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Brian Altman QC - Leading Barrister Brian Altman QC

Brian Altman QC has been named as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential lawyers by The Times and is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top criminal barristers practising today. He is currently Lead Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and previously spent 16 years as Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey. He delivers results and robust advice in cases involving corporate corruption, serious and complex fraud, serious crime (including homicide and terrorism) as well as appellate work. Multinational corporations, government and private clients all seek his expert legal advice.

Brian has a remarkable reputation as a leading criminal lawyer. The 2018 Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers names him as one of the experts in the field in the UK and Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2018 names Brian as one of "47 standout barristers who are considered leaders in the field of criminal fraud."  The London Evening Standard considered him one of the top three ‘criminal masterminds’ in the UK. He is also consistently listed as one of the top barristers in the hugely respected Chambers Bar guide where he is ‘top ranked’ in both their ‘Crime’ and ‘Financial Crime: Corporates’ sections plus The Legal 500 (UK Bar) where he is featured as a Leading Silk in the top tier of Crime silks and in the Business and Regulatory Crime tables. ‘Lawyer Monthly’ awarded him “White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year 2015 – UK.” 

“A very high-quality advocate who is assured and never fails to prepare his cases 100%. Both inquiries and juries are impressed by him as he doesn't leave any stone unturned. He is an impressive all-round barrister at the top of his game."
Chambers Bar guide for 2019 (Crime)

“Very bright and very experienced; he's very good." "He is a formidable advocate."
Chambers Bar guide for 2019 (Financial Crime: Corporates)

“Amazingly thorough and someone with an unrivalled attention to detail." "If anyone will make it work, Brian will. You can't stop him"
Chambers Bar guide for 2018 (Crime)

“He makes sure that he considers an issue from every possible angle before providing detailed, accessible, constructive and definitive advice”
Chambers Bar guide for 2018 (Financial Crime: Corporates)

"His work is just outstanding and his judgement impeccable, and he certainly deserves to be rated extremely highly"

"What I found when I was in court is that he commands an awful lot of respect because it is deserved"
Chambers Bar Guide for 2017

"Your commitment to my case both professionally and personally was top class. I could sense your personal determination to do the best you could, you are clearly an exceptionally talented advocate, both by reputation and  watching/listening to you in Court."

“Brian Altman QC, is extensively experienced in representing high-net-worth individuals and large corporates, as well as prosecuting for the FCA and CMA in large fraud cases. According to one peer, "He is extremely influential and carries significant personal gravitas".
Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2017

"Thorough and hardworking; he never makes a mistake"
The Legal 500 (UK Bar), Crime, Leading Silks

Brian has exceptional insider knowledge and experience. In June 2013, he completed his highly successful 16 year tenure as Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, the last two and a half years of which were as as First Senior Treasury Counsel - the country’s most senior practising prosecuting barrister. During that period he was involved in prosecuting some of the most high profile cases of the day.

Since then Brian has advised the Boards of national and multinational corporations on bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering, as well as corporate governance, compliance and regulation. Additionally, Brian advises and represents corporate and individual private clients on a variety of issues, including private prosecutions. He prosecutes and defends in serious crime cases, such as homicide, terrorism, money laundering and drugs, fraud and business crime.

In January 2017, Brian was appointed lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. In October 2017, Brian led in the Inquiry’s hearings into allegations (among others) of child sexual abuse by Cyril Smith in Rochdale, and, in March 2019, he led in the Inquiry’s hearings which examined whether there was a culture of deference and tolerance by the political parties and the police towards persons of public prominence in the Westminster establishment.

Brian’s defence work is highly regarded. In January 2019 Brian acted privately for SG who was accused of committing a substantial housing benefit fraud. After a two week trial, SG was acquitted. September 2017 Brian acted for AB who was charged with multimillion pound money laundering offences. Despite the defendant pleading guilty to most of the charges only just before trial, and in spite of the amount said to have been laundered, Brian was able to secure a non-custodial sentence for AB. In June 2017 Brian secured the acquittal of GD, a former senior police chief in Avon & Somerset, who was accused of sexually assaulting women on cross country trains in the West Country. Following a 5 day trial at Bristol Crown Court, the jury acquitted GD of all the charges.  In 2015 Brian was instructed to represent a businessman accused of a large-scale drugs conspiracy, who was subsequently acquitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Brian also represented one of four serving police officers accused of misconduct in public office arising from a high profile murder case in Bristol in July 2013. The officer was unanimously acquitted after a seven week trial just before Christmas 2015.

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