Brian Coulter



Brian took an Undergraduate Masters degree from the University of Glasgow in philosophy,

then became qualified as an English teacher and moved to Poland for a year to teach.

He then returned to the UK and began law school.

Upon graduating from law school, Brian took a position in the immigration department of Fisher Meredith LLP, one of the foremost human rights law firms in the country. As he wished to practice in criminal law, he then applied for and won a training contract with Powell Spencer and Partners, a firm still ranked in Chambers and Partners as one of the leading criminal law firms in London. During his training contract and his four years post qualification with Powell Spencer, he worked on every kind of criminal law matter, from the lowest level offences to the most complex and serious types of case. He became duty qualified and forged a reputation both among his solicitor colleagues and the barristers he instructed for being extremely hardworking, meticulous in his case preparation, energetic, enthusiastic and able to engender a feeling of security and trust in his clients.

In 2013 he became a founding partner of Alexander Shaw LLP and continues to bring those same qualities to his practice.

Outside of the office, Brian still pursues his interest in both philosophy and psychology, and enjoys both playing and coaching rugby as well as travelling.


  • Crime

  • Landlord and Tenant

  • Immigration

Career history

  • Qualified 2006, (Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers)

  • Queens University, Belfast, LL.B, PG. Dip (computers & law)

  • College of Law, London

  • The City Law School, City, University of London


Professional memberships

  • Accredited Criminal Litigation 

  • Accredited Police Station Attendance

  • Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Notable cases include:

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