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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC

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Charles Sherrard

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

Work Department

Serious crime, criminal/civil fraud.


Defended in a number of complex VAT, tax and diversion frauds. Represented Bruce Thomas (Operation Devout) at Northampton Crown Court in VHCC case involving multimillion-pound carousel fraud. He also represented lead defendant, Dean Simons (Operation Capri) in earlier part of same investigation. Leading junior counsel in a number of frauds, including R v Anwar (part of investigation into William Relton & Co). Other high-profile cases included representation in the money laundering trial of Ziya Aksahin under the umbrella of the ‘Karagozlu’ organisation. Most recently acted as leading junior for Osman Yilmaz, part of the money laundering investigation into the activities of the drug dealing empire of Ibrahim Esat. Violent crime: highest-profile appearance was on behalf of William Cockram (Millennium Dome Robbery). Successfully represented Vernon Wood as junior counsel alone in murder trial at CCC. Also successful in representing Andrew Littlechild and Chima Ohazurike in similarly violent cases. Drugs: long-standing representation of Sylvia Allpress as part of ‘Michael Michael’ operation, culminating in successful representation of Jerry Coffey, ‘the lawyer’. More recently acted for John Barton (200 kilos Class A conspiracy) and leading counsel for Warwick McNay and Anthony Mahoney. All of the above included detailed confiscation hearings. Other areas: over the last 18 years, represented defendants in corruption cases, terrorism (as lead counsel in PKK trial 2003), benefit fraud, and most recently leading counsel for Paul Farmer in Operation Athletic (tobacco importation involving corrupt customs officers). Chambers priority: ensuring a smooth running and successful pupillage process whilst providing professional and hands on training. Areas of speciality: white-collar fraud, drugs and violence.


Called 1986. Chairman of pupillage committee and in-house advocacy training. Appointed a Chambers director in 2008.


University College School; University of East Anglia (LLB).

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival Chambers ‘Dedicated, fastidious and incapable of switching off his brain once he has a case in it.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival Chambers ‘An excellent silk, who takes the time to listen to his clients.’

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