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Georgina Churchhouse

Georgina Churchhouse

Call: 2017

Barrister

"Georgina is excellent at cross-examining. Her assistance is invaluable."

Chambers and Partners 2024

“She is first class in remaining calm, assured and unflustered.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“I really appreciate Georgina’s flexibility, precision, subject matter expertise and obvious commitment.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“A steadfast and focused junior.”

Legal 500 2024

"She is consistently excellent at advocacy. She is a very good and robust cross-examiner who is able to manage judges and also difficult parties on the other side."

Chambers & Partners Bar 2023

"Georgina's advice is always concise and her advice on case strategy in particular has been invaluable."

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Particularly strong at cross-examination and fearless in pursuing her arguments. Her client-management skills are excellent.”

Legal 500 2023

“She is super-bright, she has excellent judgement and she wins cases with incredibly sharp analysis and by managing to spot the points that others miss.”

Chambers & Partners Bar 2022

“She is well read, she is extremely user-friendly and she is thorough in her preparation and in her advice – she is everything that you need in a junior barrister.”

Chambers & Partners Bar 2022

Georgina Churchhouse

"Georgina is excellent at cross-examining. Her assistance is invaluable."

Chambers and Partners 2024

“She is first class in remaining calm, assured and unflustered.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“I really appreciate Georgina’s flexibility, precision, subject matter expertise and obvious commitment.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“A steadfast and focused junior.”

Legal 500 2024

"She is consistently excellent at advocacy. She is a very good and robust cross-examiner who is able to manage judges and also difficult parties on the other side."

Chambers & Partners Bar 2023

"Georgina's advice is always concise and her advice on case strategy in particular has been invaluable."

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Particularly strong at cross-examination and fearless in pursuing her arguments. Her client-management skills are excellent.”

Legal 500 2023

“She is super-bright, she has excellent judgement and she wins cases with incredibly sharp analysis and by managing to spot the points that others miss.”

Chambers & Partners Bar 2022

“She is well read, she is extremely user-friendly and she is thorough in her preparation and in her advice – she is everything that you need in a junior barrister.”

Chambers & Partners Bar 2022

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Georgina Churchhouse practises across the full range of statutory employment, discrimination, commercial employment and High Court business protection, bonus and industrial relations disputes, as both sole and junior counsel. Within these areas of specialism, she also works on cross over partnership, sports and financial services regulation disputes.

She is ranked as a Band 6 employment junior in Chambers and Partners and a Rising Star in the Legal 500. Over the years the market has described her in the following terms:

  • “Georgina is excellent at cross-examining. Her assistance is invaluable.”
  • “She is first class in remaining calm, assured and unflustered.”
  • “I really appreciate Georgina’s flexibility, precision, subject matter expertise and obvious commitment.”
  • “A steadfast and focused junior.”
  • “She is consistently excellent at advocacy. She is a very good and robust cross-examiner who is able to manage judges and also difficult parties on the other side.”
  • “Georgina’s advice is always concise and her advice on case strategy in particular has been invaluable.”
  • “Particularly strong at cross-examination and fearless in pursuing her arguments. Her client-management skills are excellent.
  • “She is super-bright, she has excellent judgement and she wins cases with incredibly sharp analysis and by managing to spot the points that others miss.” 
  • “She is well read, she is extremely user-friendly and she is thorough in her preparation and in her advice – she is everything that you need in a junior barrister.”

Georgina enjoys a busy trial, appellate and advisory practice and is deployed in complex, novel and high value litigation at first instance and on appeal either as sole counsel or working collaboratively in a team of counsel. She enjoys repeat instructions from loyal clients at tier 1 Senior Executive and Respondent employment firms, working with clients in the financial services, professional services, media, tech, insurance, NHS, higher education, and charity sectors.

She offers her clients significant trial and appellate experience relative to her call date and has appeared unled in complex multi week trials in the ET against significantly more senior counsel in cases pleaded in excess of 7 figures, alongside acting led and unled in the High Court in business protection and bonus dispute matters. She also has a growing appellate practice and has appeared on four occasions unled in the EAT and twice led in the Court of Appeal, in novel and precedent setting litigation which has shaped employment law. Owing to her prior experience as a Lecturer and Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal, she is also adept at drafting pleadings and advices involving complex points of law.

Having spent time in a solicitor’s office, Georgina understands the need for prompt, commercial and client friendly advice and enjoys fostering a close working relationship with instructing solicitors in order to achieve the best results for every client. She prides herself on being forensic in her preparation, but personable and approachable with her clients.

Current and Recent Highlights of Georgina’s Appellate and First Instance work include:

  • Instructed as sole counsel in a 4-day speedy trial in an alleged breach of non compete, non dealing and non solicitation restrictive covenants case (ongoing) (unled) [Commercial Employment Law & Business Protection]. 
  • Successfully appearing led in the Court of Appeal in Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 2007 examining the application of the public interest test in Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed (led by Jeremy Lewis KC) [Whistleblowing]. 
  • Successfully obtaining permission to appeal to the EAT in a case concerning the meaning of “related to” under s18 of the Equality Act, to be heard in 2023 where Georgina will appear unled [Harassment].
  • Successfully appearing unled in the EAT in Jackson v The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust [2023] EAT 102 [Hogg v Dover College dismissals].
  • Appearing unled in the EAT in Santos Gomes v Higher Level Care Ltd [2016] I.R.L.R. 678 and later led in the Court of Appeal [2018] EWCA Civ 418 [Working time]. This is the leading case on compensation for breaches of the Working Time Directive.
  • Successfully appearing unled in the EAT in Wilkinson v DVSA [2022] EAT 23 and successfully overturning the ET’s findings in relation to reductions to the compensatory award for contributory conduct [Unfair Dismissal].
  • Instructed as junior counsel in High Court in Vanilla Electronics Limited v Vital Electronics and others an alleged Team Move and breach of restrictive covenants case (led by Jeremy Lewis KC) [Commercial Employment Law & Business Protection] (settled prior to trial).
  • Instructed to advise on the merits of seeking injunctive relief in an alleged breach of a non-compete covenant (led by Jeremy Lewis KC) [Commercial Employment Law & Business Protection].
  • Drafting a 7-figure claim in the High Court for breach of contract, breach of equitable duties, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and negligent misstatement at common law, following breach of confidentiality provisions both prior and subsequent to an employee’s move to a competitor recruitment company (unled, settled prior to trial) [Commercial Employment Law & Business Protection].
  • Drafting and acting in an 8-figure pregnancy and maternity and disability discrimination claim (led by Daniel Tatton-Brown KC) [Equality Act claims – Disability and Pregnancy and Maternity and MAPLE]
  • Drafting and acting in an 8-figure sex and age discrimination and victimisation claim for a Senior Executive working in the financial services sector (led by Adam Solomon KC and Daniel Tatton-Brown KC) [Equality Act claims – Sex and Age].
  • Successfully appearing unled in the Employment Tribunal in a 4-week disability, race and religious discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, harassment and victimisation trial, acting for the Respondent, a National Charity [Equality Act claims – Disability, Religion and Race].
  • Successfully appearing unled in the Employment Tribunal in a 7-day direct race discrimination and harassment trial, acting for the Respondent brokerage house operating in the financial services sector. The Claimant made a drop hands settlement following Georgina’s cross examination. The Tribunal went on to make specific findings that the Claimant had been not been truthful and awarded the Respondent’s costs. [Equality Act claims – Race].
  • Drafting a complex equal pay, pregnancy and maternity and sex discrimination claim, for a senior executive working for a well-known Investment Bank (unled, settled prior to trial) [Equality Act claims and MAPLE – Sex, Pregnancy and Maternity and Equal Pay].
  • Drafting a complex Pregnancy and Maternity discrimination claim, for a senior executive working in the Private Equity sector (unled) [Equality Act claims Pregnancy and Maternity and MAPLE].
  • Instructed by a Senior Executive working in the financial services sector in a complex disability discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments claim involving amongst other matters, consideration on the effect on their bonus and equity stake (unled) [Disability, Bonus].
  • Advising a Government Department on the entitlement of transgender men to pregnancy and maternity benefits (unled)[Human Rights Act 1998, EU retained law, Pregnancy and Maternity Benefits, SSCBA 1992].
  • Whilst a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal working on Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed (Whistleblowing), Interim Executive Board of Al Harij School v Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Direct ‘mirrored’ discrimination)and Brogden v Investec Bank Plc (Bonus disputes).

Outside of Chambers Georgina enjoys surfing, tennis, skiing, cycling, guitar, photography and mixology. She also has a love of live music, festivals and travel.

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Commercial Employment Law & Business Protection

Sports

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Financial Services Discipline and Regulation

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