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

Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
2 Bedford Row
LONDON
WC1R 4BU
England

Position

Brian advises prominent national and multinational corporations at board level in such fields as bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering, as well as corporate governance, compliance and regulation and other esoteric areas. His practice typically involves advice to business where there is a crossover between the commercial world and the suspicion of criminal wrongdoing. Additionally, he advises and represents high-net-worth individuals and other private clients on a variety of issues, such as phone hacking and unlawfulness by public authorities. His clientele includes the UK government, household name corporations and private individuals, and it has also included a Middle Eastern Royal family.
Brian also prosecutes and defends in cases of serious crime, such as homicide, terrorism, money laundering and drugs. The SFO, CMA and FCA have also instructed him, respectively, in blockbuster cases, nationwide cartel and insider dealing investigations.
Brian was Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey for 16 years, two and a half years of which were served as First Senior Treasury Counsel, a role which saw him advise in and prosecute some of the most high-profile cases of the day, such as the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler, the Birmingham suicide bomb plot, and the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. He has appeared in appeal courts up to and including the Supreme Court.
In January 2017 Brian was appointed Lead Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and led as Counsel to the Inquiry in the Rochdale and Cyril Smith investigation hearings in October 2017 and advises in all aspects of the Inquiry. He is also due to lead in the Westminster investigation hearings in March 2019.
The role has not affected his exisiting caseload or other professional commitments and he has remained and continues to remain able to accept new instructions.
Brian has appeared in the legal directories as a leader in the field for many years, and has been nominated in the past for crime junior and crime silk of the year; and was ‘highly commended’ by The Legal 500 In 2013.
Brian is regularly asked to comment for the BBC and other news agencies, by documentary makers to appear on TV programmes and to speak at educational and other events.
For further information go to www.2bedfordrow.co.uk and www.brianaltmanqc-barrister.com and/or speak to John Grimmer or Paul Rodgers on 020 7440 8888

Career

Called 1981; Middle Temple; junior Treasury counsel, Central Criminal Court 1997; senior Treasury counsel, Central Criminal Court 2002; recorder 2003; QC 2008; bencher of Middle Temple 2010; first senior Treasury counsel, Central Criminal Court 2010-13; chairman Central Criminal Court Bar, Mess 2010-13.

Memberships

CBA.

Education

Chingford Senior High School; King’s College, London (LLB); University of Amsterdam (Dip Eur Int).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowA leader who cuts through to the essence of a case. When you instruct him, he inspires huge confidence. A true luminary. Above all, in heavy business and regulatory crime and investigatory cases, he is truly fearless.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowStrategic nous and his judgement is impeccable. He works incredibly hard and delivers, and is someone you can trust with absolute confidence on a difficult case.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowA real heavyweight at the Criminal Bar. He is very hard working and hard as nails. His attention to detail is excellent but does not stop him from making the broad points in a very jury-friendly manner.