About Brian Altman QC - Barrister
London chambers: 2 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4BU
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. Brian is joint Head of Chambers at 2 Bedford Row.
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.
Call Brian Altman QC on 020 7440 8888 or email: [email protected]
Brian Altman QC is a barrister regulated by the Bar Standards Board
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
Recorder of the Crown Court
Bencher of Middle Temple
Appointed leading counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse
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