Tom George, FCIArb Principal Associate


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2012 - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Qualified: 2010 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham




Tom George, FCIArb

Tom is a construction disputes specialist. His practice focusses on high value and technically complex construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes often across multiple jurisdictions. In recent months, he has been engaged on high value arbitrations arising from the construction of a windfarm project in UK waters. Prior to joining the firm Tom worked in the Middle East for nearly seven years where he worked on a number of landmark projects resulting in multi-million dollar contested proceedings.

Tom's specific enthusiasm for construction law comes from his curiosity of the unique technical challenges that are individual to each project, and he enjoys immersing himself into the detail of each project.

Tom is a qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has conducted proceedings under the auspices of many of the leading arbitral institutions, including as party-advocate. He also advises clients in litigation (in particular at the TCC), adjudication, mediation and in other forms of ADR (such as expert determination).

Outside of the office, Tom is a keen sportsman; golf, cycling, cricket and rugby in particular.

Experience

  • Acting for an offshore wind farm company in relation to a number of multi-million pound claims arising throughout the construction phase of a substantial windfarm project in UK waters. Tom was involved in dealing with the substantive claims (including termination of a subcontractor) as well as advising on complex insurance coverage issues under the project all risks policy.
  • Acting for a department of the Government of Dubai in an ad hoc arbitration (custom rules) seated on onshore Dubai relating to the construction of a large infrastructure project (consisting of a roads & bridges intersection, tunnels and a raised metro line) on the Sheikh Zayed Road. The value of the dispute was US $550m.
  • Defending one of Dubai's largest regional developers in a Dubai seated ad hoc arbitration (UNCITRAL rules) relating to complex construction claims (including the termination and replacement of the main contractor) arising out of the construction of a large mixed use premises (shopping mall, hotel tower, apartment tower) above an underground metro-line. The claim value was US $600m.
  • Successfully resolving claims (by mediation) on behalf of a contractor in relation to its claims against a Government employer arising out of the construction of an underground jet re-fuelling system on a prestigious airport project in the Middle East (together with commencing multiple related ICC arbitrations seated in Qatar). The combined dispute value was US $220m.
  • Acting for a main contractor (the Qatari branch of a Fortune 500 listed company) in two ICC arbitrations seated in Doha. The two disputes were connected in that they arose out of the same contract package of works for the construction of new state of the art security intrusion detection systems on an airport in the Middle East. The matter involved considering the competing interests of defending claims from the downstream case (brought by a Lebanese subcontractor) as against the client's interest in advancing those same claims upstream (against a Government employer). The value of the dispute was in excess of US $250m.
  • Advising a Korean contractor in relation to the potential termination of its contract for the construction of a large Ferris wheel on a landmark dredged island in Dubai.
  • Advising a European contractor (and its insurers) in relation to the defence of an Oman seated ICC arbitration resulting from a large fire at a gas refinery in Oman. Claim value US $100m.
  • Advising a European contractor in relation to the procurement risks associated with entering a power plant project in Bangladesh, including the risks of transporting large items of plant and materials by river.
  • Acting for one of the UK's largest civil engineering companies in relation to the defence of subcontract claims arising out of the construction of a district cooling plant in New Cairo, Egypt. Dispute value US $20m. Arbitration seated in Egypt administered by the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.
  • Successfully pursuing claims on behalf of a Chinese importation company in relation to the carriage of defective goods from China to the UK via Belgium. LCIA arbitration successfully resolved via mediation.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Career
      July2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      May2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      May2015
      DLA Piper (Middle East) LLP, senior associate
  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2012
      Qualified, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2010

    • Career
      September2010
      DLA Piper (Middle East) LLP, associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2010
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2008

    • Career
      September2008
      Taylor Vinters Solicitors LLP, trainee
    • Education
      July2008
      University of East Anglia, Legal Practice Course (Commendation)
  • 2006

    • Education
      July2006
      University of Reading, LLB in Law (2:1)
  • 2003

    • Education
      2003
      Colchester Royal Grammar School, A-Levels

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