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George Hayman QC

Call: 1998 | Silk: 2018

Overview

George specialises in commercial litigation.  His practice covers business agreements and heavy fraud and contract disputes of all kinds, often involving a major international element.  He is adept at navigating the full spectrum of interim orders such as asset freezing, other interim injunctions, disclosure orders and security for costs. He is recommended in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers UK. 

He has extensive advocacy experience in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal.  George is also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), and the Trinidad & Tobago Bar and frequently appears in litigation in that region.

“He is fearless, good on his feet and willing to fight his client's corner." "He is succinct on paper.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“He is always charming and has a presence about him, which makes him very easy to put in front of clients." "George's particular strength is his commercial approach and style.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He understands very well how clients are feeling and handles them beautifully." "He advises not just on the legal aspects but provides commercial advice on how best to navigate complex situations.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“Unflappable – a class act.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

Expertise

Overview

George has recently acted in some of the most high-profile fraud disputes in the Commercial Court and overseas, including the Libyan Investment Authority Litigation, the Ablyazov Litigation, and the Namalco Litigation.

Notable Cases

  • MAD InternationalAxel Manes [2020-2021]: acting for the Michelin Star Chef, Axel Manes, in a joint venture dispute arising out the global rights to the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Brand.  Trial listed for 2021.
     
  • TugushevOrlov [2019-2021]: a dispute over the ownership of ‘Norebo’, one of the largest fishing enterprises in the world, concerning allegations of conspiracy and fraud.  Listed for trial in 2022, it has so far generated notable judgments on jurisdiction ([2019] EWHC 645 (Comm)) and the discharge of worldwide freezing orders ([2019] EWHC 2031 (Comm).
     
  • Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) v Societe Generale and Others [2016-2017]: acting for the Fifth Defendant in claims brought by the LIA to set aside $1.5 billion of structured investments with SocGen on the basis that they formed part of a corrupt scheme involving the alleged bribery of Libyan officials.
     
  • Tatneft v Bogolyubov and Others [2016]: $380m fraud claim by a Russian state oil company against four Ukrainian oligarchs.  Obtaining freezing and asset disclosure orders.
     
  • Latvijas Krajbanka v Vladimir Antonov [2016]: representing the claimant Bank in this £70 million fraud claim.  Acting on all interim proceedings: worldwide freezing order, search order, a series of Norwich Pharmacal orders, and cross-examination order.
     
  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011-2015]: representing the principal defendants in this major international commercial dispute in relation to the affairs of a Kazakhstan bank. Particular involvement in committal proceedings, injunctive relief, summary judgment applications and appeals in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI).
     

Overview

George’s practice covers business agreements and contract disputes of all kinds, often involving a major international element.  He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and all aspects of interim disputes.

Notable Cases

  • Manchester Shipping v Sochin [2018-2019]: representing the Defendants in their defence of charterparty claims in respect of four vessels operating in Russian waters.
     
  • State Bank of India v Vijay Mallya [2018]: acting for the Defendant in seeking to resist recognition and enforcement in England of an Indian judgment for $1.1 billion, and seeking the discharge of a worldwide freezing order.
     
  • Archer Daniels Midland v Akhras [2015]: Representing a Syrian national on his successful application to discharge a committal order and commute a one-year sentence of imprisonment in relation to findings of breaches of a worldwide freezing injunction.
     
  • Loughridge v Financial Times: acting for the Claimant in a £25m contractual claim by an internet television company against the Financial Times in relation to the online presentation of television and conference content.
     
  • Forstater v Dweck: acting in a liability trial, assessment of damages, two appeals, and non-party costs order application arising out of a breach of a commission agreement.
     
  • BERR v Sullman: acting for the Secretary of State in an application for the disqualification of directors of Claims Direct, the personal injury claims management business.

Overview

Much of George’s work has an international element.  He also appears in overseas courts and arbitrations.  As a member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), and the Trinidad & Tobago Bar, George frequently appears in litigation in that region

Notable Cases

  • Wilton Trustees v AFS Trustee [2021]: acting for six defendants in large scale multi-party claims in the Eastern Caribbean Court (BVI), involving allegations of breach of trust, conspiracy, and fraudulent misrepresentation.
     
  • NAMALCO ConstructionEMBD [2019-2021]: acting for the State-owned Defendant in a 6-week trial of a $1.4 billion construction claim in the Caribbean Court of Justice (Trinidad & Tobago) concerning five large scale infrastructure projects.
     
  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2015-2016]: representing the principal defendants since 2011 in this major international commercial dispute in relation to the affairs of a Kazakhstan bank. Particular involvement in enforcement proceedings in the BVI Commercial Court and in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI)

Directory quotes

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“He is fearless, good on his feet and willing to fight his client's corner." "He is succinct on paper.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“He understands very well how clients are feeling and handles them beautifully." "He advises not just on the legal aspects but also provides commercial advice on how best to navigate complex and difficult situations.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“Very user-friendly. He works hard and has a good eye for detail." "Bright, diligent and easy to work with.” (2019)

 

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“Incredibly bright and a great team player." "A real star of the Bar for fraud work. He bravely stands his ground in difficult circumstances.” (2018)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“You can trust his judgement. When George says 'I know you'll be angry but don't do this' I listen.” (2017)

Chambers UK
Fraud: Civil

“He's courageous when fighting the client's corner." "He is fantastically enthusiastic even when he has to handle massive cases at short notice.” (2016)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He is always charming and has a presence about him, which makes him very easy to put in front of clients." "George's particular strength is his commercial approach and style.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“A measured and responsive advocate who never irritates the court.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Has a nice manner with the court" and "a good eye for detail.” (2019)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He identifies what the court is looking for and is personable without being obsequious. "He takes a view of what a particular judge is looking for. He's not a one-size-fits-all type of an advocate.” (2018)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He's been absolutely brilliant - we always get very solid and dependable advice.”

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He is fantastic and very commercial, and he really looks for ways to achieve the desired result for the client.” (2017)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Puts in a hell of a lot of work and is extremely good on the detail." "He's very helpful and is effective with the client as he can deliver very firm messages.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“Unflappable – a class act.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“A quality act whose recent appointment to silk is well deserved.” (2019)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“A real team player and brave advocate, who really knows his way around fraud cases.” (2017)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“An excellent man to have on the team when working at the coalface of injunctions.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Media, Entertainment & Sports Law

“Adept at handling copyright disputes and infringement claims.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Media, Entertainment & Sports Law

“Notable experience in music, entertainment and sport cases.” (2015)

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • COMBAR

Qualifications

  • MA (Cantab)

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George Hayman QC

Call: 1998 | Silk: 2018

ghayman@maitlandchambers.com

“He is fearless, good on his feet and willing to fight his client's corner." "He is succinct on paper.” (2021)

Chambers UK

Fraud: Civil

Overview

George specialises in commercial litigation.  His practice covers business agreements and heavy fraud and contract disputes of all kinds, often involving a major international element.  He is adept at navigating the full spectrum of interim orders such as asset freezing, other interim injunctions, disclosure orders and security for costs. He is recommended in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers UK. 

He has extensive advocacy experience in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal.  George is also called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), and the Trinidad & Tobago Bar and frequently appears in litigation in that region.

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • COMBAR

Qualifications

  • MA (Cantab)

Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery

George has recently acted in some of the most high-profile fraud disputes in the Commercial Court and overseas, including the Libyan Investment Authority Litigation, the Ablyazov Litigation, and the Namalco Litigation.

  • MAD InternationalAxel Manes [2020-2021]: acting for the Michelin Star Chef, Axel Manes, in a joint venture dispute arising out the global rights to the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Brand.  Trial listed for 2021.
     
  • TugushevOrlov [2019-2021]: a dispute over the ownership of ‘Norebo’, one of the largest fishing enterprises in the world, concerning allegations of conspiracy and fraud.  Listed for trial in 2022, it has so far generated notable judgments on jurisdiction ([2019] EWHC 645 (Comm)) and the discharge of worldwide freezing orders ([2019] EWHC 2031 (Comm).
     
  • Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) v Societe Generale and Others [2016-2017]: acting for the Fifth Defendant in claims brought by the LIA to set aside $1.5 billion of structured investments with SocGen on the basis that they formed part of a corrupt scheme involving the alleged bribery of Libyan officials.
     
  • Tatneft v Bogolyubov and Others [2016]: $380m fraud claim by a Russian state oil company against four Ukrainian oligarchs.  Obtaining freezing and asset disclosure orders.
     
  • Latvijas Krajbanka v Vladimir Antonov [2016]: representing the claimant Bank in this £70 million fraud claim.  Acting on all interim proceedings: worldwide freezing order, search order, a series of Norwich Pharmacal orders, and cross-examination order.
     
  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011-2015]: representing the principal defendants in this major international commercial dispute in relation to the affairs of a Kazakhstan bank. Particular involvement in committal proceedings, injunctive relief, summary judgment applications and appeals in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI).
     

Commercial Disputes

George’s practice covers business agreements and contract disputes of all kinds, often involving a major international element.  He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and all aspects of interim disputes.

  • Manchester Shipping v Sochin [2018-2019]: representing the Defendants in their defence of charterparty claims in respect of four vessels operating in Russian waters.
     
  • State Bank of India v Vijay Mallya [2018]: acting for the Defendant in seeking to resist recognition and enforcement in England of an Indian judgment for $1.1 billion, and seeking the discharge of a worldwide freezing order.
     
  • Archer Daniels Midland v Akhras [2015]: Representing a Syrian national on his successful application to discharge a committal order and commute a one-year sentence of imprisonment in relation to findings of breaches of a worldwide freezing injunction.
     
  • Loughridge v Financial Times: acting for the Claimant in a £25m contractual claim by an internet television company against the Financial Times in relation to the online presentation of television and conference content.
     
  • Forstater v Dweck: acting in a liability trial, assessment of damages, two appeals, and non-party costs order application arising out of a breach of a commission agreement.
     
  • BERR v Sullman: acting for the Secretary of State in an application for the disqualification of directors of Claims Direct, the personal injury claims management business.

International & Offshore

Much of George’s work has an international element.  He also appears in overseas courts and arbitrations.  As a member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI), and the Trinidad & Tobago Bar, George frequently appears in litigation in that region

  • Wilton Trustees v AFS Trustee [2021]: acting for six defendants in large scale multi-party claims in the Eastern Caribbean Court (BVI), involving allegations of breach of trust, conspiracy, and fraudulent misrepresentation.
     
  • NAMALCO ConstructionEMBD [2019-2021]: acting for the State-owned Defendant in a 6-week trial of a $1.4 billion construction claim in the Caribbean Court of Justice (Trinidad & Tobago) concerning five large scale infrastructure projects.
     
  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2015-2016]: representing the principal defendants since 2011 in this major international commercial dispute in relation to the affairs of a Kazakhstan bank. Particular involvement in enforcement proceedings in the BVI Commercial Court and in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI)