Mr Christopher Saad > Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
2 Bedford Row
LONDON
WC1R 4BU
England

Position

Ranked in the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for Fraud. 
“Very bright and able”. Legal 500 2017. 


Christopher Saad’s practice encompasses white-collar crime, serious crime and regulatory law.

In the past year alone Christopher has:

  • Appeared as a led Junior in a multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud trial brought by the e-crime team at National Trading Standards;
  • Appeared as a led Junior in a multi-million pound boiler room fraud case, in which investors were sold “Rare Earth Metals”;
  • Appeared as a junior alone in a conspiracy to supply drugs, in which it is alleged almost half a tonne of cannabis was imported into the country;
  • Represented an optometrist before the General Optical Council, a case in which the optometrist was alleged to have retrospectively amended records after receiving a customer complaint;
  • Represented several high net worth individuals, including a television & radio personality and a member of The Sunday Times Richlist in relation to Road Traffic Offences;
  • Represented a company and its directors in relation to health and safety offences;
  • Provided pre-publication advice on whether an article may attract criminal liability.

Other notable cases include:

  • Led Junior in a case of mortgage fraud and cheating the revenue;
  • Led Junior in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case, likened to the television series “Breaking Bad”;
  • Led Junior in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case in which tens of kilos of cocaine were imported into the country having been hidden in airplanes flown from Mexico;
  • Numerous other cases in which Chris has appeared as a junior alone including: wounding with intent, kidnap, blackmail, fraud by abuse of position, perverting the course of justice, malicious communications, offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Data Protection 1998.

In recent years Christopher has been instructed to advise:

  • The Global Financial Crime division of an international bank on money laundering regulation and guidance provided by the Financial Conduct Authority;
  • Media companies in relation to Ofcom investigations;
  • A media company on the merits of a regulatory complaint concerning the supply of English Premier League television rights to foreign broadcasters;
  • A television channel in relation to the prohibition on political advertising and compliance with its licence obligations as to what constitutes “effective control” of a licensed service.

Before coming to the Bar, Chris worked as an Associate at the Office of Communications (Ofcom). He specialised in issues of unfair treatment and privacy in radio and television as well as leading several cases in which sanctions were imposed on broadcasters

Career

Qualified 2009, Gray’s Inn

Memberships

CBA.

Education

Hulme Grammar School for Boys, Oldham, Lancs; University of Leeds (BA Hons).

Leisure

Manchester United 

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Saad2 Bedford RowChris is very personable and his calm demeanour is reassuring to clients within the run up to, and during hearings. He understands the facts of a case quickly and from the perspective of an instructing solicitor, he is very easy to approach and likes to share ideas regarding hearing preparation and tactics.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Saad2 Bedford RowChris is an excellent counsel and have only ever obtained excellent results with him. The clients welcome his friendly but very realistic and sensible approach and he is always able to step back and get the client to assess the wider context of the case. Professional and knowledgeable Chris takes the lead in a case and I have always been impressed with him.