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Chambers of Mark Cannon QC

Living Wage
LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3RJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 2001
DX:
1041 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
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George Spalton

Tel:
Work 020 7822 2000
Email:
4 New Square (Chambers of Mark Cannon QC)

Position

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.

Career

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

Languages

Basic French and Russian.

Member

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


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareBeyond well prepared and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his files.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareTerrific on his feet and very calm under pressure.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

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.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareA real team player with a very reassuring client manner.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe adds value by offering strategic and tactical advice that takes in to account client objectives.

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is excellent on his feet.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareHe is a brilliant advocate.

Within: Professional negligence

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.

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Sport

Within: Leading Juniors

George Spalton - 4 New SquareAdept at managing difficult situations and can be relied upon to keep demanding clients happy.

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