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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC), David Durose, London, ENGLAND

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David Durose

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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC)

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Serious crime, criminal/civil fraud, regulation/compliance, asset forfeiture.


A criminal practitioner who prosecutes and defends across a wide variety of serious criminal cases and also has substantial experience of all areas of asset forfeiture work. Has a particular interest and experience in financial crime, computer crime and regulatory offences. He has been instructed as junior counsel in a number of serious fraud cases, including SFO company fraud, pension fraud and MTIC VAT fraud. He has also appeared in cases prosecuted by the federation against copyright theft, the department of trade and industry, the occupational pensions regulatory authority, trading standards and other areas of specialist regulatory work. He has recently acted as leading junior counsel for the Crown on the biggest ever graffiti trial in Britain. He also practices across the range of criminal offences and has conducted cases alone of attempted murder, other serious violence, conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, armed robbery, serious sexual offences and large drugs conspiracies. He has particular experience in cases of kidnap derived from Scotland Yard’s specialist kidnap unit. Notable cases include: Operation Vehicle (R v Vass), represented the lead defendant in a £50m computer chip carousel fraud in a trial which ran for six months at Snaresbrook Crown Court; R v Mottram, represented the financial director of a listed company who was charged along with the CEO in a serious fraud designed to disguise an unsuccessful share issue; R v Russell, represented the main defendant in a complex £4m fraud predicated upon the transfer of legitimate occupational pension funds to front companies, allowing clients to access pension funds before the legal age; R v Gorecki & others, prosecuted Fathers For Justice protestors who gained access to a signal gantry over the Waterloo mainline dressed as Santas; R v Harwood, defended client charged as part of a gang who committed more than sixty violent carjackings of high-value vehicles in West London in a two-month period; R v Hammad, Mohammed & Krawczyk, successfully prosecuted alone a SCD7(1) kidnap/false imprisonment in which the main defendant was a millionaire restaurateur, defended by Queen’s Counsel; R v Ncube, Ndebele & Muller, prosecuted conspiracy to defraud in which the defendants were part of a devious £1m conspiracy in which they persuaded people to buy gemstones which were in fact worthless lumps of glass.


Called 1996.

London Bar

Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

David Durose - Furnival Chambers ‘A fair-minded and good-humoured prosecutor, opponents should underestimate him at their peril.’

Within: Fraud: crime

Furnival Chambers is ‘an excellent set with many talented members renowned for being instructed in complex and lengthy cases’. David Durose successfully prosecuted a gang operating a boiler room selling rare earth metals at inflated prices; the four convicted received sentences totalling 29 years.

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