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George Woods has a wide-ranging common law and commercial practice.

He conducts his own cases in the High Court and acts as a junior in higher value and more complex disputes.

He has particular experience in the fields of:

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

George is qualified to undertake Public Access work.

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.

Advising an architect in Guernsey proceedings relating to the design and development of a hotel.

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

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

Representing the Claimants 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.

Advising the owner of a warehouse following settlement and subsidence.

Representing the designer and installer of building management services in a claim arising out of a severe flood.

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

Acting as a junior for the prime contractor in a multi-million pound delay and disruption dispute which arose from the construction of a large and technically complex building.

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.

Acting for a supermarket in a dispute over completion of premises in a new development.

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 extensive experience acting for claimants and defendants in solicitors’ negligence actions. Cases have included conveyancing disputes, a planning dispute and contractual advisory work. He also regularly acts in disputes involving allegations of professional negligence in the construction industry. Recent cases have involved surveyors, architects, accountants and structural engineers.

George represented the successful Defendant at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in Patchett v Spata, a case relating to the duty of care owed by a website to visitors.

Recent work includes jurisdiction challenges in disputes over manufacture and delivery of goods from France and Denmark.

George was junior counsel 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.

He recently acted for an executive aircraft management and leasing firm in a dispute with crew.

He has a pilot’s licence, flies regularly and has a keen interest in aeronautical matters.

George has experience of drafting pleadings and advising in several public and private IT procurement disputes. He has also acted as a junior in a multi-million pound IT arbitration.

Featured Technology & Telecoms cases

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.

Experience includes:

  • 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 straw fired power station and a dispute arising from the failure of a waste-gas–powered generator. He is also instructed in a significant dispute relating to the design and build of a new materials recycling facility.

George has varied experience of insolvency cases, acting both for liquidators of various companies and for individuals subject to bankruptcy proceedings.

Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale – The Supreme Court Judgment

Analysis written by George Woods. The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v...

M Davenport Builders Limited v Greer – For how long can the cracks be papered over?

The latest edition of our Construction Newsletter features the recent decision given by the Technology &...

Construction Newsletter – Issue 32

The latest edition of our Construction Newsletter features yesterday’s decision of the Court of Appeal in North...

Construction Newsletter – Contracting Away Concurrent Delay

Please find below the 30th edition of 4 Pump Court's Construction Newsletter. Foreword by George Woods: This edition...

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  • BA (Oxon) Modern History
  • Dip Law (City) Commendation
  • Russian (basic knowledge)

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