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


Barrister specialising in crime, health and safety enforcement, environmental (crime), copyright (crime), fraud (crime) and Trading Standards (crime); see for further information.


Called 1989; Inner Temple; QC 2010; author: ‘Health and Safety Law and Practice’ (2010 3rd Ed Oxford University Press); ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007’ (2008 Oxford University Press). Vice chair Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


CBA; South Eastern Circuit.


Christ’s College, Finchley; Girton College, Cambridge (MA (Cantab)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Matthews QC2 Bedford RowHe is incredibly bright, unbeatable on the law, and an effortless courtroom advocate; equally effective with judges and juries. He is also is a real team player with a relentless work ethic, and always has an eye on the the big picture strategy. When the stakes are at their highest, he is the man you want on your side.

2 Bedford Row is ‘strong in the field of health and safety‘ thanks to its ‘strength in depth‘ of counsel. In one example instruction, Richard Matthews QC successfully defended steel company Celsa against charges of corporate manslaughter following an explosion at a steelworks in Wales, in which two factory workers were killed. The company was convicted of breaching health and safety regulations by failing to make a risk assessment – a lesser offence to the charge of manslaughter – and ordered to pay a £1.8m fine.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Matthews QC2 Bedford RowFrighteningly intelligent with truly excellent forensic criminal acumen, he is the go-to barrister for serious or technical environmental matters.