Jim Sturman KC > Chambers of Brian Altman KC & Jim Sturman KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Brian Altman KC & Jim Sturman KC
2 Bedford Row


Barrister specialising in: fraud, international crime, criminal, health and safety, and sports law; R v Villiers (London City Bond Appeal and abuse hearing); Cheney Pension Fund theft (SFO); R v Goldstone (largest ever cigarette diversion fraud); R v Bonner (part of ‘Hare Wines’); R v Richardson (first ever prosecution for fraud on another member state of the EU); many other VAT, revenue, diversion, advance fee, insider dealing, share ramping and mortgage frauds; R v E (part of Operation Buccaneer – biggest-ever internet piracy case); extensive experience in money laundering cases, including advising solicitors and city institutions; frequently advises in civil cases on potential criminal fraud ramifications; extensive experience of national and international corruption inquiries, has appeared in the Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and The Hague, including the BAE and Innospec cases and has acted in international arbitrations where bribery and corruption is alleged, advised in Hong Kong, Qatar, Russia and all over the caribbean. R v Chris Ronnie (former CEO of JJB Sports); crime and general; hugely experienced in health and safety cases, particularly those involving fatalities; R v Tania Clarence; R v Stagg (Rachel Nickell murder); R v Dallagher (‘ear print’ murder, on appeal and at retrial); R v C and Others (alleged Serbian sanctions busting); many other murder cases on appeal and at first instance; many drugs cases; R v A White; R v Gould (part of the Charles Kray trial); R v Doherty (part of the Michael Michael’s series of trials); R v Darren Williams, ‘horse race fixing’ trial; extradition; USA v Kleasen (‘Texas chainsaw’ case); USA v Newton (part of the Howard Marks prosecution); USA v Sukharno: Health and safety, advises and acted in a number of corporate manslaughter cases, including R v Pyranha for managing director acquitted at “half time”, numerous other cases involving industry, local authorities and farming; sports law; defence counsel in many cases before FA Disciplinary Tribunals, FA Appeals Boards, UEFA, FIFA, CAS and the FA Premier League Board; acted for Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Robbie Keane, Ashley Cole, Diego Costa, Frank Lampard, Joey Barton, Jermain Defoe, Newcastle United, CSKA Moscow, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford FC, Jose Mourinho, John Terry, Millwall Football Club, AFC Wimbledon, Carlo Cudiccini, Jimmy Hasselbaink, Emre, Gustavo Poyet, Joe Cole, Kieron Dyer, Andros Townsend and for Didier Drogba, and Marcel Desailly before UEFA Appeals Board: acted for the FA in cases against Roy Keane (arising out the player’s autobiography), Graham Souness, Dennis Bergkamp, and against Arsenal FC, Patrick Viera, Lauren, Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Ryan Giggs, and Christian Ronaldo arising out of incidents at the end of the Manchester United v Arsenal game at Old Trafford in the season 2003/2004; acted for Dennis Wise in his appeal against dismissal by Leicester City FC before the Football Disciplinary Committee and the Football League Appeals Committee; represented footballers in libel and false attribution cases against The News of the World and The Daily Express; acted for Chelsea FC in the Ashley Cole ‘tapping-up’ case; advised UEFA and individual players regarding doping cases; acted for West Ham United in the ‘Carlos Tevez case’; acted for Wigan before CAS in the Webster case on Article 17; also acted for Mohammed Bin Hamman before CAS and acted in a number of CAS cases involving spot fixing, breach of contract and doping. Sits as chairman of RFU Disciplinary Appeals Board. For further information visit www.2bedfordrow.co.uk and www.jimsturmanqc.com.


Called 1982; Gray’s Inn; Silk 2002: Council of Legal Education.


CBA; BAFS; EBA; Bar of Gibraltar.


Bembridge School, Isle of Wight; Reading University (1980 LLB (Hons)).


Three children, supporting Spurs, cricket, punk rock music.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jim Sturman KC2 Bedford Row ‘Client friendly advice, understands the sports industry and is a fantastic advocate .’

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman KC  – 2 Bedford RowJim is client-focused, taking forensic approach to his work – he is still the doyen of this area.’

The powerhouse set at 2 Bedford Row remains a first port of call for both defence and prosecution work in high-profile criminal cases. Jim Sturman KC led Shauna Ritchie representing Wayne Couzens, the police officer who was convicted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard – he also appeared in the appeal against sentence, which raised issues of the use of whole-life sentences for cases which are not specifically in the guidelines as meriting such a sentence. Tracy Ayling KC acted for Ali Harbi Ali, who was convicted in April 2022 of murder and preparing terrorist acts under the Terrorism Act 2006, for the fatal October 2021 stabbing of Southend MP Sir David Amess at his constituency surgery. Opposed by Louise Sweet KC, Christine Agnew KC successfully prosecuted a man who drove into a group of Essex schoolchildren and who later plead guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility, resulting in a sentence of indefinite detention under the Mental Health Act.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman KC2 Bedford RowHis strengths are a forensic attention to details and never losing sight of what is in his client’s best interests. He has been at the top of his field for decades but still retains the zeal of someone of someone that fights every inch for his clients.

A standout set for financial crime work, members of 2 Bedford Row advise and represent corporate and individual clients in criminal and regulatory investigations relating to the full spectrum of fraud and financial crime matters, including domestic and cross-border investigations regarding allegations of money-laundering, tax fraud, serious fraud, sanctions offences, and insider trading. The set includes a number of members with high-profile involvements in precedent-setting SFO, FCA, and HMRC corporate crime investigations, with bespoke expertise in issues such as DPAs and Section 2 notices, as well as capabilities in cross-border cases across the US, Europe, and Australia. ‘One of big beasts of the criminal Bar’, Brian Altman KC is former First Senior Treasury Counsel, and focuses on complex and high-profile financial crime cases, including his current work in the major ongoing R v Hamilton and others, leading in Court of Appeal proceedings. The ‘forensicJim Sturman KC is another key name, with particularly strong expertise in money laundering, Companies Act offences, and international sanctions issues. Simon Baker KC also continues to be highly active in major cases since taking silk in 2021, also representing in R v Hamilton. 

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jim Sturman KC2 Bedford Row

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman KC – 2 Bedford Row ‘Jim is uncompromising and a really powerful barrister. He can turn his hand to anything. He is a very no-nonsense and confident KC who doesn’t get fazed.’