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Sharif Shivji

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4 Stone Buildings (Chambers of George Bompas QC)


Former derivatives trader who worked in London and Hong-Kong, now specialising in commercial law with a focus on banking, financial services, company, insolvency, and civil fraud litigation. Has substantial professional experience and in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and corporate finance (in particular, financial and commodity futures, options and complex derivatives). Recent cases include: HP Autonomy v Lynch and others (currently acting for the defendant in a US$5 billion claim relating to HP’s acquisition of Autonomy), McGraw-Hill (Standard & Poors) v ApoBank, RBS and others (litigation relating to the liability of rating agencies) (2013-2016), Chesterfield and others v Deutsche Bank and others (litigation relating to the sale of €500 million of credit derivatives referenced to Kaupthing hf) (2011-2017), Plaza v Law Debenture Trust [2015] EWCA 43 (liability of a bond trustee), Al-Khorafi v Bank Sarasin [2014] (DIFC, mis-selling of US$200 million of structured products), Euroption Strategic Fund v SEB [2013] 1 BCLC 125 (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 (transfer of loans to NAMA), Renaissance Capital v ENRC [2011] (corporate finance dispute), Agrimarche [2010] BCC 775 (liquidation of a commodity dealer), Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2009] EWHC 2545 (trust claims in Lehman’s estate).


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: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsVery good at analysing complex financial structures.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsOutstanding as a commercial litigation and a delight to work with.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsA star in the making, he has the most tremendous enthusiasm and work ethic.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsProbably the best junior on financial services regulation disputes, his knowledge is encyclopaedic.

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Within: Insolvency – Leading juniors

Sharif Shivji - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is very bright and thoughtful.

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