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

Chambers of George Bompas QC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Position

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 (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: Mozambique v Credit Suisse International [2020] EWHC 1709 (Comm) (on-going, fraud claim for US$2 billion), Autonomy v Lynch (on-going following 10 month trial in ChD, fraud 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 a super yacht), Akers v Stanford (BVI Court of Appeal, insolvency dispute following collapse of Kaupthing), Wentworth v Lehman [2017] EWHC 3158 (Chancery Division, dispute over the admission of a US$700 million claim in 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 (ChD, 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).

Career

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 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.

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

Chambers and Partners’ Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year 2018.

Legal 500 Insolvency Junior of the Year 2020.

Memberships

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

Education

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

Leisure

Climbing/sailing/skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsAs an advocate, he can simplify very complicated evidence and he is a tenacious cross-examiner.

4 Stone Buildings is considered a ‘leading commercial chambers with top tier juniors and some of the best silks at the commercial/Chancery Bar‘. Clients also appreciate its ability ‘to take instructions in a wide range of areas with particular strength in commercial company and fraud disputes‘. Members regularly find themselves on the largest disputes to hit the market, such as  Autonomy Corporation v Lynch in which Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC and Tom Gentleman are all involved for various parties – the matter sits against a broader backdrop of multiple civil and criminal cases concerning HP’s takeover of Autonomy. George Bompas QC also achieved a notable decision on behalf of the appellant in the Supreme Court in Marex Financial Ltd v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia, a case re-examining the law on reflective loss.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - 2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsSharif is a very strong technical barrister.

4 Stone Buildings has an impressive reputation in company litigation relating to directors duties, shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. Jonathan Crow QC is a go-to barrister for cases destined for the Supreme Court and Privy Council, with recent highlights involving complex issues at the cross-sector of charity and company law. Supported by Sharif Shivji and Tom Gentleman, Richard Hill QC represented Autonomy founder Michael Lynch, who is defending civil fraud claims of over $5bn, in litigation currently running in parallel with an extradition request from the United States. Mandates often incorporate multiple jurisdictions, regularly with significant offshore aspects; John Brisby QC is assisting EY Bermuda with various investigations and potential claims while Orlando Fraser QC led 2021 silk Hermann Boeddinghaus QC and Eleanor Holland in a 12-day trial in the BVI Commercial Court. Andrew De Mestre QC is sought out for high-stakes trials, having been instructed by the claimants in Travelport v WEX, an expedited trial arising from a $1.7bn takeover affected by Covid-19.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsA very strong new silk. His advice is commercially savvy and he is very accommodating with clients.

At 4 Stone Buildings, members have established strength in representing clients before the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee. Charles Marquand is singled out for his expertise in advising a client base of major banks, funds and brokers. At silk level, Sharif Shivji QC, Jonathan Crow QC  and John Brisby QC have solid track records in acting for defendant-side clients and regulatory bodies, including the FCA, in significant regulatory actions.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsFerociously bright; hard-working; a definite team player and a consummate diplomat.

4 Stone Buildings brings a huge amount of experience to the table, with several top name silks and juniors. The set has excellent credentials for insolvency-related banking disputes, but also regularly acts on broader finance litigations, including cross-border and offshore claims. Notable highlights include Sharp & Ors v Blank & Ors in which Richard Hill QC acted for the claimant group of Lloyds bank shareholders in a trial that concluded in 2020 with judgment on a costs point. The highly-rated Sharif Shivji QC has a prominent role acting for Credit Suisse in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, and is also leading two juniors in a major banking dispute before the DIFC. Juniors such as Christopher Harrison, Alastair Tomson and James Knott have also made a good impression on the market.

London Bar > Insolvency

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsEncyclopedic knowledge of the subject and real commercial acumen.

4 Stone Buildings counts insolvency and restructuring matters among its core strengths and members include a number of the practice area’s leading silks a juniors at various stages in their careers. Jonathan Crow QC is increasingly brought in at the appellate stage of major insolvency-related cases, including Fakhry v Pagden, which involved the liquidation of a venture capital trust. George Bompas QC had a standout year, successfully defending several of the former directors of Kids Company (including former BBC creative director Alan Yentob) in disqualification proceedings, culminating in an 11-week trial at the Insolvency and Companies List of the Business and Property Courts. Recent silk Sharif Shivji QC is rapidly building a renowned practice in this area, and at the junior level, Tiran Nersessian and Christopher Harrison continue to impress.

London Bar > Offshore

(2020 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Sharif Shivji QC4 Stone BuildingsA very strong technical barrister with a great deal of experience dealing directly with commercial clients.