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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC

32 FURNIVAL STREET, LONDON, EC4A 1JQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7405 3232
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Fax 020 7405 3322
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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC), Craig Harris, London, ENGLAND

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Craig Harris

Tel:
Work 020 7405 3232
Email:
Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC)

Work Department

Serious Crime; Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture; Regulatory and Disciplinary; Football Association Commission hearings; Licensing; Extradition; Costs

Position

Call: 2006

Ranked as a leading junior by The Legal 500, for his "high aptitidue for dealing with thorny arguments".

Acknowledged for his “boundless knowledge” as a contributor to Young, Summers & Corker on Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings (Bloomsbury, 3rd ed). 

Career

Expertise includes:

  • Serious crime, including murder and organised crime
  • Restraint, asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings
  • Recovery of private costs in the criminal courts
  • Disciplinary tribunal proceedings, including sports tribunals
  • Regulatory and driving offences
  • Licensing committee hearings
  • Extradition proceedings

Has conducted cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the UK Supreme Court (leave proceedings), and is regularly instructed in the most serious and complex criminal matters before the Court of Appeal and at trial.  He also appears before disciplinary tribunals, representing high-profile individuals and the Football Association.

Recently:

  • Retained in $billion international, multi-jurisdictional dividend arbitrage/withholding tax proceedings in Dubai
  • Instructed in high profile disciplinary proceedings before the Football Association (for the FA) concerning a Premier League player's suspension
  • Acted for the first Defendant in the murder of Shahena Uddin
  • Defended in Operation Brutus; drug trafficking by an organised crime group
Other notable cases:
  • The Surjeet Singh killing (2014)
  • The Reece Menzies murder (2013)
  • R v Robinson-Pierre [2013] EWCA Crim 2396 - seminal case concerning strict liability under the Dangerous Dogs Act
  • Harkins and Edwards v the UK (European Court of Human Rights, 2012) - On whether life imprisonmnet without parole in the US violates A.3 of the European Convention
  • Representation of Thomas Hitzlsperger, Derek Chisora, Eric Hall, Franz Drameh
Please see counsel's Chambers website for more details of notable cases.

SERIOUS CRIME & ASSET FORFEITURE

A criminal defence specialist.

Regularly appears in cases of murder, kidnap, serious violence, firearms, large-scale drugs operations (including ‘Europe’s largest drugs conspiracy and the UK’s largest importation), arson, serious sexual offences and offences of dishonesty, including fraud and proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

Expertise includes:

  • Complicated conspiracy cases, centring around Organised Criminal Networks
  • Defending sensitive cases involving informants and Public Interest Immunity-protected material
  • Significant Trading Standards and Local Authority prosecutions
  • Sensitive cases concerning sexual conduct and related matters
  • Advising independently on appeal following criminal conviction
  • Applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Experienced in conducting all ancillary proceedings that arise particularly out of drugs, fraud, money laundering and other dishonesty cases and has contested multi-million pound confiscation proceedings, forfeiture applications and applications for disqualification of directors.

Also experienced in dealing with cases concerning the mental health provisions and historial allegations.  He has conducted cases centring on fitness to plead, not-insane automatism and insanity defences, and cases involving young and vulnerable defendants and witnesses.


SPORTS DISCIPLINARY 

Appears regularly before Football Association Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Board hearings.  Recent cases have included:

  • A high-profile Premier League player’s appeal against suspension – the “Battle of Stamford Bridge” (Chelsea v Tottenham, 2015/16 season)
  • Multiple on and off-field disciplinary matters
  • Violations of the “insider” betting regulations

CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Has appeared before:

  • Licensing Committee hearings
  • Disciplinary tribunals
  • The County Court
  • The Coroner’s Court

Is available to conduct site visits and provide advice at all stages of the licensing process, from the application and renewal stage through to breach and revocation proceedings.


PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

Acknowledged contributor to Young, Summers & Corker on Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings (Bloomsbury, 3rd ed.)

Policy Knowledge Event Lecture: A New Strategy to Tackle Dangerous Dogs – Assessing the Reforms to the Dangerous Dogs Act, May 2015

Member

Middle Temple, 2006; Criminal Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit; LSE Alumni network

Education

London School of Economics & Political Science, Law LLB, 2005


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