incidents involving horses and livestock
  • Dog bite claims
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance claims involving damage to, and caused by, livestock
  • Disputes arising from farrier’s work.

Commercial

Georgina has broad experienced across the range of commercial matters, and is able to draw on her valuable industry experience gained prior to her call to the Bar.

She relishes dealing with complex legal and/or factual issues. She is happy to represent clients in court and in mediation, arbitration or joint settlement meetings.

  • Sale of Goods Act 1979 and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982
  • Claims arising from the sale/loan of horses and other equine disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Wrongful interference with goods
  • Construction and building disputes
  • Misrepresentation
  • Undue influence
  • Restitution claims
  • Professional negligence
  • Disputes with energy providers
  • Injunctions
  • Personal and company insolvency.

Property and Chancery

Georgina has broad experience across the range of property and chancery cases and regularly deals with complex cases.

Her probate and trusts experience encompasses:

  • Contentious probate proceedings
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims
  • Rectification of a will
  • Proceedings for the administration of a will
  • Removal of personal representatives
  • Claims against executors
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Claims for an account and/or inquiry
  • Professional negligence arising from the drafting and/or administration of a will
  • Joint bank accounts
  • Enduring powers of attorney.

She deals with all aspects of landlord and tenant claims, including:

  • Business and residential possession proceedings
  • Dilapidations claims
  • Claims for compensation
  • Deposits.

Georgina has experience of all types of real property dispute, including:

  • Easements
  • Boundary disputes
  • Trusts of land
  • Right to Buy scheme
  • Constructive and/or resulting trusts
  • Joint ownership
  • Undue influence
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Nuisance
  • Tree root damage
  • Subsidence
  • Injunctions.

Personal Injury

Georgina represents both claimants and defendants on all tracks and in the Court of Appeal in personal injury cases of all types.

She has experience of all types of claims, including:

  • Employers’ liability
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Highways Act and other slip and trip
  • Product liability
  • Defective Premises Act 1972
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
  • Breach of Building Regulations
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Nervous shock and other psychiatric injuries
  • Defences of illegality and volenti non fit injuria
  • Proceedings involving children or protected parties
  • Claims involving insolvent parties and the Official Receiver
  • CICA and CRU appeals.

Disease

Georgina has experience across a range of disease claims, including:

  • Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)
  • HAVS and other work-related upper limb disorders
  • Mesothelioma and other asbestos related disease
  • Limitation.

She is adept at analysing and challenging expert evidence, particularly in industrial deafness matters.

Clinical Negligence

Georgina has a keen interest in clinical negligence, which dates back to her academic studies, during which she wrote an extended dissertation on the topic.

She has represented medical and caring professionals at inquests, which were likely to lead to clinical negligence proceedings, and has been instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in claims involving alleged negligent care and treatment.

Inquests

Georgina has appeared at inquests on behalf of a range of interested parties, including family of the deceased, insurers, and, in her capacity as Treasury Counsel, the Ministry of Justice.

She has a robust approach to the admissibility and relevance of evidence.

Her experience includes inquests involving:

  • Death in custody
  • Article 2 ECHR
  • Jury and coroner, and coroner alone
  • Death of vulnerable adults in care
  • Death resulting from mesothelioma and other industrial disease
  • Road Traffic Accident death.

Housing

Georgina acts for both landlords and tenants in all aspects of housing law, including:

  • Possession claims
  • Rent arrears
  • Anti-social behaviour injunctions
  • Contempt of court proceedings for breach of ASBI
  • Disrepair claims
  • Disability discrimination and other claims or defences under the Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998 and/or ECHR
  • Community Care
  • Judicial Review
  • Maladministration and Local Government Ombudsman complaints
  • Homelessness.

She has represented clients both at trial and on appeal.

Employment

Georgina acts for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal.

She has experience of:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Disability discrimination
  • Victimisation
  • Redundancy payments
  • Unlawful deduction of wages
  • Breach of contract.

Notable Cases

Kozlowska v Thurloe (t/a Judi Thurloe Sports Horses) [2012] EWCA Civ 236: a successful appeal on behalf of a defendant livery yard owner in a claim by a former employee arising from a horse riding accident. Judgment was set aside because of the trial judge's failure to give adequate reasons for his decision and successfully defended the claim at the re-trial.

Lincoln City Council v Bird [2015] EWHC 843 (QB): appeal against a county court judge’s decision to dismiss the Council’s claim for possession on grounds of anti-social behaviour. It was held on appeal that, in finding that it was not reasonable to make an order for possession, the trial judge had failed to consider the effect of the tenant's admitted anti-social behaviour on other tenants, his neighbours and on the local community. The order was substituted with an order for possession suspended on terms.

Areas of Work

  • Animals Act and Equine Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Property and Chancery
  • Personal Injury
  • Disease
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Inquests
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Criminal Regulatory

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Housing Law Practitioners’ Association

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Chambers UK Bar 2017

    Georgina has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017 for Personal Injury.

    She is widely esteemed for her expertise in claims involving the Animals Act. She assists both claimants and defendants.

    Strengths:

    "very prompt, has an eye for detail, good on her feet and efficient."

    "Has a very good way of explaining the complexities of the Animals Act to clients."

    Recent Work:

    Advised a woman seeking compensation after a bull fatally attacked her husband and caused her serious injuries.

    Please click here for more information.

  • Judgment Secured for Riding School Student

    Georgina recently secured judgment for a riding school student following a 3-day multi-track trial with equine experts in attendance. The Claimant was a nervous, novice rider, who fell from a horse whilst cantering up a hard track, out of sight from the escort. She had previously attended 3 lessons and 1 hack at the school, and had cantered once in the arena only. She lost control of the horse, having released the horse’s reins, upon the instructor’s advice to hold on to the saddle whilst cantering. The Defendant was found liable in negligence.

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