George Spalton > Chambers of Mark Cannon QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

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George’s practice falls into five principal areas: Commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, financial services, professional liability claims and disciplinary work. His experience of commercial work encompasses a wide variety of disputes – ranging from construction claims, insurance and reinsurance matters, banking claims to civil fraud. He has significant experience of international work and has acted in several arbitrations in the Middle East in recent years as well as acting in a number of arbitrations in Europe, South-East Asia, and elsewhere. George’s expertise in the context of professional liability work focusses on accountants and auditors’ negligence and solicitors’ negligence – especially in the context of financial services and commercial transactions.


MA Oxon; LL.M Columbia University (New York); Called 2004; Lincoln’s Inn.


Basic French and Russian.


COMBAR, executive committee (and previously chairman of the junior committee); PNBA; TECBAR; ChBA; LCIA and IBA; ARDL.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

George Spalton4 New SquareTerrific on his feet and very calm under pressure.

4 New Square has ‘good strength-in-depth‘ for insurance and reinsurance disputes, is ‘outstanding on professional negligence disputes‘, and has a ‘good number of excellent general insurance counsel‘ boasting an ‘excellent blend of technical ability, approachability and commerciality of service delivery‘. Coverage dispute Europools v RSA, which involved Ben Elkington QC, Jonathan Hough QC and George Spalton, was a notable matter for the set. Elsewhere, Graham Eklund QC appeared in Spire Healthcare v RSA which upheld a judgment in favour of insurers on whether numerous claims arising from the misconduct of a consultant breast surgeon fell to be aggregated under a policy of liability insurance. Neil Hext QC successfully acted for the defendant insurance broker in the Court of Appeal in Channon v Ward.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

George Spalton4 New SquareHe is a brilliant advocate.

4 New Square is ‘top of the tree for professional negligence work‘ thanks to its ‘wide range of experience and expertise meaning it is able to provide suitably experienced counsel for a range of claims and subject matters.’ Key highlights for the ‘user-friendly‘ set includes Justin Fenwick QC acting for the appellant in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, which examined the application of SAAMCO in auditors’ negligence cases, while Ben Patten QC and David Halpern QC represented parties on both sides in Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya, the leading case on liability for identity fraud in conveyancing. Elsewhere, Jonathan Hough QC, Miles Harris and Jamie Smith QC appeared in Accident Exchange v McLean, which examined the scope of legal professional privilege. Fenwick QC and George Spalton acted for PwC in Premier MotorAuctions v PwC & Lloyds, a £50m claim involving allegations of negligence and conspiracy, while Neil Hext QC and Alison Padfield QC acted on either side of a claim against insurance brokers arising from a fire at a popular East London bar.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

George Spalton4 New SquareBeyond well prepared and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his files.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

George Spalton4 New SquareA real team player with a very reassuring client manner.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

George Spalton4 New SquareHe adds value by offering strategic and tactical advice that takes in to account client objectives.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

George Spalton4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet.

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

George Spalton4 New SquareAdept at managing difficult situations and can be relied upon to keep demanding clients happy.