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Name : 2 Bedford Row
Head Of Chambers : Brian Altman QC and James Anthony Sturman QC
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Address : 2 Bedford Row
  Greater London
DX Address: LDE 17
Telephone : 020 7440 8888
Fax : 020 7242 1738

Fraud work
Chambers has experience in acting on behalf of individuals and companies accused of fraud. Members are regularly instructed prior to charge and advise at the investigatory stages on such matters as the seizure of privileged material, legality of search warrants, the approach to be taken upon receipt of orders issued under Sec 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987, and the tactics to be deployed pre-charge. Members of Chambers have been instructed in many of the leading fraud trials of the last ten years including, Maxwell, B.C.C.I., Brent Walker, Wickes plc, Jubilee Line, The Arrows, Allied Resources, W.S.T.C., Bute Mining, Alpine Double Glazing, Resort Hotels, Richmond Oil and Gas, (all S.F.O. prosecutions) as well as a large number of Inland Revenue, D.T.I. and Customs and Excise frauds.

Defence work
Members of chambers are frequently instructed in defence cases where the allegations are sensitive and/or high profile. We are instructed on behalf of various professional bodies to represent their members and are familiar with the demands made of defence advocates by clients. High profile cases include, Tony Martin Appeal, Brixton Nail Bomber - David Copeland, Stone -Chillingden Murders and Stagg - Wimbledon Common Murder.

Prosecution work
Treasury Counsel, and standing Counsel for the Health and Safety Executive, both practise from Chambers. A number of members prosecute on behalf of the S.F.O. and we regularly advise in cases of corporate and involuntary manslaughter as well as Health & Safety prosecutions.

International work
Members of Chambers have appeared in the West Indies, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland. We have been instructed to take evidence on commission in Spain, U.S.A., Switzerland, West Indies, Poland, Holland, Australia and Russia. Several members have been instructed in the Appeal Chambers of the I.C.T.Y. in The Hague. Cases include Tadic, Josipovic, Kupreskic and Jelisic. Chambers have previously defended  a former senior military officer before a Trial Chamber at the I.C.T.Y. Members have also advised in conference in Italy, Dubai, Northern Cyprus, Germany, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Instructions are welcomed from foreign lawyers in relation to cases in this jurisdiction and abroad.  Please contact John Grimmer (Senior Clerk) to discuss the terms and conditions upon which such work is accepted. Howard Godfrey Q.C. is a member of The Bar of The Turks and Caicos Islands; James Sturman Q.C. is a member of The Bar of Gibraltar; both Maura McGowan Q.C. and Bob Neill are members of The Irish Bar and William Clegg QC is a member of the Northern Ireland Bar.

Tribunal work
Members have been instructed to represent clients before the Police Complaints Tribunal and various professional bodies, including The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Public Inquiries
Several members appear regularly in Public Inquiries such as the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, the Shipman Inquiry, the Victoria Climbie Inquiry and the Ashworth Special Hospital Inquiry. Jim Sturman QC appeared before the Turks and Caicos Commission of Inquiry.

Appellate work
A list of recent reported cases in which members have been instructed is shown under Cases on this website. Members have extensive experience in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and frequently advise in references to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Members are also members of the London Panel and appear in the Privy Council pro bono for indigenous petitioners. A number of members are prepared to advise pro bono in relation to domestic appeals.

Forfeiture, confiscation, and money laundering

Members of chambers are frequently instructed in High Court restraint work, either for the Crown or the defendant. We have wide experience in seeking to lift restraint or receivership orders from assets of defendants or third parties to criminal proceedings. Members of chambers act in all confiscation matters, whether following on from trial or instructed purely for the purposes of the confiscation hearing. Members have acted increasingly in money laundering matters.

Health and Safety
Chambers has a number of members who specialise in Health and Safety enforcement. We advise and act for companies, Trade Unions and individuals faced with prohibition notices, potential criminal prosecution and in criminal proceedings in respect of alleged Health and Safety breaches. Members have been involved in high profile cases relating to the oil and gas, gas supply, construction and railway, hotel and catering and leisure industries and the retail trade. We also have particular expertise in railway safety regulation, in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and in gas safety regulations. In addition to appearing for defendant companies, we regularly advise and prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive at all levels including notice appeals in the Employment Tribunal and criminal cases in the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

Sports Law
Chambers has represented individual athletes, football players and clubs, national and international sporting associations and regulatory bodies. Members of chambers regularly appear before CAS, the FA, FAPL, UEFA, FIFA and the regulatory bodies of other sports - such as boxing, horse racing, athletics and rugby. Our experience covers all disciplinary and regulatory matters, including doping. Members of chambers sit as Chairman of FA and RFU disciplinary commissions.

Financial Services Regulation
Chambers have a team with expertise in Financial Services law and practice and offer advice and representation in relation to investigations, tribunal hearings and criminal prosecutions brought under the provisions of the Financial Services legislation. To view further details of our specialist service click here.

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