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Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
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 > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman QC2 Bedford RowJim Sturman has forensic detail on all his briefs and is rigorous in his preparation. His skills in cross-examination are peerless. He cuts through to the core issues and ensures the client is aware of every stage of the process they are in. He is a doyen of the criminal bar, and rightly so.

2 Bedford Row is a destination preferred by both corporate and individual clients for high-profile investigations into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, market abuse and misconduct, and sanctions violations, among others. Multiple set members are highly experienced in SFO investigations; in a recent standout highlight, Jim Sturman QC led a team on defending Ziad Akle, a former Unaoil executive, in relation to the SFO’s headline-grabbing investigation into bribery and corruption. Thomas Daniel was part of the SFO’s team in the Unaoil matter; following significant pandemic-related procedural complications, Akle was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Sturman heads up chambers alongside Brian Altman QC. Simon Baker QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman QC2 Bedford RowJim’s preparation is thorough and his tactics well thought out. This is important to ensure that cases progress well from start to finish. This also means that clients have confidence in their counsel has in depth knowledge of the case. A major strength is his willingness to involve all in the decision making process clients, partners and trainees. In court he can be charming but, where necessary, can be ruthless in cross examination.

2 Bedford Row garners praise for its ‘excellent strength and depth‘ and ‘huge tranche of experienced counsel‘. The set has an excellent reputation for defending and prosecuting in a wide range of complex, high-profile criminal cases. Jim Sturman QC and Shauna Ritchie represented Wayne Couzens, who was convicted of the murder of Sarah Everard following Everard’s disappearance in March 2021. In another matter, Christine Agnew QC, Louise Sweet QC and Christopher Saad were all instructed in a case concerning a hit and run incident in which a man drove a Ford Ka into a group of schoolchildren in Loughton; the defendant, who had a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, pled guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and received a hospital order and a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman QC2 Bedford RowJim’s work ethic is second to none. His level of detail when preparing a case is unrivalled.’

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Jim Sturman QC2 Bedford Row

London Bar > Sport

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jim Sturman QC2 Bedford RowAside from his razor-sharp intellect and advocacy, he is incredibly client friendly, commercial and pragmatic. He understands the football world.