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


Regularly instructed to appear as leading counsel in the most serious and complex cases. Accustomed to leading teams of lawyers and investigators in long running investigations. Instructed to advise the intelligence services, government agencies through TSols, the Attorney General’s Office and the Crown Prosecution Service. Appellate work includes responding to the recent appeal of George Davis in relation to his conviction for robbery in 1975 (the offence that led to the ‘George Davis is Innocent’ campaign), the posthumous appeal of Ruth Ellis and the increase in sentences for offenders who commit serious sexual offences as a burglar. Regularly appears in the Court of Appeal in cases in which he did not act in the court below. Many of the cases in which he has been instructed have attracted worldwide publicity: R v Ali and others (the ‘liquid bomb’ plot), R v Badat (the Gloucester shoe bomber), R v Burrell (former butler to Princess Diana), Jane Andrews (former dresser for Sarah Ferguson). Instructed to lead in excess of 60 homicide cases including cases where the offender has received a whole life term, contract killings, homophobic murders, where the victim has been a baby who was subjected to extreme violence as well as cases where it is alleged the baby had been shaken or shaken and discarded. Legal adviser to the GSCC. For more information please see


Qualified 1983, Gray’s Inn. Year made QC 2008;Junior Treasury Counsel, 1998 ; First Junior Treasury Counsel, 2002 ; Senior Treasury Counsel, 2006; Queen’s Counsel, 2008; Recorder 2009.


Criminal Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Marple Hall School; University College London (LLB Hons); Inns of Court School of Law; Nottingham Law School Nita UK Advocacy Trainer (1996).


Wake boarding, water skiing, tennis, golf, skiing, rugby, Garrick.