The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

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

Nicholas Hearn

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

Position

Specialist practice areas: serious crime, criminal/civil fraud, serious sexual offences, regulation/compliance, extradition, asset forfeiture, health and safety, immigration, inquests and public inquiries. General crime: Nicholas is regularly instructed in the Crown Court in all areas of criminal proceedings including offences of violence, dishonesty, drugs, sexual offences and frequently accepts private instructions in road traffic proceedings in magistrates’ courts. Nicholas has acted as a lead junior in proceedings relating to allegations of murder and conspiracy to murder at the Central Criminal Court. He has also acted as a lead junior in proceedings relating to the large scale supply of Class A drugs at Kingston Crown Court. Most recently Nicholas has acted as a lead junior at Inner London Crown Court in a historic sexual abuse case. As a junior alone Nicholas’ practice has encompassed offences of grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, robbery, affray and a variety of sexual offences. Highlights have included: R v Hoyte – lead by Sonia Woodley QC in a six-week trial at Inner London Crown Court arising out of allegations of sexual abuse against a youth worker by nine different complainants. R v SG & ors – successful defence of two 18 year olds accused of burglary in circumstances where the defendants were arrested fleeing from the scene of a burglary and the Crown’s forensic expert suggested that there was ‘strong support’ for the contention that footprints found at the scene belonged to the defendants. Both defendants acquitted by a jury. R v BM & ors – successfully defended a mother and two sons in relation to charges of assault PC arising out of a s18 search warrant of their family home. Nicholas received a commendation for his handling of the case by the district judge in his written judgment acquitting all three defendants of all charges. Extradition: Nicholas is a specialist extradition practitioner with a busy defence based extradition practice. He regularly appears before the Administrative Court in extradition proceedings. Nicholas has acted for individuals whose extradition has been sought in relation to offences as varied as murder, sexual offences, people trafficking and drugs importation. Nicholas is available to provide advocacy and advice in extradition proceedings from the initial hearing right through to appeal proceedings in the High Court. Nicholas is currently instructed in a number of extradition proceedings relating to requests under ‘Part Two’ of the Extradition Act 2003. He is currently acting for an individual requested by the Russian Federation for drugs importation and for an individual requested by the United Arab Emirates for an offence of armed robbery. Reported cases: Italy v Ayaz [2010] EWHC 2650 (Admin) – double jeopardy in the extradition context. Regulatory: Nicholas has represented represent defendants facing prosecution by a wide range of prosecuting authorities including the department of work and pension, Media Protection Services Ltd (on behalf of BSkyB) and The Royal Mail. Asset forfeiture: Nicholas appears in civil proceedings for the detention and forfeiture of seized cash, as well as confiscation hearings in the criminal arena. Immigration: Nicholas appears at Asylum and Immigration Tribunals throughout the United Kingdom. He regularly represents immigration detainees in bail applications and appeals against refusals of asylum. Other: before his call to the Bar, Nicholas worked for white-collar law firm, Kingsley Napley, where he assisted in the management and review of disclosure for the second defendant in a four-month trial at Southwark Crown Court, arising out of the collapse of the ‘Independent Insurance Company’ with a loss in the region of £1bn (R v Bright & ors). In 2005 Nicholas completed an internship at the Gulf Region Advocacy Centre (GRACE) in Houston, Texas. GRACE provides free legal representation to indigent individuals on death row in Texas. During his internship Nicholas liaised between office-based lawyers and inmates on death row and assisted with research and investigation in support of appeals against the imposition of the death penalty.

Career

Called 2007.


London Bar

International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition – Leading juniors

Nicholas Hearn - Furnival ChambersA very capable and effective advocate.’

Within: International crime and extradition

For some, Furnival Chambers is ‘a go-to set for extradition law’ that includes a number of juniors, often with strengths in prison conditions cases. James Stansfeld and Nicholas Hearn were both involved in the Supreme Court case of Goluchowski and Sas v Poland, which concerned the level of information required in European Arrest Warrants for persons already convicted.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • New Legislation Reduces Maximum Weekly Working Hours in Korea

    *For better understanding of this article with other graphics , we highly recommend you to visit our firm's website as below. http://www.bkl.co.kr/upload/data/20180410/bkl-legalupdate-2018000410.html#.WsxBYIhuaHs
  • Supreme Court Renders Decision Calling for “Gender Sensitivity” in Sexual Harassment Cases

    Amid the widespread attention that sexual harassment/violence in the workplace has received due to international movements such as the “Me Too” movement, the Supreme Court of Korea has recently rendered a significant decision on the need to reform the judicial system’s approach to sexual harassment cases.
  • Geographical Indications Of Origin In Serbia: Where The Past Fuels The Future

    This article was written by Dragomir Kojić, Partner ⃰, and Tamara Bubalo, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. To see the original article, please follow this link.
  • Striving Towards the Black Gold

    This article was written by Petar Mitrović, Partner ⃰, and Nikolina Kažić, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine To see the original article, please follow this
  • Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant

    The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro.
  • Laying the Foundations: ZF Group Building a Factory in Serbia

    The Karanović & Nikolić team, led by Senior Partner Marjan Poljak and Senior Associates ⃰ Ana Stanković and Ana Luković, advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the project of opening an electric vehicle parts factory in Pančevo, Serbia. The German company, a global leader specialising in the design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry, laid the foundations and began construction on 21 June 2018.
  • Harmonising the GDPR in Mauritius

    Mauritius is the first country in the southern hemisphere to have recently revamped its data protection legal regime by repealing the previous Data Protection Act 2004 (" DPA 2004 ") and adopting a new law, namely the Data Protection Act 2017 (" DPA 2017 ") following the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (" GDPR ") in the European Union. 
  • Listing on the Emerging Companies Market of the Cyprus Stock Exchange

    A.     INTRODUCTION
  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • A closer look at Settled Status for EU citizens

    Following the release of more details of the UK Government’s scheme for a streamlined application process to grant EU citizens in the UK settled status to safeguard their position following the UK’s departure from the EU, our EEA immigration solicitors here at OTS Solicitors take a look at the post-Brexit position for EU nationals and what the settled status scheme entails in more detail.