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 QC2 Bedford RowLouise is one of the most hard-working and conscientious barristers, leaving no stone unturned to get the best possible result for a very demanding clients. Where there were legitimate points of law to be taken, they are taken concisely and persuasively. Vulnerable witnesses receive care par excellence.

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.