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26 July 1999
Bristol firm Burges Salmon's head of employment George Dyson has died atthe age of53.His death last week follows a fight of several months against skin cancer.BurgesSalmon partner Christopher Seaton, who managed the employment teamduring Dyson'sillness, now formally takes on the role of head ofemployment.Dyson was regarded as thetop employment lawyer in Bristol and describedby those who knew him as a "formidablelawyer"."He was a robust litigator with a keen sense of fairness," remembersseniorpartner David Marsh."He had an endearing and unusual sense of humour. He will be missedby hispartners, particularly for the objective and cerebral approach he broughttopartnership and management issues in Burges Salmon."Bevan Ashford employment partnerDavid Widdowson, who knew Dyson well,says: "George was a charming man and an ablelawyer. The world ofemployment law will be poorer for his passing."Osborne Clarke'ssenior partner Chris Curling remembers him as aformidable lawyer. "One knew that one wasdealing with someone who wastough, but who was always prepared to find a practicalsolution to aproblem."Dyson studied law at Balliol College, Oxford. He was articled toCowardChance, which later became Clifford Chance, and joined Burges Salmon in1973 as alitigation assistant.He became a partner in 1977 working in general commerciallitigationbefore specialising in employment law.Dyson built up the Burges Salmonemployment team, making it the top-rankedin Bristol. He recently took on a part-timeposition as an industrialtribunal chairman.
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