George grew up in Glasgow and attended Jordanhill School. He is a graduate of Glasgow University and Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana and joined Birmingham Law School in 1973. He was a law clerk with a firm of lawyers 1970-71 in New Orleans, and took a six month gap touring South America before taking up a one year teaching appointment at the University of Kent at Canterbury 1972-73. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of San Diego, and given visiting lectures at the University of Otago, and was part of regular conference participation with Laval University in Quebec.
He has taught Contract law since 1973 and is author of a textbook (Contract Law, Sweet and Maxwell, 2001) on the general principles of contract law. His interest in this area of law includes Sale of Goods law, particularly as it relates to consumers. He has a wide experience of teaching Health and Safety Law in both its regulatory criminal aspects stretching back to the earliest days of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, and also to the civil aspects of employer’s liability. His career has extended to teaching the American equivalent of this subject in the United States. From 1987-93 he was member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
George took part in the landmark worldwide survey of civil justice ‘Access to Justice’ organised by Professor Mauro Cappelletti of the University of Florence in the 1970s, in which he wrote a chapter on small claims courts. From 1982-2000, George was assistant Editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly. His main interest in this field centres on Alternative Dispute Resolution, particularly mediation and its relationship with civil litigation.
In the 1980s along with Professor Evelyn Ellis he undertook a study of the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality (as they then were) which received widespread academic and media attention. This led to an invitation to review the working of discrimination legislation in Northern Ireland for the Standing Advisory commission on Human Rights. The final report of this body was a precursor to the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1989.