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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC

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Furnival Chambers is a leading set specialising in serious and organised crime, including terrorism, sexual offences, financial crime, asset forfeiture, extradition and regulatory/disciplinary cases. It boasts Oliver Blunt QC and Sally O’Neill QC as joint heads of chambers.

The set: Members of chambers are renowned for appearing in high-profile cases for both the prosecution and defence. They appear at trial, in the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council and the Supreme Court, as well as at the European Court of Human Rights and before regulatory/disciplinary panels. Many members undertake high-profile work on behalf of, or against, the Assets Recovery Agency, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Crown Prosecution Service. This is a ‘go to’ set for high-profile, complex cases and those involving issues of novel law. Members also regularly conduct cases in the Commonwealth and in particular the Caribbean jurisdictions.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers enjoys particular expertise in the following fields:

Serious and organised crime: chambers has long been instructed in top-end work at trial and appellate levels, including the first post-Jogee murder appeals, the News International phone hacking (Op Elvedon) trials, the Hatton Garden Jewellery raid, the Stephen Lawrence murder, the Millenium Dome conspiracy, the murders of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, Gordon Semple and Shahena Uddin, the murder of Sarah Payne, ‘Baby P’, the prosecution of Princess Diana’s butler, the £50m Tonbridge robbery, the ‘Witchcraft murder’, significant death row appeals and high-profile Official Secrets Act trials among them.

Terrorism: members have appeared in the trials of the Gloucester shoe bomber, the first Al Qa’eda funding prosecution post-9/11, the Afghan Stansted hijacking, the ‘Ricin’ conspiracy and a number of recent Al Qa’eda and Syria-related cases, together with significant IRA trials in the past.

Sexual offences: chambers’ members have appeared in Operation Yewtree cases, the Aylesbury sex ring case, the prosecution of Rolf Harris, the Deep Cut trial and R v Dica, as well as many serial rapist cases including the ‘West End mini-cab rapist’, the M25 rapist, the Steve Cook trial and cases of historical rape and sexual abuse. Chambers has significant experience in handling LCN DNA evidence and applications on abuse of process.

Financial crime and asset forfeiture: members have appeared in a multitude of high-value fraud and asset forfeiture-related cases, including the UBS rogue trader (Adoboli), Goldman Sachs, R v Wilkins and the first professional cricket ‘spot-fixing’ case. Members have been retained to advise and act for and against the SFO, FCA (FSA), CPS, UKBA, the police, HMRC, and public companies and individuals in international/multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including the Alstom bribery investigation.

Extradition: members of the team are at the forefront of this specialised area of law and have appeared in a significant number of ground-breaking cases. They advise and represent individuals and foreign governments in extradition proceedings at first instance, before the High Court, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Members have advised and appeared in matters involving murder and terrorism accusations, cases concerning the validity of European arrest warrants, refugee status and others including the ‘biggest military computer hack of all time’ into computers at NASA and the Pentagon, Nikonovs v HMP Brixton regarding retention of habeas corpus and the ‘Hound of Hounslow’ flash crash trading case. Charlotte Powell was a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Extradition Law Inquiry and Paul Garlick is an international expert to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation.

Regulatory and disciplinary: chambers has vast experience in dealing with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, including death in the workplace and corporate manslaughter. Members have acted before the GMC, NMC, GOC, SRA and other professional bodies. Chambers handles all nature of hybrid criminal proceedings before tribunals including the coroners court, public enquiries and mental health review tribunals. Members also appear before the Football Association and other sports regulatory panel hearings.

Above material supplied by Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC).

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