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Brian Altman QC is a leading barrister, regularly quoted in the press and top-ranked in the Legal Directories. Media outlets value his unrivalled experience as a former First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, as well as his analytic, practical and intelligent approach to discussing complex or serious legal issues.

Brian is recognised as one the UK’s top barristers in major crime and terrorism, corporate crime, corruption, fraud and money laundering. He also advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of legal issues. Brian’s expertise is much in demand for speeches and for delegations.

In January 2017 Brian was appointed lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Guardian: Brian Altman QC named lead counsel for child sexual abuse inquiry

Daily Mail: Child sex abuse inquiry appoints leading barrister Brian Altman QC as its new top lawyer

Global Legal Post: IICSA locks in new lead counsel to replace Emmerson

The Brief (a Times daily legal bulletin): Altman steps into abuse inquiry counsel gap

Brian Altman QC in the Media

Brian Altman is regularly asked to comment by the BBC and other news agencies, and to speak at educational and other events. Many of his high-profile cases have been intensively covered by major national media outlets, and he is often asked to comment on them.

The case of R v Ash-Smith (see Justice for Claire) was an historic case featured in the BBC4 documentary series “The Prosecutors”, in which cameras were allowed into court buildings for the first time. Brian was interviewed in Episode 3, which followed milestones in the prosecution of the case to its successful conclusion.

The Times said:
“A star-turn of a QC, Brian Altman, destroyed Colin Ash-Smith in the witness box, and turned a circumstantial case against him into a cast-iron one…”

You can see a short clip, featuring Brian, on The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment

Brian also featured in the BBC2 documentary The Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors about the Russell Bishop case (see Babes in the Wood murders), and The Times review of the TV programme.

In “Why there is no courtroom drama like the real thing” for C4 News, Patrick Worrall said of Brian:

“Court reporters sit around and argue over top prosecutors the way that fight fans talk about boxers. Who’s the best, pound-for-pound? We all had our favourites. Mine was Brian Altman QC, vanquisher of Milly Dowler’s repulsive killer Levi Bellfield, among others. Mr Altman is an expert cross-examiner, breaking down the hardest of the hard men with patient, remorseless logic, trapping them with their own lies.”

In 2013 Brian was interviewed by Clive Coleman, the BBC legal affairs correspondent, for the Radio 4 Today programme about his tenure as First Senior Treasury Counsel and the workings of the Treasury Counsel system. Listen to: Behind the scenes at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Brian has been quoted in BBC online articles about televising court proceedings and the value of crime scene forensics in securing convictions.

For more detail on Brian’s experience and background, click here.

Brian Altman QC in the Directories

Brian Altman QC has featured in the legal directories as a leader in his field for very many years and has been nominated for both crime junior and crime silk of the year. 

He is ‘Top Ranked’ in both the ‘Crime’ and ‘Financial Crime: Corporate’ sections of the UK Chambers Bar Guide. He is referred to as a “Pre-eminent silk”. His strengths are quoted as: 

(Crime) “His work is just outstanding and his judgement is 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’s deserved.” “He’s incredibly thorough and hard-working.”

(Financial Crime: Corporate) Having had a long tenure as Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court, he has deep insight into the mechanics of prosecuting criminal cases. He is frequently sought out by global corporations to advise on the potential criminal ramifications of officer conduct and corporate transactions. “He makes sure that he considers an issue from every possible angle before providing detailed, accessible, constructive and definitive advice” “Definitely a hard hitter.” 

The latest Legal 500 Bar listings place Brian in the top tier of Crime Silks as a Leading Silk, and he is also listed in upper tiers of the Business and Regulatory Crime Section. Described as “His experience as Treasury Counsel gives him an edge” in the Legal 500 Crime category and “International clients highly respect his expertise and insight into how the prosecution reacts” in the Business and Regulatory section, Brian has built an exceptional reputation for his detailed approach to complex cases. 

In 2015 Brian Altman QC was selected by ‘Lawyer Monthly’ as the outright winner and recipient of the “White Collar Crime Barrister of the Year – UK” award. The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognise the achievements of law firms, lawyers, barristers with a proven track record in delivering results for their clients over the past 12 months. The awards are divided into individual and firm categories. Each category was selected to represent the diversity of skills and knowledge that the profession has to offer clients across the globe.

Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2017 named Brian Altman QC as one of Britain’s leading barristers for Fraud Criminal, referring to him as “extremely influential and carries significant gravitas” and the 2018 edition, Whos’s Who Legal UK bar 2018, listed Brian as one of “47 standout barristers who are considered leaders in the field of criminal fraud. They are highlighted for their expertise in a range of matters including white-collar crime, money laundering, corruption and regulatory and compliance matters.

Talks and Engagements

Paladin National Stalking Conference
In June 2017, Brian was a keynote speaker at the first national conference hosted by Paladin, and spoke about prosecuting Levi Bellfield both in 2007/2008 and 2011.

Sexual Abuse Claims Seminar
In November 2016 Brian was a speaker at a seminar entitled “Sexual Abuse Claims: Integrated Approaches in a Changing Landscape” hosted by BLM solicitors and 39 Essex Chambers. Brian participated in a discussion on the issue of consent in sexual abuse cases.

Criminal Bar Association Conference – Excellence in Advocacy
On Saturday 13th June 2015, Brian was one of a number of well-known speakers from the Bar and judiciary to address the Criminal Bar Association Conference on “Excellence in Advocacy”.
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Beyond Borders delegation to Oman
In 2014 and 2015 Brian visited Muscat in Oman as a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office-funded Beyond Borders delegation to assist the Attorney General’s Office and Omani Public Prosecutors in workshops on issues of public order and bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and fraud.

FATCA Disclosure Liabilities and Client Confidentiality
On Friday 17th October 2014, Brian gave a talk to lawyers and insurers at the 2014 Meeting of the Swedish International Chamber of Commerce Financial Services and Insurance Group, which was held in London at the offices of DWF Fishburns, on “The UK Approach to FATCA Disclosure Liabilities and Client Confidentiality”.
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Call Brian Altman QC on 020 7440 8888 or email: [email protected]

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