John Virgo > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Banking and finance; professional negligence.


John is a specialist commercial barrister, with a strong practice emphasis on high-value financial product mis-selling litigation. He has appeared in all the leading mis-selling cases, including: lead counsel appointment in a group pension mis-selling action (Cocking v Prudential); acting in a 400 strong group action in the Commercial Court on behalf of Equitable Life’s trapped annuitants (Abeles and Others v Equitable Life Assurance Society); acting for Zurich Life to defend claims for product mis-selling arising out of the collapse of the Bahamian Imperial Consolidated Fund (Seymour v Caroline Ockwell & Co; Zurich IFA Ltd); acting for investors into the AIG Enhanced Variable Rate Fund who suffered substantial losses following its collapse (Rubenstein v HSBC Bank); acting for a number of high-net-worth individuals and businesses in relation to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (Rowley and Green v Royal Bank of Scotland). He is instructed nationwide in complex and substantial disputes where his advocacy and forensic skills are highly valued.


Called 1983.


  • Bristol Chancery & Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


  • MA (Oxon)
  • Worcester College, Oxford Graduated in Jurisprudence

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

John VirgoGuildhall ChambersJohn is a hugely experienced litigator who brings confidence to clients. He is authoritative and tenacious and leads by example, with robust advice and opinions given whilst rolling up sleeves and getting stuck into the graft of cases. He has the ear of the Court.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John VirgoGuildhall ChambersJohn is very conscientious, always meticulously well-prepared, and pragmatic. He has a great courtroom presence.’