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GEH CUK Global 2018

George Hayman QC

Call 1998
Silk 2018


George is recommended in the Legal 500 for Civil Fraud disputes, and in Chambers UK for Civil Fraud and Commercial Chancery. His practice covers business agreements and heavy fraud and contract disputes of all kinds (often involving a major international element, freezing orders and other interim injunctions), asset tracing, property disputes, and insolvency. He has extensive advocacy experience in the Commercial Court, Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court, and has appeared on numerous occasions in the Court of Appeal.  He is called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) and appears in litigation there.  George has recently acted in some of the most high-profile fraud disputes in the Commercial Court.

For the last decade, George has consistently been recognised in the Legal 500 for his niche work acting for clients in the music, film and sports sectors.

Before coming to the Bar, George read law at Downing College, Cambridge and was a working scholar of the accountancy and consultancy firm Arthur Andersen LLP.  During Bar School he was awarded the Harmsworth Scholarship by Middle Temple

Areas of Practice

Civil Fraud

NAMALCO Construction v. EMBD [2018-2019]: acting for the State owned Defendant in a $1.4 billion construction claim in the Caribbean Court of Justice (Trinidad & Tobago) concerning five large scale infrastructure projects

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.

Libyan Investment Authority 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.

Latvijas Krajbanka v. Vladimir Antonov [2016]: representing the claimant Bank in this £70 million fraud claim.  Involved in all interim proceedings to date: worldwide freezing order, search order, a series of Norwich Pharmacal orders, and cross-examination 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.

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011-2015]: representing the principal defendants since 2011 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).

Cadogan Petroleum v Tolley: acting for the lead defendant in Cadogan’s claim arising out of alleged bribery in relation to the procurement of valuable gas plant supply contracts.

Bleasdale v Forster: representing the claimant in a fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising out of the sale of a medical equipment business.

Commercial disputes

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.

Lyreco v Office Depot and Ors: acting in numerous interim injunction applications, in particular restraining the misuse of confidential information and trade secrets in the highly competitive office stationery sector.

Safeguard v Manttan and Ors: a six week trial in the Technology and Construction Court of a breach of warranty claim arising out of the sale of a business providing security glazing.


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.

Re a Company: acting against a football league club in an application for an injunction to restrain presentation of a winding up petition.

Media and Entertainment Law

West v Fuller, Smith & Turner Ltd: trial and appeal of a trade mark infringement and validity action in respect of the famous “ESB” beer brand.

R v Johnstone: representing the Crown in the Supreme Court in relation to the operation of criminal trade mark infringement sanctions.

Phonographic Performance Limited v Planet Ice: acting for PPL in obtaining injunctions restraining the playing of sound recordings in public.

Performing Right Society v Forrester: representing PRS in committal applications arising out breaches of an injunction to restrain the playing of musical works in public

Brown v Really Useful Group: acting for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in a claim based in contract, infringement of copyright and design right.

MTV v Gizmondo: acting for MTV in its dispute over a $2 million sponsorship deal for the promotion of the Gizmondo hand-held device.

Sports Law

National Sporting Club v Professional Cricketers’ Association: acting for the PCA in a trial concerning the England Cricket Team’s attendance at spin off events during the Ashes tour.

Affinity v Federation of International Cricketing Associations: representing FICA in a dispute over a joint venture agreement for the worldwide promotion of the interests of test playing nations.

Whitgrove v Doyle: representing a syndicate of racehorse owners in a dispute over a joint venture agreement with their racehorse trainer.

Notable Cases

State Bank of India v. Mallya [2018] 1 WLR 3865

Tatneft v Bogolyubov [2017] 1 All ER (Comm) 833

AS Latvijas Krajbanka (in liquidation) v Antonov [2016] EWHC 1679 (Comm)

AS Latvijas Krajbanka (in liquidation) v Antonov [2016] EWHC 1262 (Comm)

Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale SA [2016] EWHC 2773

Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale SA [2016] EWHC 375

Loughridge v Financial Times Ltd (2013)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (July 2013)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (2013)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (6 November 2012)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors (1 November 2012)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (September 2012)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & 6 Ors (29 February 2012)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (16 February 2012)

Mukhtar Ablyazov v JSC BTA Bank (28 November 2011)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors (7 October 2011)

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov (June 2011)

Kathleen Bleasdale & John Cariss v Deborah Forster (2011)

Leslie Dweck v Mark Forstater & Ors (2010)

Secretary of State for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform v Sullman & Poole (2008)

National Sporting Club Ltd v PCA Management Ltd (2006)

Colin Dawson Windows Ltd v (1) King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council (2) Winifred Howard (2005)

Phonographic Performance Ltd v Planet Ice Ltd (2004)

David West (T/A Eastenders) v Fuller Smith & Turner Plc (2003)

R v Robert Alexander Johnstone & Ors (2003)


Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Intellectual Property Bar Association


MA (Cantab)


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

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

"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)

"He's probably one of the best barristers I've ever worked with in terms of being so easy to deal with and being part of our team. It really sets him apart." "Always helpful in the face of adversity. Very good on his feet, courageous and willing to stand up and fight his client's corner." (2015)

"An impressive track record of involvement in large-scale fraud cases." "His attention to detail and mastering of the facts are absolutely first rate." "He's incredibly hard-working and very astute." (2014)

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial
"A measured and responsive advocate who never irritates the court." (2020)
"Has a nice manner with the court" and "a good eye for detail." (2019)

"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)

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

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

"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)

"An accomplished litigator" "He is an incredibly hard-working chap, and a real team player, who turns papers around extremely quickly." "He is able to build a very good rapport with clients and will give them direct and firm advice." (2015)

"He is a real star of the future. His attention to detail and marshalling of the facts in a case are absolutely first-rate." (2014)

Legal 500 UK

Fraud: Civil
"Unflappable – a class act." (2020)
"A quality act whose recent appointment to silk is well deserved." (2019)
"A real team player and brave advocate, who really knows his way around fraud cases." (2017)
"An excellent man to have on the team when working at the coalface of injunctions." (2016)

"An outstanding senior junior – he knows his freezing orders inside out." (2015)

"He is full of ideas, and knows what will impress a judge." (2014)

“Always enthusiastic” (2013)

"Is a name to note" (2012)

Legal 500 UK

Media, Entertainment & Sports Law
"Adept at handling copyright disputes and infringement claims." (2016)

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

"He has a good understanding of the music and film sectors." (2014)

"Recommended" (2013)

"Very good at assimilating the key information in a short space of time." (2012)

"Proactive and bright." (2011)

"Increasingly well-reputed"; “will go far.” (2010)