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

Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC
2 Bedford Row
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Sam is a specialist criminal regulatory and sports disciplinary counsel. Practicing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Sam is instructed to both defend and prosecute in the most serious and complex cases. Sam in qualified to accept instructions by direct access (please contact his clerks for further information). With specific experience in heavyweight criminal matters in all jurisdictions, Sam is frequently instructed in case murder, complex fraud, terrorism offences, wholesale drug importation and other serious matters. Of note is Sam’s recent successful representation of a defendant charged with murder in a highly publicised football violence case. He was junior counsel for the defendant in the ‘Midsomer Murder’ trial (R v Mark Alexander). Regarded as a powerhouse as junior in fraud cases, Sam represented the principal defendant in the Vantis tax share scheme fraud trial and a director charged in the Torex fraud case. Sam has a wealth of advisory and trial experience in all white-collar issues, including boiler-room fraud, tax fraud, mis-selling and missing trader fraud.


Called 2003 (England and Wales); called 2006 (Northern Ireland).


Bar Library of Northern Ireland; CBA.


Methodist College Belfast; University of Dundee; Inns of Court School of Law.


Sam is a qualified Inns of Court advocacy trainer, a keen musician, a dreadful surfer, and an avid fan of Ulster and Ireland rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Samuel Magee QC2 Bedford RowExtremely professional, competent, capable and professional. Extremely hard working, diligent and juries love him. Has the ability to put clients at ease. One of a kind!

Viewed as ‘a first-class set of criminal chambers‘, 2 Bedford Row has ‘strength in depth at all levels‘ and houses ‘highly skilled and dedicated barristers‘. Chambers is well known for prosecuting and defending in complex, high-profile criminal cases. Kieran Vaughan QC defended Yosef Ahmed, an 18-year-old man who was charged, alongside 22-year-old Kamal Hussain, with the murder of Zahir Visiter; the defendants attempted to evade arrest by hiding inside London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park. Ahmed was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter, while Hussain was acquitted of murder but received a conviction for manslaughter. In another high-profile case, Louise Sweet QC and Alastair Smith defended a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man, respectively, who were acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC both took silk; Nick James joined the set from Furnival Chambers; William Clegg QC retired from practice.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

2 Bedford Row specialises in criminal, fraud, health and safety, regulatory, and sports law. In recent news, Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC took silk in March 2020. Strengthening the set at the junior end, Sasha Bailey and Ashley Hendron have joined from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and Carmelite Chambers respectively. Also of note, Chris Saad has been appointed as a chair of the Safeguarding and Protection Committee by the Lawn Tennis Association.