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


Barrister specialising in defending cases involving substantial financial crime, including complex fraud, international money laundering arrangements and serious general crime. Recent cases have included leading for the first defendant in a multi-million pound ‘boiler room’ investment fraud arising out of the sale of rare earth metals, representing a doctor in a substantial FCA prosecution concerning the mis-selling of shares in a primary healthcare company, representing a defendant accused of conspiring to import £32 million of cocaine in concert with corrupt baggage handlers and representing a 14 year old accused of attempted murder. Upcoming cases concern an alleged £19 million money laundering arrangement which operated using registered religious charities, a £26 million money laundering arrangement involving the proceeds of alcohol excise duty diversion fraud in respect of which 23 defendants have been charged, and two alleged frauds involving investment in diamonds and capital finance.
Appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2018.


Called on 8th March 2001


Criminal Bar Association and Fraud Lawyers Association


LLB (With Honours) University of Warwick

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stan Reiz QC2 Bedford RowHe is one of the most formidable advocates out there. He is well respected and when he speaks in the courtroom everyone listens. He is very persuasive. His knowledge of the law is extraordinary and his client care magnificent. He works tirelessly to achieve the best results for his client.

2 Bedford Row is an ‘excellent‘ set that houses a team noted for its ‘experienced strength in depth‘. New silk appointment Stan Reiz QC (as a junior) was instructed in Operation Surging, a money laundering case involving over 20 defendants; at the junior end, Simon Baker is defending Dominic Chappell against allegations of tax fraud, arising from Chappell’s takeover of BHS from Sir Philip Green. In a boost to the set, 2020 saw Nick James join from Furnival Chambers.

London Bar > Crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stan Reiz QC2 Bedford RowStan is an amazing and underrated talent. A very smooth advocate.

Viewed as ‘a first-class set of criminal chambers‘, 2 Bedford Row has ‘strength in depth at all levels‘ and houses ‘highly skilled and dedicated barristers‘. Chambers is well known for prosecuting and defending in complex, high-profile criminal cases. Kieran Vaughan QC defended Yosef Ahmed, an 18-year-old man who was charged, alongside 22-year-old Kamal Hussain, with the murder of Zahir Visiter; the defendants attempted to evade arrest by hiding inside London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park. Ahmed was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter, while Hussain was acquitted of murder but received a conviction for manslaughter. In another high-profile case, Louise Sweet QC and Alastair Smith defended a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man, respectively, who were acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC both took silk; Nick James joined the set from Furnival Chambers; William Clegg QC retired from practice.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

2 Bedford Row specialises in criminal, fraud, health and safety, regulatory, and sports law. In recent news, Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC took silk in March 2020. Strengthening the set at the junior end, Sasha Bailey and Ashley Hendron have joined from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and Carmelite Chambers respectively. Also of note, Chris Saad has been appointed as a chair of the Safeguarding and Protection Committee by the Lawn Tennis Association.