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John Briggs

Called to the Bar 1973
+44 (0)20 7696 9900
John Briggs
Called to the Bar 1973

John specialises in domestic and cross-border insolvency, commercial and chancery litigation, professional negligence and disciplinary proceedings (involving insolvency practitioners), partnerships, financial services and proceeds of crime. 

Over the years John has appeared in many high profile cases particularly in the field of personal insolvency, insolvent partnerships and deceased insolvents, including  Kevin Maxwell, Asil Nadir, Jonathan Aitken, Kerry Katona, Sean Quinn, Seifert Sedley (solicitors), Nicholas Phillips (the Queen’s cousin - deceased), Boris Berezovsky (Russian oligarch – deceased) and Boris Becker. 

John is described in Chambers & Partners 2016 as "concise, commercial and charming". He "has the ability to take a highly complex case and cut to the core issues with ease."

For many years John has been the Joint Senior Author of the leading insolvency textbook Muir Hunter on Personal Insolvency. He is a Deputy Registrar in Companies and Bankruptcy at the High Court in London. Before practising as a barrister, John was a jurist-linguist in French and Italian at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.


Insolvency and Restructuring

Over 40 reported cases in litigation related to corporate and personal insolvency in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords.

Recent cases include:

  • Oraki and Oraki v Bramston and Defty [2017] EWCA Civ 403, professional negligence claim against trustees in bankruptcy
  • Fielding v Hunt [2017] EWHC 247 (Ch); [2017] EWHC 406 (Ch) Liquidators powers; costs 
  • Rose v McGuire [2013] EWCA Civ 429, bankrupt’s permission to sue trustee in bankruptcy
  • Bramston v Haut [2013] EWCA Civ 1637, discharge from bankruptcy/ IVAs
  • Williams v Taylor [2012] EWCA Civ 1443, transaction defrauding creditors
  • Re Eichler [2011] BPIR 1293, COMI under the EC Insolvency Regime
  • Re Delberry [2008] EWHC 925 (Ch), receivers’ fees/misfeasance/production of documents

International and Offshore

  • Irish Bank Resolution Corporation v Quinn [2012] NI Ch 1, cross-border insolvency
  • Handelsmann BV v Hill [2011] BPIR, Counsel for trustee in bankruptcy in EC Insolvency Regulation case before the Dutch courts
  • FG Hemisphere Associates v Democratic Republic of Congo [2010] JRC 484, vulture fund litigation against DRC English Counsel acting for third party debtor

Other cases include advising on company liquidations, receiverships and bankruptcies in Cyprus including the recent receivership and liquidation of the supermarket chain GRV North Fruit Ltd and advising on Bahamian bankruptcy law and advising and acting for the Viscount of Jersey in cross-border insolvency proceedings.


Chambers & Partners “Excellent on personal insolvency issues”
“He is a go-to for difficult problems that need solving in a commercial way”
“Pre-eminent in terms of personal insolvency and is quite excellent in what he does”


2014 Membership and Authorisations Committee of the IPA
2011 Called to the Northern Ireland Bar
1991 Appointed Deputy Registrar in Bankruptcy and Companies
1973-1975 Jurist Linguist at the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
1973 Called to the Bar of England and Wales


INSOL International
INSOL Europe
Commercial Bar Association
British Italian Law Association


Joint Senior Author of Muir Hunter on Personal Insolvency (Thomson Sweet and Maxwell, 1987 to date)
Contributor to Cross-Border Insolvency Fourth Edition (Sheldon, Bloomsbury, 2015)
Contributor to Rayden & Jackson on Relationship breakdown finances and Children (Lexis Nexis, 2016)
Consultant Editor to Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports (Jordans, 1996 to date)
Joint Author Asset Protection Trusts (Keyhaven, 1997)
Junior Author of Williams & Muir Hunter on Bankruptcy (Stevens, 1984 to 1987)
Contributor to Insolvency Intelligence. Articles include:

“Payment Protection Insurance Claims and Insolvency” Insolvency Intelligence 2013, Vol 26, No 5 (July), page 65. Click here to view this article.
“The Recent Decision of Raithatha v Williamson: Creditors’ Right to an IPO/IPA over more than the Debtor’s pension in payment” Insolvency Intelligence 2012, Vol 25 No 5 (June), page 65. Click here to view this article.


1972 Examens du Doctorat d’Université, Nancy, France
1971 King’s College London University, LLB Hons


French, Italian

Spanish (working knowledge)


Travel, walking (Chiltern Society walk leader and contributor to Society’s “50 Best Walks”), Languages (Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute) and politics (Fabian Society). 

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