Mr Simon Baker QC > Chambers of Brian Altman QC & Jim Sturman QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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


Queen’s Counsel specialising in business and regulatory fraud, market abuse, money laundering and serious crime.

Recent high profile cases include: Post Office “Horizon” Appeals (representing the Post Office in the appeals and review arising out of the Horizon computer system); 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 (successfully represented company director, as 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”)

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Called 1998 (Inner Temple)
Bencher of Inner Temple (2018)
Recorder (2019)
Queen’s Counsel (2021)


Criminal Bar Association, Bar Council IT Panel, Fraud Lawyers Association, Lawyers for Liberty


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

Lawyer Rankings

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

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Baker QC 2 Bedford RowSimon is a highly effective advocate who gives very pragmatic and strategic advice in applying an extensive knowledge of the law and broader commercial factors relevant to business crime and regulatory matters. Able to rapidly assimilate and absorb the meticulous detail of generally very voluminous and complex cases, Simon distils and anticipates issues at a very early stage and advises without delay.

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

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Baker QC2 Bedford RowSimon is a highly effective advocate who provides very pragmatic and strategic advice. He can rapidly assimilate and absorb the minute details of very voluminous and complex cases.’

A ‘top criminal law set‘ with ‘tremendous strength in depth‘, 2 Bedford Row covers the gamut of tax fraud, bribery, corruption, and insider dealing, with particular focus on the intersection of fraud and business crime. Stan Reiz QC represented an alleged ringleader in a high-value investment fraud case involving coloured diamonds, the matter attracting media attention as a co-defendant previously appeared on The Only Way is Essex. In a separate case, Sean Hammond is instructed in a multi-defendant case concerning an alleged pension liberation fraud. Simon Baker QC was appointed to silk in 2021.