Top Serious Crime Barrister

Jim Sturman QC is the first choice for clients accused of the most serious criminal offences. His ranking as a top criminal barrister reflects his expertise in the field, and he is widely considered to be amongst the best barristers when it comes to cross examination and trial advocacy.

Acquittal in historic sexual abuse allegation

Jim acted for X, a man of effective good character with no other suggestion of sexual impropriety who faced trial on a single count that related to an incident 35 years ago. It was alleged X had assaulted a young family member at a party. The jury acquitted X.

Acquittal in causing death by careless driving.

Jim acted for X, a man of impeccable character and a professional driver who was charged with causing death by careless driving after the vehicle he was driving came off a hill top road and caused severe injuries to the accused and to his passenger, who sadly later died. The prosecution case depended on expert [...]

Cyber-crime, corporate espionage and data hacking

Jim acted for a high profile PLC “X” who were under investigation for allegedly employing investigators to access confidential data belonging to business rivals. The data included allegedly hacked emails and other confidential data that were of significance in assessing the rivals business capabilities, and it was alleged that the material was accessed in order [...]

Harassment and drugs charges dropped

Jim acted for the son of a high profile diplomat and entrepreneur under investigation for harassment and other offences including drugs offences. The allegations arose after the break-up of a relationship and involved complaints made about a huge number of postings on social media platforms (What’s App, Instagram and Facebook) where it was alleged that [...]

Woman cleared of drugs supply allegations

Jim acted for X, a woman of previous impeccable character who was cleared of supplying drugs in a nightclub and possession with intent to supply of a larger sum seized on her property during a police raid.

No case to answer in conspiracy to murder trial

Jim secured the acquittal of his client (RD) who was accused of being involved in a plan to shoot a man to death. The Crown alleged that the gunmen had shouted “Rebecca wants you dead” before firing a shotgun at point blank range. At the close of the prosecution case Jim successfully persuaded the trial [...]

Suspended sentence for possession of stun gun

R v X (June 2016): Jim acted for a 61 year old businessman of good character who had been imprisoned for two years for possession of a stun gun. X’s original lawyers advised that there were no grounds to appeal but at the hearing of the appeal the sentence was varied to a suspended sentence [...]

Reduced sentence for conspiracy to supply class A drugs

R v J (April 2016): Jim acted for J (but not at trial) who’s application for leave to appeal had been turned down by the single Judge. Jim was instructed to give a second opinion and at the renewed application for leave to appeal the sentence (for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs) was reduced [...]

Professional footballer acquitted of sexual assault

In the Spring of 2016 Jim acted for X, a professional footballer formerly under contract to a Premier League Club who was acquitted of sexual assault after a 3 day trial in South East England.

R. v. IR

Successful appeal against conviction for a young boy convicted of Terrorism Act offences who had run away from home after announcing he intended to travel abroad for Jihad.

R. v. VK

Successful appeal against conviction for false imprisonment and kidnapping that allegedly related to a dispute over a debt owed to VK by the alleged victim. Conviction quashed on the basis of fresh evidence, did not act at original trial.

R. v. KS

Conviction for causing death by dangerous driving quashed for the improper admission of inadmissible evidence and misdirection in law.

R. v. TW

Conviction for causing death by dangerous driving quashed as a result of misdirection by trial Judge.

R. v. MR

Conviction quashed and 18 year sentence for drugs importation quashed as a result of non disclosure of the involvement of a participating informant.

R. v. DD

Conviction for g.b.h quashed on the basis of non-disclosure and an erroneous direction as regards identification. Did not act at trial.

R. v. JS

Conviction for murder quashed on the basis of misdirection by the trial Judge and pressure being placed on the jury, acquitted at retrial.

R v. SL

Jim did not act at the trial. SL’s conviction for murder of her partner quashed and no evidence offered at the retrial on the basis that when analysed the evidence did not in fact disclose a case to answer, the original conviction in the case has frequently been described as a miscarriage of justice.

Tania Clarence

Jim acted for Mrs Clarence who was originally charged with the murder of her 3 disabled children who suffered from SMA in April 2014. The defence of diminished responsibility was made out as a result of expert evidence that agreed Mrs Clarence suffered from a severe depressive illness and pleas of guilty to manslaughter were [...]

R v DG and other

Jim acted for a young man charged with murder and manslaughter after a brawl outside a night club where the deceased was killed as a result of a single punch to the side of the neck. Convicted of manslaughter and acquitted of murder.

R v. X

Jim successfully defended X who was charged with offences arising out of the phone hacking enquiry (Operation Weeting) into various executives and journalists at News International. The police investigation in to the scandal – dubbed "Hackgate", "Rupertgate", or "Murdochgate" by the press – examined whether employees of the newspaper engaged in phone hacking, police bribery, [...]

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