Mr Sharif Shivji KC > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings


Formerly a derivatives trader in London and Hong-Kong, now Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial law with a focus on banking, financial services, company, insolvency, and civil fraud litigation. Sharif is also a leading barrister offshore, especially in the DIFC where he has acted in many of the jurisdiction’s most significant cases (Court of Appeal and First Instance) and the BVI (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: Mozambique v Credit Suisse International (2020), Autonomy v Lynch (2019), Akhmedova v Akhmedov (2018) (DIFC CFI & CA), Akers v Stanford (BVI HC & CA), Wentworth v Lehman (2017), S&P v ApoBank and RBS (2016) and Chesterfield v Deutsche Bank (2016).


Economics graduate (LSE), research assistant to Bank of England’s monetary policy committee member, derivatives trader (London and Hong Kong 1997 to 1999). The Lawyer Hot 100, C&P Company & Insolvency Junior 2016, Commercial Litigation Junior 2018 and Legal 500 Insolvency Junior 2020.

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

Trustee of Advocate (formerly 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.

Publications: Author, Transaction Avoidance in Insolvencies, OUP, 2018


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


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



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Sharif Shivji KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Proactive, ridiculously intelligent and hard working.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Sharif Shivji KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Sharif has a razor sharp intellect and is a brilliant lawyer especially in cases with a financial services element. He must be one of the best in the field.’