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

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


Barrister specialising in criminal law, particularly financial crime and the proceeds of crime. Also conducts a variety of regulatory and civil litigation, including sports law and prison law. Predominately defends and specialises in cases involving police powers, but has also been involved in prosecutions brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Crown Prosecution Service, the UKBA and HM Revenue and Customs. In 2013 he prosecuted in New Zealand as Pegasus Scholar and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in New Zealand as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal in the UK. For more information please see


Called 2009; Inner Temple. Previously worked as an in-house advocate for a national firm of solicitors, conducting civil hearings in the county court.


Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys; University of West England (LLB (First Class)); Bristol Law School (Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding – Top mark in year)).


All sports, but mainly football and cricket. Currently studying to obtain a private pilot’s licence.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Thomas Daniel2 Bedford Row

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 > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Thomas Daniel2 Bedford RowThomas is an exceptional junior barrister. He is a very strong advocate, tremendously bright with excellent judgement, and is extremely hardworking.