A Top QC and Leading Criminal Silk

Recommended as a top QC and leading criminal silk, Jim Sturman is recognised as a “leader in the field” in both general crime and fraud by Chambers and Partners. The Legal 500 describes him as “sensational”.

Widely regarded as one of the Bar’s “star performers”, Jim operates at “the highest level” and is listed at amongst the top Queen’s Counsel by Chambers and Partners, and is based at the leading criminal barristers’ chambers at 2 Bedford Row, London.

A leader in the field

In 2014 The Legal 500 ranked Jim in 4 categories, crime (fraud and money laundering/asset forfeiture), business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), and sport.

“A masterful performer in Court, who has a tremendous rapport with clients…A star…A fantastic lawyer…A great communicator and hard worker”
Legal 500

Jim has huge experience of serious crime but his expertise also includes fraud, corruption, health and safety, extradition, Public Inquiries, inquests, terrorism, Judicial Review and advocacy before regulatory bodies, including The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the GMC. He has a focused, down to earth approach which combines with his intellectual ability to put him truly in a league of his own.

Jim is frequently engaged in advising in multi-jurisdictional disputes, advising from within the UK and also willing where required to  travel abroad.  He often appears in International Arbitration where there are corruption/fraud elements involved.

Jim has wide ranging experience of acting for interested parties and witnesses who are summonsed before Public Inquiries; in one notable example Jim acted for Mrs Shipman in The Shipman Inquiry.  He has also advised Companies and individuals as to their rights when summonsed to appear before Parliamentary Committees and various regulators.

“Jim Sturman QC is one of the leading criminal advocates at the Bar and a noted expert in sports law. He handles the full range of serious criminal cases, and was recently instructed on behalf of the chairman of an international oil and gas conglomerate in an investigation and trial concerning alleged corruption by a subsidiary of the conglomerate. Clients report that “he wins cases that he has no right to win” and has the ability to speak to juries and panels “in a language they understand and which produces results.”
Chambers & Partners

Jim advises and lectures on the Bribery Act both in the UK and abroad, and he frequently works with lawyers from foreign jurisdictions, most recently Spain, Switzerland, France, Russia, Italy, the Carribbean and the United States of America.

Jim is also ranked as an industry leader in Sports Law, and has has acted for Chelsea Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, West Ham United, Newcastle United FC, Wigan, Millwall, Wimbledon AFC and numerous individual players and management including Graeme le Saux, Jimmy Hasselbaink, Frank Lampard, Kieron Dyer, Joe Cole, John Terry, Gus Poyet, Mauricio Taricco, Jose Mourinho, Marcel Desailly, Michael Essien, Mido, Robbie Savage, Emre Belozoglu, Jens Lehmann, Robbie Keane, Didier Zakora and Steve Evans.

Jim accepts instructions via direct professional access, and via direct public access in certain limited circumstances. If you wish to discuss retaining Jim then please contact one of his his clerks.