Ms Louise Sweet QC > Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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


Fields: Crime and Regulatory.
Louise is trusted in complex, emotive and high profile cases achieving a consistent record of successful results. Particularly respected in vulnerable witness cases.
Sexual offences:  a kind but firm style repeatedly winning at first instance and on appeal. Operation Clover, a Lord Mayor, a Coronation Street actor, military personnel, sportspeople businessmen and historic abuse cases, where complainants serving police officers. Lead advocacy trainer for SEC for vulnerable witnesses.
General crime: Unafraid of challenging cases and good with media: Mick Philpott (Derby Fire Case) 6 children perished, intense national interest. Successful diminished responsibility for plumber who decapitated his wife suffering from alcohol dependency syndrome and a baby deaths (e.g mother cleared of killing her baby, shaken baby syndrome, cut-throat) and numerous acquittals for murder where “gang” motives attributed.
Financial crime: Organised and jury friendly. “The Wonga Fraud”, 19000 fraudulent loans netting £6.2m, Operation Mecklenburger, €80m, proceeds of organised crime laundered via London bureau de changes, Operation Elvedon, and Ozakpinar and Others, corruption in public office. Recent boiler room success include sale of diamonds and carbon credits. Louise defends prosecutions by all government agencies, SFO, NCA, Trading Standards, HMRCE and FCA.
Current Cases: Baby murder, main witness autistic child. Head Teacher serious sexual offences pupils. Man accused of rape of toddler.
Regulatory: Tribunal Judge at MPTS (GMC) Defends in professional misconduct cases. FCA (complaints and asset restraint). Direct Access. Lectures. Posts articles.


CBA,SEC, Fraud Lawyers Association, ARDL, Howard League.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Louise Sweet QC – 2 Bedford Row ‘Extremely hard-working and conscientious. Has an absolutely indomitable approach to the case which is seemingly undeterred by the difficulties presented and yields very good results.

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.