Christine Agnew 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

Christine prosecutes and defends  the most serious and complex criminal cases. Her practice covers the full range of criminal work and she has considerable experience in relation to all types of criminal allegations. Christine is also regularly instructed in all types of fraud cases. She has represented a number of defendants concerned in cases concerning bribery and corruption. She has a reputation as being an extremely hard working and able advocate who is exceptionally good with clients and achieves acquittals in the most difficult of circumstances. She is often first choice defence counsel for firms with private clients who demand an incisive and empathic advocate who can instil real confidence in the client. Christine also prosecutes for the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. She has prosecuted many fatality cases requiring detailed and specialist knowledge in addition to cases involving allegations of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter. She also has considerable experience of coroners’ inquests and Regulatory Tribunals. Christine is authorised to accept instructions from members of the public in certain circumstances.

Career

Silk 2015

Memberships

CBA, SE Circuit, HSLA

Education

University of the West of England. Methodist College Belfast.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Christine Agnew QC2 Bedford RowChristine is very measured in her advocacy but also knows exactly when it is beneficial and appropriate to be tenacious in order to achieve her objective.

An ‘impressive set with strength in depth’, the barristers at 2 Bedford Row act for both the prosecution and defence in high-profile cases involving corporate manslaughter and individual gross negligence manslaughter across such sectors as retail, construction, leisure, manufacturing, entertainment, and energy. Christine Agnew QC and Shauna Ritchie, prosecuted in R v Ace Waste Haulage Ltd and Evers, obtaining a conviction in the matter of corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences arising from an employee fatality at a waste processing plant. Alex Stein, leading Eleanor Sanderson, successfully limited the liability of the defendant company in Watford Borough Council v F & R Cawley Limited, which surrounded a fatality involving a truck with two road worthiness failings.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christine Agnew QC2 Bedford RowChristine is a natural and superb jury advocate – she is an authoritative and commanding presence but an excellent team player .

2 Bedford Row garners praise for its ‘excellent strength and depth‘ and ‘huge tranche of experienced counsel‘. The set has an excellent reputation for defending and prosecuting in a wide range of complex, high-profile criminal cases. Jim Sturman QC and Shauna Ritchie represented Wayne Couzens, who was convicted of the murder of Sarah Everard following Everard’s disappearance in March 2021. In another matter, Christine Agnew QC, Louise Sweet QC and Christopher Saad were all instructed in a case concerning a hit and run incident in which a man drove a Ford Ka into a group of schoolchildren in Loughton; the defendant, who had a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, pled guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and received a hospital order and a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Christine Agnew QC2 Bedford RowChristine is meticulously prepared and has a steely focus on the essentials of a case – she cuts through the peripherals.’