John Brisby QC > Chambers of George Bompas QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas QC
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, Nevis, BVI; 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 130 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 > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsHe is proactive and creative in his thinking.

4 Stone Buildings has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in financial services regulatory law. Members regularly represent clients before the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal. Charles Marquand is especially strong on the advisory side, providing strong support to clients in the public and private sectors. On the contentious side, Jonathan Crow QC has been involved in several offshore-related regulatory cases. Sharif Shivji QC, who recently took silk, John Brisby QC, and Alastair Tomson also all have noteworthy track records in this area.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsTenacious and a committed dogged advocate for his client’s case, honest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client’s wider strategic goals.

4 Stone Buildings is ‘an excellent set with a good balance of silks to juniors‘. Clients also note that ‘their barristers do a good deal of actual court work, unlike many‘. The set’s background in company law and insolvency matters, has over the past decade blurred into much larger commercial cases. A blockbuster example was Autonomy v Lynch and Hussain, in which Richard Hill QC led Tom Gentleman. The case also involved Robert Miles QC, before he became a judge. Several members, including John Brisby QC and Alastair Tomson, are involved in a dispute concerning the property investor Glenn Maud and the ownership of Santander’s headquarters in Madrid.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsHonest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client’s wider strategic goals.

4 Stone Buildings is ‘a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.’ Members are well-versed n the spectrum of matters, including M&A, corporate finance, redutions and reorganisations, as well as directors’ duties and shareholders’ rights issues. Jonathan Crow QC continues to go from strength to strength, and is instructed by the claimant in Maso Capital Investments Ltd v Shanda Games Ltd, a Privy Council test case concerning the valuation of shares under the Cayman Islands appraisal legislation. John Brisby QC is another big name litigator and, leading Alexander Cook in Cruz City v Unitech Limited et al, represented Unitech in its enforcement of an arbitral award arising from the financing of a property transaction in India, involving freezing and receivership orders. Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2020; he appeared in a ten-month trial where he successfully represented Michael Lynch in the fraud case of Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsHe is clear in his delivery of advice but always cognisant of the client’s ultimate goal and provides his advice in context.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsHonest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client’s wider strategic goals.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

John Brisby QC4 Stone BuildingsAn outstanding civil fraud practitioner.