Mr John Brisby KC > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings


John Brisby is a seasoned litigator, with substantial experience of heavy trials in the Chancery Division, the Commercial Court and foreign jurisdictions such as Bermuda, Bahamas, BVI and Nevis; and is known as a formidable cross-examiner in court. He enjoys working with other people and is a good team player. Over the years, John Brisby has been extensively involved in heavy litigation arising out of large-scale corporate collapses such as Barlow Clowes, British and Commonwealth, Maxwell, BCCI, Barings, Railtrack and Enron. More recently, he has been involved in major litigation and arbitrations relating to disputes originating from the former Soviet Union and China, and also in litigation resulting from the Madoff collapse and from the LIBOR fixing scandal. On the corporate side, he has been involved in some of the leading cases dealing with the rights of minority shareholders; whilst on the financial services side, he has acted on behalf of the regulators and also on behalf of their members (particularly insurance companies) dealing both with disciplinary and advisory matters.  John Brisby has appeared in over 150 reported cases.

John Brisby QC was awarded Chancery Silk of the Year at the 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards.


Called 1978, Lincoln’s Inn, bencher 2005; member Executive Committee of the British-Bulgarian Legal Association; trustee and co-founder ‘Friends of Bulgaria’ a UK registered charity founded in 1991 sending humanitarian aid to Bulgaria; appointed QC 1996; appointed deputy high court judge 2004.


Chancery Bar Association and Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).


Westminster School; Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford (1977 MA); Mansfield Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Brisby KC4 Stone Buildings ‘John is a ferocious cross-examiner and is on top of the details of a case very quickly.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

John Brisby KC4 Stone Buildings ‘John is a ferocious cross-examiner and is on top of the details of a case very quickly. Works well with all members of the legal team, both senior and junior.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

John Brisby KC4 Stone Buildings ‘A most exceptionally-talented Chancery silk.’

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

John Brisby KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Extremely experienced and a very good litigation instinct. His insights borne of his experiences are much valued and relied on by clients whose trust he gains by his passion for their case.’

4 Stone Buildings places insolvency and reconstruction as a central area of focus, with the set known for its involvement in high profile and high value insolvency work. Members of chambers have also represented the government on insolvency matters, including Tiran Nersessian, who was instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to advise on the insolvency elements of the Horizon scandal, including the predicament of a cohort of postmasters who found themselves bankrupt. ‘Stand-out silk’ Jonathan Crow KC, was instructed in a multi-million dollar claim in Byers v Saudi National Bank which was brought by the liquidators of two insolvent companies against a bank for knowing receipt of funds paid in breach of trust. Alastair Tomson is frequently led by Richard Hill KC and John Brisby KC, having been instructed on noteworthy bankruptcy cases. Zara McGlone is noted for her work for Ofgem – she acted as sole counsel for the energy regulator in several cases concerning the insolvencies of energy suppliers.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

John Brisby KC4 Stone Buildings