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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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George McDonald is a go-to barrister for contract and procurement-related construction and engineering disputes.


George is a highly regarded specialist in commercial disputes, with a particular focus on construction litigation and arbitration, professional liability and international arbitration. Described as “immensely clever”, “absolutely exceptional”, “an expert on a wide range of construction matters” and “excellent on his feet and on paper”, George “achieves fantastic results”.

With his strong scientific background, George is particularly well placed to analyse and advise on the complex technical and legal issues that arise from ongoing and concluded construction and energy projects. He has extensive experience of a wide range of dispute resolution procedures, including adjudication, expert determination, arbitration and litigation under a variety of different rules and procedures.

George is familiar with all the principal standard forms of contracts used in construction projects. This includes government contracts, encompassing PFI and other partnering arrangements, as George has acted in many very substantial claims involving the government. He acts for many of the leading firms, contractors and employers in this sector.

George’s “excellent” client service skills receive particular praise, as he is “client-friendly”, “extremely easy to work with”, “always responsive”, “very pleasant and very likeable” and he “combines good judgement with pragmatic advice”.

George is also a leading and “highly sought after” costs specialist, who advises on all areas of costs and litigation funding. In particular, he regularly acts as costs counsel on massive group actions given the complex costs issues which arise and the value of the costs in dispute.

George is an active member of TECBAR, COMBAR, PNBA and SCL. More information about his practice can be found at www.4newsquare.com/barristers/george-mcdonald/.

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