Mr Simon Baker > 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 business and regulatory fraud, money laundering and serious crime.  He is regularly instructed as leading, led or sole junior counsel in some of the highest profile cases in the UK.
Recent high profile cases include: LIBOR (representing the head of the Tullett Prebon Yen OBS desk who was acuitted of conspiring to manipulate the LIBOR rate); Operation Hornet (representing the main defendant in the the very high profile HBoS trial charged with fraud and corruption valued at over £250m); iSOFT (representing the CEO of a FTSE250 company acquitted of market manipulation); Operation Picasso (leading counsel for the first defendant, acquitted of conspiracy to defraud in a multi-million pound carbon credit “boiler room” fraud); and R v M, C & T [2017] UKSC 58 (successfully representing the corporate defendant and main director in a multi-million pound Trading Standards prosecution stayed as an abuse of process, including in the interlocutory appeal to the Supreme Court on the applicability of s.92 of the Trade Marks Act to the “grey market”)


Called 1998 (Inner Temple)


Criminal Bar Association, Bencher of Inner Temple, Bar Council IT Panel, Fraud Lawyers Association, Lawyers for Liberty


Leeds Grammar School, St Anne’s College, Oxford [MA (Oxon)]

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Simon Baker QC2 Bedford RowImmensely talented and a formidable advocate both on his feet and in written submissions and commands great respect from the Judiciary.

2 Bedford Row is an ‘excellent‘ set that houses a team noted for its ‘experienced strength in depth‘. New silk appointment Stan Reiz QC (as a junior) was instructed in Operation Surging, a money laundering case involving over 20 defendants; at the junior end, Simon Baker is defending Dominic Chappell against allegations of tax fraud, arising from Chappell’s takeover of BHS from Sir Philip Green. In a boost to the set, 2020 saw Nick James join from Furnival Chambers.