Public Inquiries and Reviews
In January 2023, Brian was appointed to the team of counsel advising the Secretary of State for Defence and the Ministry of Defence in the Independent Inquiry relating to Afghanistan, established by the Secretary of State in December 2022. The Inquiry has been set up to examine and report on allegations of unlawful killings by British Army personnel in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013, as well as the adequacy of investigations by the Service Police and alleged cover-up.
In January 2017, Brian was appointed Lead Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) (to see The Times report of the appointment click here). Brian provided strategic and legal advice to the Chair and Panel on all aspects of the Inquiry, as well as overseeing the large counsel team. Brian was Lead Counsel in the Inquiry’s high-profile investigations into Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale, Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse linked to Westminster, The Roman Catholic Church, Institutional Responses to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC and Effective Leadership of Child Protection.
IICSA was set up by the then Home Secretary (the former Prime Minister, Theresa May) in 2015 to investigate institutional responses into allegations of child sexual abuse made against State and non-State institutions in England and Wales. The Inquiry was one of the highest profile and largest statutory inquiries ever to be established by the Government and lasted in excess of seven years.
The Inquiry ended in 2022 when it published its final report on October 2022. The Inquiry has attracted a large amount of domestic and international publicity and continues to do so. See https://www.iicsa.org.uk/reports-recommendations/publications/inquiry/final-report.
Brian was featured in The Times on 17 December 2020 as their Lawyer of the Week for his work as Lead Counsel to IICSA.
In the spring of 2021, Brian was appointed as Lead Counsel to the Brook House Inquiry, whose terms of reference are to examine the mistreatment of detained individuals at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in Gatwick, then run by G4S, which was exposed in a BBC Panorama programme in September 2017.
The Daily Mail – Child sex abuse inquiry appoints leading barrister Brian Altman QC
BBC News – Brian Altman QC named as child abuse inquiry counsel
The Guardian – Brian Altman QC named lead counsel child sexual abuse inquiry
The Brief – Altman steps into abuse inquiry counsel gap
IICSA – Inquiry announces new lead counsel
BBC News – Rochdale inquiry: MI5 told of Cyril Smith abuse case lie
Sky News – Rochdale council leader says he had no knowledge of abuse claims
Manchester Evening News – Rochdale’s council leader was subjected to an excruciating grilling at the child sexual abuse inquiry
The Guardian – Lord Steel says he believed Cyril Smith child abuse allegations
The Daily Mail – Ex Liberal leader Lord Steel admits he knew Sir Cyril Smith abused children
The Guardian – Ex MI5 chief avoided Peter Morrison funeral after child sexual abuse claims
The Independent – Thatcher protected Tory MP suspected of abusing children, MI5 files reveal
The Guardian – Child sexual abuse inquiry criticises lack of cooperation from Vatican
The Guardian – I failed archbishop agrees he shut out victim hears inquiry
The Telegraph – Priests would rather die than break the Seal of Confession
The Daily Mail – The 118m child sex abuse probe finds no evidence of Westminster paedophile network
The Guardian – Lord Steel quits lib dems after child abuse inquiry report
The Guardian – Police and politicians turned blind eye to Westminster child abuse claims report
The Times – Tom Watsons Westminster sex ring claims dismissed by child abuse inquiry
The Daily Mail – Police probing abuse claims against Lord Janner did not question Alzheimers
The Daily Mail – Lord Janner inqury Police CPS missed three chances trial child sex claims
The Daily Mail – Children in care homes did not immediately report alleged sexual abuse by the late Lord Janner
The Guardian – Culture of deference may have protected Lord Jenner abuse inquiry hears
The Guardian – Child sexual abuse in catholic church swept under the carpet inquiry finds
BBC News – Cardinal Vincent Nichols criticised over leadership
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