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 RowSam is articulate and presents his arguments with clarity and finesse. He is charming and puts clients at ease. He is very down to earth and approachable. He takes his time with clients to explain difficult concepts in simple terms which is appreciated by them. An invaluable asset to Chambers.