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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

Furnival Chambers has ‘a very good reputation’ for crime and extradition thanks to having ‘a strong list of very capable and experienced counsel’. It is able to offer ‘a wide spectrum of counsel capable of dealing with small scale drugs cases to large scale frauds’. In recent news, Caroline Haughey QC was awarded an OBE for her public service. Strengthening chambers, Julia Smart and David Durose took silk in 2019, while Sam Stockwell joined from Church Court Chambers, Rishy Panesar moved from Charter Chambers, Joanna Staples joined from Drystone Chambers, and Sahara Fergus-Simms arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Leaving chambers in the past year, James Stansfeld joined Matrix Chambers and Lisa Wilson-Taylor went to 25 Bedford Row. Senior clerk Stephen Ball and first junior Joel Mason lead the clerking team, which is described as ‘polite, courteous, and reliable; always going the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers continues to handle a range of matters, including highly complex cases, for both the defence and prosecution. Philippa McAtasney QC represented a man who was acquitted of the murder of his mother, after police found her decomposed body in their shared home – he was convicted of manslaughter. Another defence highlight included 2019 silk appointment Julia Smart QC representing an 83-year-old woman with dementia who received a hospital order after stabbing her 85-year-old husband. Two of the set's silks have been involved in prosecuting legal firsts: Caroline Carberry QC and Joel Smith prosecuted in the first Female Genital Mutilation Act prosecution resulting in a conviction, while Caroline Haughey QC prosecuted the first child labour exploitation case under the Modern Slavery Act, concerning five Vietnamese girls who were trafficked to operate a nail bar. Lucy Tapper joined the set in May 2018 after a stint as an in-house advocate at Reeds Solicitors, where she was a director.

Leading Silks

Philippa McAtasney QC - Furnival ChambersAn impressive cross-examiner who can adapt her questioning technique to deal with both lay and expert witnesses.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival ChambersIn court he is a real fighter.

Ranked: tier 3

Caroline Carberry QC - Furnival ChambersHer approach to cross-examination is always focussed on the right issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Cockings QC - Furnival ChambersHis speeches are the epitome of silky smoothness.

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Blunt QC - Furnival ChambersHe defends in the most serious cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moses QC - Furnival ChambersHe defends in sex and violence cases.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Caroline Haughey QC - Furnival ChambersA true leader in some of the most sensitive and complex cases.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Julia Smart QC - Furnival ChambersHer closing speeches are compelling.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexia Power - Furnival ChambersShe captures the attention of the jury with incredible skill.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Morgan - Furnival ChambersWhen cross-examining experts, he has a disarming style that is very effective.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Gordon - Furnival ChambersOutstanding counsel who should not be underestimated by any opponent.

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Harris - Furnival ChambersAlive to various issues and always thinking laterally.

Ranked: tier 3

Jon Swain - Furnival ChambersHe defends and prosecutes in murder and drugs cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersOrganised and thorough with a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Lucy Tapper - Furnival ChambersShe has an excellent manner with clients and juries warm to her.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fraser - Furnival ChambersHe has great insight into a case and an ability to look beyond the obvious

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas James - Furnival ChambersHe has an engaging personality and excellent rapport with lay and professional clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Furnival Chambers

At Furnival Chambers, the team's workload includes MTIC and VAT frauds, boiler room cases, carbon credit frauds and Ponzi schemes. Strengthening the fraud team at the senior end, 2019 saw David Durose QC take silk.

Leading Silks

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival ChambersA perfect blend of intelligence and hard work.

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Cockings QC - Furnival ChambersHis speeches are the epitome of silky smoothness.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

David Durose QC - Furnival ChambersAn incisive and talented prosecutor who knows his papers back to front.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Nicholas James - Furnival ChambersAn advocate with an unperturbed manner but a steely resolve.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers has 'a very good reputation, especially in extradition', according to instructing solicitors. Of particular note, Amanda Bostock acts for the Bulgarian authorities (via the Crown Prosecution Service) in a request for the extradition of an individual for an alleged murder committed in 1999. As the individual was previously arrested for the alleged murder, the case concerns issues of double jeopardy grounded in CJEU case law.

Leading Juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersA first-rate junior with an incisive mind.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Hearn - Furnival ChambersA class act.

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Bostock - Furnival ChambersShe quickly grasps the key issues of a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Julia Farrant - Furnival ChambersVery approachable, and incredibly thorough in her case preparation.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Brown - Furnival ChambersVery sharp, experienced and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Furnival Chambers has ‘a very good reputation’ for crime and extradition thanks to having ‘a strong list of very capable and experienced counsel’. It is able to offer ‘a wide spectrum of counsel capable of dealing with small scale drugs cases to large scale frauds’. In recent news, Caroline Haughey QC was awarded an OBE for her public service. Strengthening chambers, Julia Smart and David Durose took silk in 2019, while Sam Stockwell joined from Church Court Chambers, Rishy Panesar moved from Charter Chambers, Joanna Staples joined from Drystone Chambers, and Sahara Fergus-Simms arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Leaving chambers in the past year, James Stansfeld joined Matrix Chambers and Lisa Wilson-Taylor went to 25 Bedford Row. Senior clerk Stephen Ball and first junior Joel Mason lead the clerking team, which is described as ‘polite, courteous, and reliable; always going the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Craig Harris - Furnival ChambersClearly very experienced and comfortable in sports disciplinary proceedings.

Ranked: tier 3

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