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Brian Altman QC

About Brian Altman QC - Barrister

London chambers: 2 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4BU
www.2bedfordrow.co.uk

Brian was born in August 1957, one of twins. His brother is a surgeon. He was educated at a comprehensive school in Chingford, after which he studied law at King’s College, London, and European law at the University of Amsterdam, before going on to become a barrister in 1981. In 1997 he was appointed Treasury Counsel (or Standing Counsel to the Crown at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey)), where he rose to become Senior Treasury Counsel and then First Senior Treasury Counsel (between 2010-2013). He became Queen’s Counsel (“QC”) in 2008. In January 2017 Brian was appointed lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and in October 2017 led in the investigation hearings on Rochdale and the late, former MP, Sir Cyril Smith. 

Brian has proved himself an exceptionally talented barrister, who delivers remarkable results. His ability to understand complex financial data and processes makes him an ideal choice for businesses and high net worth individuals seeking a barrister for advice and representation on major corporate fraud, bribery and corruption cases.

Brian is consistently ranked highly in the most authoritative legal listings, notably he was listed as one of the top 47 standout barristers in the field of criminal fraud by Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2018, and named as one of the experts in the field by the 2018 Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers. The Legal 500  consistently rates Brian in the top tier for Crime Silk as well as being listed for Business and Regulatory Crime. He has been prominent in the Chambers Bar Guide, and is ‘top ranked’ in both their ‘Crime’ and ‘Financial Crime: Corporate’ sections where he is “admired for his supreme attention to detail”. He has been listed by The Times as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential lawyers. The London Evening Standard has described him as one of London’s Top 3 ‘Legal Eagles’ (crime) and one of the capital’s most influential people.

Because so many of Brian’s cases have been widely reported in the press his opinions are much sought after by the media. He was filmed and interviewed in the BBC4 series “The Prosecutors” which featured the historic case of R v Ash-Smith (see Notable Cases). A CPS spokesperson described Brian as “one of the leading barristers in the country” and said “He is just the type of barrister you would want for a case like this as he is able to bring all the circumstantial evidence for it together and present a very compelling case for the prosecution”.

A Channel 4 online article described Brian as ‘an expert cross-examiner, breaking down the hardest of the hard men with patient, remorseless logic, trapping them with their own lies.’ For more about Brian’s cases in the media, click here.

Brian is married with four children, and lives in west London. His pastimes include fitness training, walking, scuba diving (he is qualified as a PADI rescue diver), and music.

Professional Memberships

South Eastern Circuit.  http://southeastcircuit.org.uk/
Criminal Bar Association. http://www.criminialbar.com/
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. http://www.ardl.org.uk/

 Linkedin

Call Brian Altman QC on 020 7440 8888 or email: clerks@2bedfordrow.co.uk

 

 

Brian Altman QC

Career
1981
Called to the Bar by Middle Temple

1997 - 2002
Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court

2002 - 2013
Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court

2010 - 2013
First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court

2003
Recorder of the Crown Court

2008
Queen’s Counsel 

2010
Bencher of Middle Temple

2017
Appointed leading counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

Education
1980 – 1981
Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course

1978 – 1979
Universiteit van Amsterdam / University of Amsterdam Dip.Eur.Int., European Law

1975 – 1978
King’s College London, University of London LL.B., Law