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

Crime Tier 3

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 Juniors

Alexia Power - Furnival ChambersShe captures the attention of the jury with incredible skill.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Fraser - Furnival ChambersHe has great insight into a case and an ability to look beyond the obvious
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
Nicholas James - Furnival ChambersHe has an engaging personality and excellent rapport with lay and professional clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Morgan - Furnival ChambersWhen cross-examining experts, he has a disarming style that is very effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersOrganised and thorough with a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jon Swain - Furnival ChambersHe defends and prosecutes in murder and drugs cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Tapper - Furnival ChambersShe has an excellent manner with clients and juries warm to her.
Ranked: Tier 3

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
Oliver Blunt QC - Furnival ChambersHe defends in the most serious cases.
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
Stephen Moses QC - Furnival ChambersHe defends in sex and violence cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival ChambersIn court he is a real fighter.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

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 Juniors

Nicholas James - Furnival ChambersAn advocate with an unperturbed manner but a steely resolve.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Giles Cockings QC - Furnival ChambersHis speeches are the epitome of silky smoothness.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival ChambersA perfect blend of intelligence and hard work.
Ranked: Tier 3

International crime and extradition Tier 3

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

Nicholas Hearn - Furnival ChambersA class act.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersA first-rate junior with an incisive mind.
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

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 ChambersRishy Panesar moved from Charter ChambersJoanna 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

THE CHAMBERS Furnival Chambers is a leading Criminal set, boasting Oliver Blunt QC and Sally O’Neill QC as joint Heads of Chambers. It specialises in the fields of serious and organised crime, multi-handed and gang related offences, murder, gross negligence manslaughter, terrorism, sexual offences, financial crime and asset forfeiture, extradition and regulatory/disciplinary proceedings.

Members of Chambers are renowned for appearing in high-profile criminal cases for both the defence and prosecution. They appear in the Crown Court, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, Privy Council and Supreme Court, as well as the European Court of Human Rights and before Regulatory/Disciplinary panels. Many members undertake high- profile work on behalf of or against the Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Football Association and other sports regulatory bodies.

A ’go to set’ for high-profile, complex cases and those involving novel law including defending in the first ‘Judge Alone Trial’ (R v Twomey & Ors). Members were instructed in the first modern slavery cases and were involved in the first ever prosecutions for domestic servitude within marriage (R v Ahmed), the first ever prosecution for bribery under the new legislation (R-v-Patel & Others), as well as the first successful FGM prosecution. Members have experience in cold cases and Criminal Case Review Commission applications and also conduct cases in the Commonwealth (in particular, the Caribbean jurisdiction).

WORK UNDERTAKEN Chambers enjoys particular expertise in the following fields:

Serious & Organised Crime: Chambers has long been instructed in top-end work at trial and appellate levels including the first post Jogee murder appeals, the News International phone hacking (Operation Elvedon) trials, the ‘Pentonville murder’ trial, the Stephen Lawrence murder, the murder of ‘Baby P’ , the ‘Witchcraft murder’, the ‘Gypsy Slavery’ case, the successful defence of those tried for the death of a family member following a ‘botched exorcism’, the prosecution of the hairdresser convicted of trying to infect ten men he met on Grindr with HIV, as well as the Sally Challen appeal, to name but a few.

Terrorism: Members have appeared in trials, amongst others, of the Gloucester shoe bomber, the first Al Qa’eda funding prosecution post 9/11, the Afghan Stansted hijacking, the ‘Ricin’ conspiracy, a number of recent Al Qa’eda and Syria-related cases, together with significant IRA trials in the past. They are also instructed in proceedings reviewing Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs).

Sexual Offences: Members have appeared in Operation Yewtree cases, the Aylesbury sex ring case, the prosecution of Rolf Harris, the Deep Cut trial and R v Dica, as well as many serial rapist cases including the ‘West End mini cab rapist’, the M25 rapist, the Steve Cook trial and cases of historical rape and sexual abuse. Individuals have been recognised for their skills in this area, including the recent ‘Barrister of the Year’ award for the work done defending Liam Allen.

Financial Crime & Asset Forfeiture: Members have appeared in a multitude of high value fraud and asset forfeiture cases, including the UBS Rogue Trader Case (Adoboli), Goldman Sachs, R v Wilkins and the first professional cricket ‘spot fixing’ case. Members have been retained to advise and act for and against the SFO, FCA (FSA), CPS, UKBA, the police, HMRC and public companies and high-net worth individuals in international/multi-jurisdictional proceedings, recently including global dividend-arbitrage and withholding tax reclaim investigations and the Alstom bribery investigation.

Extradition: Members of the team are at the forefront of this specialised area of law and have appeared in a significant number of ground-breaking cases. They advise and represent individuals and foreign governments in extradition proceedings at first instance, before the High Court, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Members have advised and appeared in matters involving murder and terrorism accusations, cases concerning the validity of European arrest warrants, refugee status, the ‘biggest military computer hack of all time’ into the computers at NASA and the Pentagon, the ‘Hound of Hounslow’ flash crash trading case, all leading cases on prison conditions and requests from Part II countries, including USA, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait and Bermuda.

Regulatory and Disciplinary: Chambers has a highly regarded regulatory team who provide exceptional representation for professional workers, sports people/ staff, before a wide range of disciplinary tribunals. Chambers has vast experience in dealing with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings before the GMC, NMC, HCPC (including the Morecambe Bay Healthcare Trust case, concerning alleged misconduct of midwives leading to the death of a baby and endangerment of another’s life), GOC and the SRA. Chambers handles all nature of hybrid and related criminal proceedings before the Crown Court, Coroner’s Court (including the London Bridge Inquest), public inquiries and mental health review tribunals. Recent successes include the defence of 2 prison officers charged with gross negligence manslaughter, following the suicide of a vulnerable inmate. Members also appear before Football Association and other sports regulatory authorities, both for the authorities and individuals/teams concerned.

Clerking and Practice Support: Chambers Practice Areas are supported by specialist clerking teams, led by Stephen Ball. The team as a whole is highly regarded and offers a range of counsel of appropriate call for the work concerned. This is an approachable team dedicated to providing the best solutions for client needs.











Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Stephen Ball
Deputy senior clerk Joel Mason
Clerks Leon Muir
Clerks Callum Ratcliffe
Clerks Fred Cross
Members of Chambers BLUNT QC, Oliver (1974)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL QC, Sally (1976)
Members of Chambers CARTER-MANNING QC, Jeremy (1975)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND QC, Michael (1984)
Members of Chambers McATASNEY QC, Philippa (1985)
Members of Chambers SHERRARD QC, Charlie (1986)
Members of Chambers SMART QC, Julia (1993)
Members of Chambers CARBERRY QC, Caroline (1995)
Members of Chambers DUROSE QC, David (1996)
Members of Chambers COCKINGS QC, Giles (1996)
Members of Chambers MOSES QC, Stephen (1997)
Members of Chambers HAUGHEY QC, Caroline (1995)
Members of Chambers CONNOR, Gino (1974)
Members of Chambers LATHAM, Michael (1975)
Members of Chambers HADRILL, Keith (1977)
Members of Chambers BENDALL, Richard (1979)
Members of Chambers HEADLAM, Roy (1983)
Members of Chambers SWAIN, Jon (1983)
Members of Chambers BURTON, Charles (1983)
Members of Chambers DEVLIN, Tim (1985)
Members of Chambers BOULTER, Terence (1986)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Graeme (1987)
Members of Chambers MEREDITH, Chris (1988)
Members of Chambers FORSTER, Timothy (1990)
Members of Chambers SIDDLE, Trevor (1991)
Members of Chambers POWER, Alexia (1992)
Members of Chambers TSIATTALOU, Lefi (1992)
Members of Chambers KEARNEY, John (1994)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Emma (1994)
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN, Frida (1995)
Members of Chambers WINSHIP, Julian (1995)
Members of Chambers FRYMANN, Andrew (1995)
Members of Chambers LEAKE, Laban (1996)
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Adam (1996)
Members of Chambers MANSOOR, Parveen (1996)
Members of Chambers MEEK, Susan (1997)
Members of Chambers MATHER, Nicholas (1998)
Members of Chambers HEARNDEN, Richard (1998)
Members of Chambers SHARMA, Neerja (1998)
Members of Chambers YARROW, Charlotte (1999)
Members of Chambers CRIMMINS, Rhiannon (1999)
Members of Chambers O'CONNOR, Charlotte (1999)
Members of Chambers FRASER, Mark (2000)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Nicholas (2001)
Members of Chambers COHEN, Ross (2001)
Members of Chambers FAPOHUNDA, Kemi (2002)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Joel (2002)
Members of Chambers TAPPER, Lucy (2002)
Members of Chambers STAPLES, Joanna (2003)
Members of Chambers JAMESON, Daniel (2004)
Members of Chambers CHERRETT, Darryl (2004)
Members of Chambers BOUSFIELD, Andrew (2004)
Members of Chambers PANESAR, Rishy (2004)
Members of Chambers FREEMAN, Lisa (2005)
Members of Chambers GORDON, Ben (2005)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Catherine (2005)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Craig (2006)
Members of Chambers JORDAN, Andrew (2006)
Members of Chambers HEARN, Nicholas (2007)
Members of Chambers BOSTOCK, Amanda (2008)
Members of Chambers BURTWISTLE, Claire (2008)
Members of Chambers BALD, Lisa (2009)
Members of Chambers DOHERTY, Oliver (2009)
Members of Chambers SOLLEY, Yusuf (2009)
Members of Chambers FARRANT, Julia (2010)
Members of Chambers MCCANN, Ronan (2010)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN, Sophie (2011)
Members of Chambers STOCKWELL, Sam (2012)
Members of Chambers KNIGHTS, Mandisa (2013)
Members of Chambers SHARPE, Sophie (2014)
Members of Chambers WAYMONT, Christopher (2014)
Members of Chambers BURTON, Hannah (2014)
Members of Chambers ETEMADI, Sadaf (2014)
Members of Chambers REVEL, Shannon (2014)
Members of Chambers HODGE, Tulay (2014)
Members of Chambers FERGUS-SIMMS, Sahara (2015)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Andrew (2015)
Members of Chambers BOESCHE, Iwona (2015)
Members of Chambers GROSS, Edmund (2016)
Members of Chambers BELLAMY, Charlotte (2017)
Members of Chambers SHARPE, Kane (2017)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Charlotte (2017)
Door Tenant CHARLES-REES QC, John (1972)
Door Tenant MOULSON QC, Peter (1991)
Door Tenant PATEL QC, Sandip (1991)
Door Tenant BAUR, Christopher (1972)
Door Tenant MAY, Nigel (1974)
Door Tenant SHAFI, Imran (1996)
Door Tenant GRATTAGE, Stephen (2000)
Door Tenant DUNKELS, Anthony (2002)
Door Tenant FORDHAM, Chloe (2005)
Door Tenant POWELL, Charlotte (2005)
Door Tenant FRANCIS-BANFIELD, Venescia (2005)
Door Tenant HAYDEN, Stella (2009)
Door Tenant ELTON, Charles (2010
Door Tenant SHERIDAN, Kathryn (2014)
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