Appellate Work /Appeals
Successful appeals barrister
Brian Altman QC is a highly successful appeals barrister who has delivered remarkable results in appeal courts up to the Supreme Court. Senior decision makers trust his razor-sharp professionalism and extensive legal experience as a top ‘Legal 500’ barrister.
In March 2021, Brian, instructed by Peters & Peters and leading two other QCs and three junior counsel, appeared on behalf of Post Office Ltd in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in relation to 42 cases referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in what was the largest conjoined appeal ever heard by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (R v Hamilton & Others  EWCA Crim 577).
The appeals all related to individuals who had been prosecuted by the Royal Mail Group and post-2012 by Post Office Ltd between 2000 and 2013 relying on evidence from the Horizon accounting system which has since been found to suffer from bugs, errors and defects. None of the counsel team, nor Peters & Peters, had been involved in prosecuting any of the cases during this period, and were brought in to conduct a thorough review of the cases to ensure proper disclosure was made and to advise on and conduct the appeals. Leading a team of over 60 review counsel, the counsel team oversaw an enormous post-conviction disclosure review exercise (with over 4 million documents subjected to review and substantially over 300,000 pages of material disclosed) to enable the appellants to advance their appeals.
Following advice from the counsel team, the appeals of the 39 successful appellants had been conceded on two different grounds of abuse of process (with four of those 39 appeals conceded on both grounds of abuse of process). Only three of the 42 appeals were opposed on both grounds, and the Court of Appeal upheld all three of those convictions. You can read/download the full judgment here.
Brian and the counsel team have also been advising the Post Office, and continue to advise, on the reviews of hundreds of further convictions in cases prosecuted by Royal Mail Group and the Post Office since 2000.
Other appeal hearings include the case of Robert Ekaireb, an historic missing body murder case, where the QC acting for the appellant was said to have been incompetent, while the landmark Supreme Court judgment in the case of Armel Gnango overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal on a novel and unique issue of joint enterprise and transferred malice in murder.
Call Brian Altman QC on 020 7440 8888 or email: [email protected]
Brian Altman QC is a barrister regulated by the Bar Standards Board