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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC

32 FURNIVAL STREET, LONDON, EC4A 1JQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7405 3232
Fax:
Fax 020 7405 3322
DX:
72 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.furnivalchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Littered with β€˜top end’ barristers, Furnival Chambers is, for some, the β€˜go-to’ chambers for crime, which also offers specialist advocates in extradition and professional disciplinary and regulatory work.β€˜There are some real superstars in the set,’ said one solicitor, β€˜this means my high-profile and difficult cases are covered well, including aspects of returns being dealt with by barristers at the same or even greater seniority than original instructed counsel.’ Senior clerk Stephen Ball has β€˜a unique ability to engender trust in solicitors; he is undoubtedly a credit to chambers and a key part of their success’. First junior Joel Mason is also highly regarded. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Furnival Chambers

β€˜A noted top set with strength and depth throughout’, Furnival Chambers prosecutes and defends in a range of cases across the crime spectrum. Giles Cockings QC represented key defendants in two of the Operation Pottery trials concerning the Rooney family of Irish Travellers, eleven of whom were convicted of luring homeless men into forced labour. As far as prosecution work is concerned, Caroline Carberry QC prosecuted Darryl Rowe, a hairdresser who deliberately infected several men with HIV. Among the junior ranks, Julia Smart represented Liam Allen, a student charged with six counts of rape whose trial was aborted after the CPS failed to disclose messages which undermined its case.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Oliver Blunt QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜He delivers his advocacy in a sublime manner, using his years of reasoned guile.’

Ranked: tier 2

Annette Henry QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜Fearless defence counsel who leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of a good result.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜A fearsome advocate, his reputation in murders makes him part of the furniture at the Bailey.’

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Cockings QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜A skilled tactician and incredibly eloquent, he gives excellent closing speeches.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pippa McAtasney QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜Excellent: she understands complex cases and builds a rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sally O’Neill QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜Particularly adept in dealing with allegations involving a sexual dimension.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moses QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜One of the best young silks around.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Caroline Carberry QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜A very strong and measured advocate who commands attention in court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – 2018 silks

Caroline Haughey QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜A highly respected new silk who excels in difficult, complex modern slavery cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Adam Morgan - Furnival Chambers β€˜His disarming style is very effective for cross-examining experts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexia Power - Furnival Chambers β€˜Much in demand for cases dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Gordon - Furnival Chambers β€˜His advocacy is authoritative, engaging and devastatingly effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Harris - Furnival Chambers β€˜A powerful advocate as much as he is technically able, he is excellent in cases with novel issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joel Smith - Furnival Chambers β€˜An extremely effective prosecutor with an easy manner both inside and out of court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julia Smart - Furnival Chambers β€˜A superb advocate who is liked by juries.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jon Swain - Furnival Chambers β€˜His advocacy is powerful and persuasive, and he really fights for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lisa Wilson - Furnival Chambers β€˜Tenacious, talented and fizzing with a crusading spirit.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fraser - Furnival Chambers β€˜He demonstrates an outstanding ability to consider volumes of evidence tactically.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas James - Furnival Chambers β€˜A very gifted and tenacious barrister who is both personable and eloquent.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers handles a range of work, from heavyweight cases to matters handled by individual juniors. Annette Henry QC represented a solicitor who was convicted in the Operation Amazon case. David Durose led for the crown in the trial of four defendants involved a number of boiler rooms known as Denver Trading, which generated Β£8m in under a year through the fraudulent sales of rare earth metals; the defendants received combined prison sentences of 29 years.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Annette Henry QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜She defends in voluminous fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜Instructed by the defence in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Cockings QC - Furnival Chambers β€˜Eloquent and tactically astute, with great client care.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

David Durose - Furnival Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and very effective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Galvin - Furnival Chambers β€˜Consistently involved in defending cases of significant magnitude with inspiring results.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Harris - Furnival Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate inside and outside the courtroom, with a sharp intellect to gain the best possible result.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas James - Furnival Chambers β€˜Fearless in defending his clients and not afraid of fighting their corner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers includes a number of juniors with strong extradition practices. Nicholas Hearn represents the Kuwaiti government (via the CPS) in its first ever extradition request to the UK, while Joel Smith and Julia Farrant were instructed by the CPS in divisional court case Georgiev & others concerning the ability of the Bulgarian prison estate to comply with assurances concerning prison conditions.

International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced juniors at the extradition Bar – clever and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Hearn - Furnival Chambers β€˜Very well versed in the law, competent and helpful.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Stansfeld - Furnival Chambers β€˜A real star of the extradition Bar – he is always on top of the paperwork.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julia Farrant - Furnival Chambers β€˜A very impressive advocate who is very persuasive and effective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amanda Bostock - Furnival Chambers β€˜She goes the extra mile to ensure clients are given the best advice for their circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Brown - Furnival Chambers β€˜A tough junior who always represents her client’s best interests.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Kieran Galvin - Furnival Chambers β€˜Direct and knowledgable in regulatory proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Littered with β€˜top end’ barristers, Furnival Chambers is, for some, the β€˜go-to’ chambers for crime, which also offers specialist advocates in extradition and professional disciplinary and regulatory work.β€˜There are some real superstars in the set,’ said one solicitor, β€˜this means my high-profile and difficult cases are covered well, including aspects of returns being dealt with by barristers at the same or even greater seniority than original instructed counsel.’ Senior clerk Stephen Ball has β€˜a unique ability to engender trust in solicitors; he is undoubtedly a credit to chambers and a key part of their success’. First junior Joel Mason is also highly regarded. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Craig Harris - Furnival Chambers β€˜Very experienced – articulate and composed, with a good eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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