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Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
2 Bedford Row
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Leading junior specialising in serious crime and regulatory law. Regularly instructed as lead counsel in cases of murder, fraud and other complex crimes. Regularly instructed to act as legal advisor in complex and sensitive regulatory proceedings. Extensive and successful experience in the Court of Appeal, Criminal and Civil Divisions. Recently appeared for the appellant in R v Sadique (the leading case on s46 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007) and as leading counsel for the father in Re A (an appeal against Judge’s finding of fact in care proceedings). Has extensive links with Sierra Leone and in the sub-region. Consulted by the Director of Intelligence, Investigations and Prosecution of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission, in respect to several high-profile cases between 2008 and 2009, including The State v B (director of Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority) and The State v FG (a barrister and the legal ombudsman). Experience in civil litigation and settlement of disputes in Sierra Leone. Consulted to provide expert advice in respect to mediation for the settlement of a contractual dispute between two international companies operating in Sierra Leone. Recently involved in extensive negotiations about the setting up of alternative dispute resolution centres in Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Cameroon. Invited by the Bar Council to assist in a project designed to help and advise on re-structuring the political economic and legal systems in Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Provides advocacy training domestically and internationally. For further information visit


Called 1985, Gray’s Inn; recorder 2000; called to Sierra Leone Bar 1988; accredited civil and commercial mediator 2011.


French, Krio.


South Eastern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association; Essex Bar Mess; vice chair, Bar Council, Equality and Diversity Committee.


St Edwards School, Oxford; Hull University (LLB Hons).