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

Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
2 Bedford Row
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Christopher has a very busy private and legal aid Crown Court practice and has, in the 12 months, appeared in a number of in lengthy and serious trials either as a Junior alone or a Led Junior. He also has significant experience of representing military defendants at Court Martials in the UK and Germany. Additionally, Christopher has developed a regular private practice in the Magistrates’ Court in respect of complicated road traffic matters.  
Christopher is a graded CPS prosecutor and appears regularly for both the CPS and the National Probation Service in the Crown Courts in London and Essex in respect of all manner of hearings and trials. He is also instructed by the CPS to appear in the Court of Appeal and he regularly provides ‘pre-charge’ advice on instruction. Christopher has, over the years, been regularly instructed by the Treasury Solicitors and discrete government departments in relation to complex and confidential public law matters which require the utmost discretion and diligence. Christopher is cetted to Developed Vetting (DV) standard.
Outside of crime, Christopher continues to develop his busy regulatory practice and is regularly instructed by the Association of Optometrists to defend their members appearing before the General Optical Council.  He is also instructed to appear at Coroner Inquests.
Of note, Christopher was instructed as both a barrister and an investigation team leader within a Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) for the duration of a three year investigation. The investigation focused on serious allegations of fraud, corruption and bribery and money laundering committed by government officials within the Turks & Caicos Islands. Christopher gained significant experience of compiling complicated production orders and working under the MLAT and LoR processes; in particular with the US Department of Justice.
Christopher is qualified to accept direct access instructions and does so on a regular basis.


Called 2008. Retired British Army Infantry officer (in the rank of Major). Completed pupillage, and accepted tenancy, at 2 Bedford Row in 2009. Predominantly defence Crown Court practice but prosecutes regularly.


French (conversational).


Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Harms worth Major Scholar 2007); Criminal Bar Association.


Royal military Academy Sandhurst (awarded the Sovereign’s Sword of Honour and the Anson Memonal Pnze); The Open University (LLB (Hons)); BBP Law School (BVC (Very Competent – graded 9th in year)).


Downhill skiing, mountaineering, offshore sailing, fine red Bordeaux wine.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher Martin2 Bedford RowChristopher is extremely thorough in his preparation of cases and tenacious in his approach to disclosure issues. He has an excellent client manner such that he is able to convey the essential issues in a case and remain re-assuring to the lay client. He works closely with his solicitor offering advice and support ensuring that the client gets the best from his whole legal team. He has an excellent rapour with juries which results in exceptional outcomes for his clients.