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Sharif Shivji

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4 Stone Buildings (Chambers of George Bompas QC)


Formerly a derivatives trader in London and Hong-Kong, now a barrister specialising in commercial law with a focus on banking, financial services, company, insolvency, and civil fraud litigation. Sharif is also a leading junior offshore, especially in the DIFC where he has acted in many of the jurisdiction’s most significant cases (both in the Court of Appeal and at First Instance) and the BVI  (in particular before the East Caribbean Court of Appeal). He has in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and corporate finance (in particular, financial and commodity futures, options and complex derivatives). Notable cases include: Autonomy v Lynch (on-going, ChD, acting for the former CEO of Autonomy in a claim for US$5 billion), Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2018] DIFC CFI 011, CA-003-2018 (DIFC CFI and Court of Appeal, acting for the owner of Luna, a super yacht, in high profile divorce litigation), Akers v Stanford (BVI Court of Appeal, dispute over the distribution of monies in insolvent estate relating to the collapse of Kaupthing), Wentworth v Lehman [2017] EWHC 3158 (Chancery Division, acting for a Lehman creditor on a dispute over the admission of a US$700 million claim in the Lehman estate), Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund v Karver (BVI Court of Appeal, forum non conveniens dispute over equitable tracing claim), Standard and Poors v ApoBank and RBS (Commercial Court, litigation relating to the liability of rating agencies), Chesterfield and others v Deutsche Bank and others (Chancery Division, litigation relating to the sale of €500 million of credit products referenced to Kaupthing hf), Plaza v Law Debenture Trust [2015] EWCA 43 (ChD, liability of a bond trustee), Al-Khorafi v Bank Sarasin [2014] (DIFC CFI and Court of Appeal, mis-selling of US$200 million of structured products), Euroption Strategic Fund v SEB [2013] 1 BCLC 125 (Commercial Court, liability of a broker in executing a portfolio close out for a client), Relational v Hodges [2011] EWCA Civ 774 (Court of Appeal, security for costs), Carey v AIB Bank (UK) Plc [2011] EWHC 567 (ChD, transfer of loans to NAMA), Renaissance Capital v ENRC [2011] (QBD, corporate finance dispute), Agrimarche [2010] BCC 775 (ChD, liquidation of a commodity dealer), Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (2009) (ChD, trust claims in Lehman’s estate), Geniki Investments International Limited v Ellis Stockbrokers [2008] EWHC 549 (QBD, dispute over trading losses), Secretary of State v Jonkler [2006] 1 WLR 3433 (ChD, company law, disqualification undertakings), Viking Cereals (2006) (ChD, commodity trading), Daraydan v Solland International [2005] Ch 119 (ChD, civil fraud), Giles v Rhind [2003] Ch 618 (Court of Appeal, company law, reflective loss principle).


Economics graduate from the LSE, worked as a research assistant to a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee before becoming a derivatives trader (London and Hong Kong 1997 to 1999). Diploma in Law 2000, Bar Vocational Course 2001 (Lincoln’s Inn Major Scholarship), Called to the Bar in 2001. MA in law (equitable tracing) 2003. Pupillage 2001/2002 (Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Scholarship). Member of 4 Stone Buildings since 2002.

Member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel 2010 to 2015.

Trustee of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Former Chairman of the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme (PILARS).

Chambers and Partners’ Chancery Junior of the Year Nominee 2014.

Chambers and Partners’ Company and Insolvency Junior of the Year 2016.


COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association. Called to the Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and the British Virgin Islands.


Winchester College; London School of Economics (1997 BSc Economics); City University (2000 CPE/Diploma in Law; 2003 MA Law).



London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsHe really is first class, he combines charm and an ease of manner with a deft touch and strategic acumen.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

4 Stone Buildings houses a strong complement of highly experienced banking silks and juniors. The set can often be found on complex mandates, usually with an insolvency or regulatory bent. Notable cases included Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited, in which Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre QC represented the claimant, and Jonathan Crow QC the respondent. Richard Hill QCSharif Shivji and Alastair Tomson also represented the claimaint in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen before the DIFC.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsHe devours papers, cutting through complexities, to arrive quickly at the nub of the issue.

Within: Commercial litigation

4 Stone Buildings has 'excellent barristers across the board' with 'very sharp minds combined with a user-friendly and commercially minded clerking team'. For some, the set is often the 'first-choice chambers for all commercial Chancery work' and boasts several superstar silks. Recent highlights include Autonomy Corporation v Dr Michael Lynch, in which Robert Miles QC, Richard Hill QC and Sharif Shivji are representing Dr Michael Lynch, and Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited and others.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsGreat to work with, is focused, well prepared and excellent to have on your side.

Within: Company and partnership

A 'go-to set', 4 Stone Buildings covers all aspects of company law, including formations and dissolutions, M&A, corporate finance, regulatory issues, directors' duties, and shareholder rights. Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch (Hewlett Packard's litigation against the former CEO of Autonomy, over its $18bn acquisition of the company), continues to occupy a number of members, most notably Robert Miles QC and accomplished senior-junior Sharif ShivjiGregory Denton-cox is another junior to note, with significant experience in shareholder and investor disputes. He is acting for a shareholder in a joint venture company incorporated in Singapore in arbitration and court proceedings against another shareholder regarding an option over the company's principal asset.

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Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsTop of my wish list for financial services work.

Within: Financial services regulation

4 Stone Buildings houses members with experience representing a broad range of parties affected by the UK's financial services regulatory framework. The set's barristers also have strong expertise advising on regulatory issues in other key jurisdictions, including Dubai, where Sharif Shivji is experienced. In the UK, notable mandates include appearing before the Supreme Court in FCA v Macris, where Jonathan Crow QC represented the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is one of the cleverest and savvy barristers at the Bar.

Within: Insolvency

4 Stone Buildings' members have developed strong practices in insolvency and restructuring work, including representations of the UK government. Jonathan Crow QC recently appeared in PST v OW Bunker; a major case for the shipping industry that raised issues including the application of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 to any contracts which include a retention of title clause and a licence to consume. Tiran Nersessian is also recommended, and has a broad practice of private and government instructions, including acting as sole counsel to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs before the Court of Appeal in Botleigh Grange v HMRCAndrew de Mestre QC took silk in 2019 and recently acted for the liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications. Meanwhile, Sharif Shivji acted for the claimants, the liquidators of various BVI companies, in Stephen Akers v Deutsche Bank AG, winning a €200m settlement for the clients following accusations that Deutsche Bank sold toxic and complex credit derivative instruments.

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