Areas of Practice

Litigation and advice in the fields of company and commercial law, insolvency and restructuring, financial services, banking, civil fraud, asset recovery, and international trusts.

John Brisby is a seasoned litigator, with substantial experience of heavy trials in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, 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 also in litigation resulting from the Madoff collapse.
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.  He represented Standard Life during a 4 week trial in the Commercial Court of that company's claim to recover compensation paid out to mortgage endowment policyholders from its brokers.
John Brisby has appeared in well over 100 reported cases.


John Brisby is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Commercial Bar Association.
In 2004, he was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge. He is also a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn


John Brisby has been instructed in major cases before the Courts of the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.

He has also acted as supporting counsel in a major company dispute in the Royal Court of Guernsey


MA (Oxon).
Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford. Mansfield Scholar of Lincoln's Inn.

Legal Press:

Recommendations in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession (2012 Edition)

Chancery: Commercial

"A similarly obdurate courtroom performer, John Brisby QC is credited as a 'real fighter, who likes to get stuck in.' Being also a deputy High Court judge, he understands the view from the Bench, and tailors his addresses accordingly. His practice encompasses insolvency, corporate recovery, civil fraud and company law matters."

Commercial Dispute Resolution

"John Brisby QC is endorsed as an 'excellent trial advocate.' He is a man to have on your side."

Company: London

"John Brisby QC has 'the ability to provide inspired solutions to extremely complex problems.' Very active and highly respected, he recently acted in a claim concerning allegations of share dilution of Dynamo Kiev FC's holding company."

Financial Services:

"John Brisby QC is well known for his skill and experience as a litigator and is 'liked enormously' by regulatory bodies and companies alike. He is a particular favourite of insurance companies, who admire his "combative but constructive" contributions."

Fraud: Civil

"Sources reserve special mention for John Brisby QC on account of his regular appearance in long-running civil fraud matters, and his 'responsive, personable and client-friendly service ethic.' He recently acted for Standard Life in a £50 million claim concerning a broker's alleged mis-selling of endowment mortgages."


"John Brisby QC is 'a real fighter who is prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.' He frequently acts in relation to insolvency and corporate recovery matters."

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Areas of Practice 

  • Banking
  • Litigation and advice in the fields of company and commercial law
  • Insolvency & Reconstruction 
  • Financial services
  • Civil fraud and asset recovery


Legal 500 recommends John Brisby for commercial litigation, company & partnership, fraud:civil and insolvency.

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