Brian Altman QC Testimonials

Brian Altman QC - Testimonials

Brian Altman QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers, with an unrivalled reputation for his excellent legal and strategic advice and the results he achieves at trial and in appellate courts as both prosecuting and defence counsel. He has also been highly commended for his work as lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). Brian was featured in The Times on 17 December 2020 as their Lawyer of the Week for his work as lead counsel to this Inquiry.

​”Brian Altman QC is a stalwart of the criminal Bar who has attracted significant attention and commendation for his work at the helm of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.”  “He is a force of nature. He is extremely driven and hard-working.”  “He brings all the forensic ability of one of the the great criminal practitioners into the inquest arena.”  
Chambers Bar guide for 2022 (Inquests & Public Inquiries)

“He is always on top of the facts and brilliant in his lateral thinking. His advocacy is second to none in terms of the way he cross-examines and conveys his points.” ” Brian makes himself available and brings a lot of gravitas to the case” “So hard-working, he understands the issues and gets to the point.”
Chambers Bar guide for 2022 (Crime)

“Brian is hugely experienced, strategically astute, has impeccable judgement of risk and commands the respect of both the client and judiciary. An inspirational leader who demands high standards of himself and others. He is a role model in his capacity for hard work, attention to detail but never losing sight of the big picture.”
Legal 500 2022 (Business and regulatory crime, including global investigations)

“Brian is unstoppable. Like a steam-roller, once he’s set his course, he won’t deviate from his path and will crush anything that gets in the way. He has an absolute wealth of experience in dealing with the highest profile cases.”
Legal 500 2022 (Crime)

“Brian is formidable. He sets high standards for all involved and has complete mastery of the detail of a case. Nothing gets past him and he is very effective in his advocacy in the role of counsel to the inquiry.”

Legal 500 2022 (Inquests and Inquiries)

“A class act. Very well prepared and in control of proceedings.”
“He leaves no stone unturned and is a first-class advocate.”
“He’s a stunningly good cross-examiner. He’s a regular prosecutor at the Old Bailey and brings that skill to this work. He’s unquestionably at the top of his game.
Chambers Bar guide for 2022 (Inquests & Public Inquiries)

“He is an absolutely top silk and is very determined.”
“Fearless in his approach to cases.”
“A real class act who displays huge attention to detail.”

Chambers Bar guide for 2021 (Crime)

“A leader who cuts through to the essence of a case. When you instruct him, he inspires huge confidence. A true luminary. Above all, in heavy business and regulatory crime and investigatory cases, he is truly fearless.”
Legal 500 2021 (Business and regulatory crime)

“A real heavyweight at the Criminal Bar. He is very hard working and hard as nails. His attention to detail is excellent but does not stop him from making the broad points in a jury-friendly manner.”
Legal 500 2021 (Crime)

“Strategic nous and his judgement is impeccable. He works incredibly hard and delivers, and is someone you can trust with absolute confidence on a difficult case.”
Legal 500 2021 (Inquests and Inquiries)

“He’s been precisely what the Inquiry needed: he’s an extremely competent leader who really puts the hours in and has been able to step in and calm everything down.”
“He deserves credit for his steady stewardship of the Inquiry and for being hugely effective in ensuring the investigations culminate in reports which have real value.”

Chambers Bar guide for 2020 (Inquests & Public Inquiries)

​“Pre-eminent silk whose experience as former First Senior Treasury Counsel cemented his status as a highly in-demand prosecutor of some of the most noteworthy murder and terrorism cases of recent years. He now boasts a flourishing defence practice and undertakes work in murder and drug trafficking cases among others. He is also noted for his skill in handling high-profile terrorism cases.”
”Brian’s attention to detail and mastery of the facts is second to none.”
Chambers Bar guide for 2019 (Crime)

“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. His deep expertise in financial crime cases encompasses significant SFO and CMA investigations.”
“A class act. His preparation for hearings is meticulous and ​he shows excellent judgement.”
Chambers Bar guide for 2020 (Financial crime: corporates)

​​​​“One of the most formidable prosecution counsel in the country.” 
Legal 500 for 2020 (Crime) 

​“He has an incredible legal and tactical brain.” 
Legal 500 for 2020 (Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations))

“A very high-quality advocate who is assured and never fails to prepare his cases 100%. Both inquiries and juries are impressed by him as he doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He is an impressive all-round barrister at the top of his game.”
Chambers Bar guide for 2019 (Crime)

“Very bright and very experienced; he’s very good.”
“He is a formidable advocate.”

Chambers Bar guide for 2019 (Financial crime: corporates)

“A master of every detail in complex cases, he is a leading silk for prosecuting terrorism cases.”
Legal 500 for 2019 (Crime (general))

“He has absolute clarity of purpose and gets straight to the heart of any matter.”
Legal 500 for 2019 (Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations))

“Amazingly thorough and someone with an unrivalled attention to detail.”
“If anyone will make it work, Brian will. You can’t stop him.”

Chambers Bar guide for 2018 (Crime)

“His experience as Treasury Counsel gives him an edge.”
Legal 500 2018 (Crime (general))

“International clients highly respect his expertise and insight into how the prosecution reacts.”
Legal 500 2018 (Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations))

“Interviewees praise him for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail.”
“His work is just outstanding and his judgement 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 is deserved”
Chambers Bar Guide for 2017 (Crime)

“Definitely a hard hitter.”
Chambers Bar Guide for 2017 (Financial crime: corporates)

“Your commitment to my case both professionally and personally was top class. I could sense your personal determination to do the best you could, you are clearly an exceptionally talented advocate, both by reputation and watching/listening to you in Court”

“Brian Altman QC is extensively experienced in representing high-net-worth individuals and large corporates, as well as prosecuting for the FCA and the CMA in large fraud cases. According to one peer, “He is extremely influential and carries significant gravitas”
Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2017

“A former First Senior Treasury Counsel who has seen and done it all in terms of handling the biggest criminal cases. Recently, he has been handling a number of cold case murders and complex terrorism charges arising from the Syrian civil war. Commentators admire him for supreme attention to detail.”
“For cold case murders, he is a go-to barrister because he is able to draw together all the small pieces to provide a coherent analysis, and he knows these cases so well that there is nothing the defence can come up with to outfox him. He is completely relentless, extremely personable and a great team player.”
“He is a master of detail who never makes a mistake.”
“I have found him to be incredibly client service-oriented. He is very timely, and never lets us down as instructing solicitors. I haven’t met another barrister who has been as good in terms of client service in my career.”
Chambers Bar Guide for 2016

“Thorough and hardworking; he never makes a mistake”
The Legal 500 (UK Bar), Crime, Leading Silks, 2016

“Confident and charming, especially when handling private prosecutions”
The Legal 500 (UK Bar), Business and Regulatory Crime, 2016

“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”.
CPS spokesperson interviewed on BBC4 documentary series “The Prosecutors”

“Extremely well prepared and thorough in all that he does.”
“No small detail escapes his attention”

The Legal 500 (UK Bar), Crime, 2015

“He is very thorough, very detailed and very focused.”
“He is a top lawyer.He has amazing style in proving his point.”

Chambers Bar Guide for 2015

“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.”
“…when you are alone in the witness box, facing Brian Altman QC, no one can help you.”

Patrick Worrall Channel 4 News

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