George Newhouse is an Australian human rights lawyer, a former local councillor and political activist. He was Mayor of Waverley in the eastern suburbs of Sydney from 2006 to 2007, and the Australian Labor Party candidate for the seat of Wentworth at the 2007 Australian federal election. Newhouse is a practising solicitor and heads up Shine Lawyers' Social Justice Practice.
Newhouse attended Sydney Grammar School and then studied Law and Commerce at the University of New South Wales.
After leaving university, Newhouse joined JPMorgan in Sydney as a corporate finance executive and was later transferred to JPMorgan's New York office. From New York, he moved to London where he worked for two years as a capital markets lawyer for Clifford Chance. In 1990 he returned to Sydney and continued working as a lawyer with Swaab & Associates. He became an accredited mediator and was a member of the Consumer Trader Tenancy Tribunal from 1999 to 2007 and a mediator for the Workers Compensation Commission from 2001 to 2010.
Newhouse is the Corporate Counsel for Surry Partners Lawyers where he specialises in Defamation, Negligence, Property, Finance and Planning Law. Newhouse is also Special Counsel at Shine Lawyers where he heads up their Social Justice Practice. He is also the chapter editor of Thomson Reuters "The Laws of Australia: Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders – Civil Justice Issues".
In 2006, Newhouse was sued for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
In August 2008 Newhouse was invited to participate in the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd's Australia 2020 summit in the area of Indigenous Affairs.
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