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 2

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowBrian is hugely experienced, strategically astute, has impeccable judgment of risk and commands the respect of both the client and the judiciary. An inspirational leader who demands high standards of himself and others. He is a role model in his capacity for hard work, attention to detail but never losing sight of the bigger picture.

2 Bedford Row is a destination preferred by both corporate and individual clients for high-profile investigations into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, market abuse and misconduct, and sanctions violations, among others. Multiple set members are highly experienced in SFO investigations; in a recent standout highlight, Jim Sturman QC led a team on defending Ziad Akle, a former Unaoil executive, in relation to the SFO’s headline-grabbing investigation into bribery and corruption. Thomas Daniel was part of the SFO’s team in the Unaoil matter; following significant pandemic-related procedural complications, Akle was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Sturman heads up chambers alongside Brian Altman QC. Simon Baker QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowBrian is unstoppable. Like a steam-roller, once he’s set his course, he won’t deviate from his path and will crush anything that gets in the way. He has an absolute wealth of experience in dealing with the highest profile cases.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Brian Altman QC2 Bedford RowBrian is formidable. He sets high standards for all involved and has complete mastery of the detail of a case. Nothing gets past him and he is very effective in his advocacy in the role of counsel to the inquiry.