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George Woods has a wide-ranging construction and commercial practice. He has particular experience in the fields of:

  • Construction & Engineering
  • Technology & Telecoms
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Insurance
  • Hydro Electric and Renewable Energy and Waste
  • General Commercial

George is regularly instructed to appear for employers, contractors and sub-contractors.

Featured Construction & Engineering cases

Advising and acting for the referring and responding parties in numerous adjudications, including in enforcement proceedings.


  • A number of railway construction and timetabling disputes.

Water systems:

  • Representing the designer and installer of building management services in a claim arising out of a severe flood.
  • Acting for a property manager in a dispute over extensive leaks in an office.
  • Acting for the developer of a defective waste water treatment system.

Construction Professionals:

  • Disputes involving allegations of professional negligence in the construction industry. Recent cases have involved surveyors, architects, quantity surveyors and structural engineers.


  • Instructions on behalf of landlords and tenants in cladding disputes.


  • Acting for various parties in a number of glazing disputes in office and residential buildings

Acting for a hotel developer in a number of disputes with the contractor, involving allegations of fraud, delay and defects.

Advising the developer of a combined cycle gas turbine in Europe in a long running dispute with the D&B contractor.

Advising an offshore installation contractor in a wind farm development.

Acting for a groundworks contractor in a claim arising from the settlement and demolition of a central London property following neighbouring excavation works.

Acting for the claimants in cases involving property damage caused by works to neighbouring property. Claims made under the Party Wall (etc.) Act 1996 and in nuisance.

Representing the Defendants in litigation arising out of construction of The Shard, Cleveland Bridge UK Limited v Severfield-Rowen Structures Ltd [2012] EWHC 3652 (TCC).

Representing the employers, contractors and professionals in a number of long-running multi-million pound domestic construction disputes.

Advising the owner of a recycling facility claiming that the facility is not fit for its purpose, addressing failings in design and construction.

Advising the owner of a warehouse following settlement and subsidence.

Acting for the Claimant in a dispute over the destruction of an electricity generator following failed maintenance.

Acting for the claimants in cases involving property damage caused by works to neighbouring property. Claims made under the Party Wall (etc.) Act 1996 and in nuisance.

Various cases involving allegations of defective workmanship, delay and tree-root litigation. Has represented house builders, a steelwork supplier, architects, property managing agents and other parties to construction contracts.

George has experience of acting in several public and private telecoms and IT procurement disputes.

Featured Technology & Telecoms cases

A number of disputes relating to allegations telecoms fraud arising out of alleged hijacking of telecoms networks in Africa, and consequential disputes over payment for traffic.

Regular instructions from BT in relation to domestic telephone fraud and allegations of AIT (Artificial Inflation of Traffic).

Acting for the defendant in Atheer v Orascom, concerning construction of a tax indemnity in a telecoms licence.

Acting for a telecoms provider in an expedited trial arising from the termination of a significant local authority services agreement.

Acting for the defendant software designer in an action brought by a law firm in relation to billing software.

Acting for the claimant telecoms business in a cross jurisdictional dispute over telecoms termination services.

Advising a telecoms contractor in relation to DC power and Local Loop Unbundling equipment.

Acting for claimant telecoms and IT service providers in disputes with present and former staff.

Settling Particulars of Claim and advising a government body in a claim against an IT supplier.

Advising a telecoms business in a multi-national telephone and IT services contract, and drafting Particulars of Claim.

Advising a manufacturing business on interim remedies following the removal of all IT and telecom services by a supplier.

Appearing in the Court of Appeal in relation to a dispute over negligent mis-statement on a website, Patchett v Spata.

George has extensive experience acting for claimants and defendants in solicitors’ negligence actions. Cases have included conveyancing disputes, a planning dispute and contractual advisory work.

A recent case involved a claim for loss of a chance in a high profile employment dispute and a missed litigation deadline.

George has broad experience across the shipping and transport sectors including a specific interest in aviation work. George has a pilot’s licence, flies regularly and has a keen interest in aeronautical matters.

Featured Shipping & Transport cases

Advising on the application of lease provisions governing ownership and repair obligations of a helicopter in Colombia, and an airliner in Holland.

A dispute between an airport developer and its technical consultant after severe difficulties were encountered with operation of the completed airport.

Acting for the claimant in relation to the purchase of a business jet in Air Transworld v Bombardier [2012] EWHC 243 (Comm). The Court considered sale of goods legislation and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

Acting for an executive aircraft management and leasing firm in a dispute with crew.

Featured Insurance cases

Application of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.

Disputes arising from the application of the Insurance Act 2015 in relation to disclosure.

A claim brought by an art gallery following rejection of its pandemic business interruption cover.

All manner of disputes arising out of property insurance.

Insurance of goods stolen or damaged in transit.

Solicitors’ legal indemnity insurance.

Regular instructions from insurers in resisting claims on coverage issues.

Regular instructions from insurers in fire and flood cases.

Acting for insurers in claims where there is a suspicion of fraud.

George is a director of two Scottish hydro electric power generating companies. He has been intimately involved in the development, planning, fundraising, construction and now operation of two run-of-river power stations. He is in the process of developing two further sites.

George’s commercial experience of these projects is useful in helping him to provide realistic commercial advice and an understanding of business needs.

He has an ongoing involvement in negotiating Power Purchase Agreement terms and all other contracts with the distribution network, metering providers, generator and turbine maintenance contractors and insurers.

Professionally, he has advised in recent cases involving the development of a combined cycle gas turbine power station, a straw fired power station and a dispute arising from the failure of a waste gas powered generator.

He also acted in a significant dispute relating to the design and build of a new materials recycling facility.

Featured General Commercial cases

Representing the provider of white label spread betting services to a finance company in a dispute over those services.

Acting for Lucasfilm in a dispute over rights to ‘Star Wars’.

Defending a TV developer from a claim relating to rights to the ‘Horrid Henry’ books.

Acting for a well known 1980s pop band in a dispute over licensing rights.

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Construction Newsletter – Issue 32

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Construction Newsletter – Contracting Away Concurrent Delay

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  • Dip Law (City) Commendation
  • Russian (basic knowledge)

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