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

Serious crime, criminal/civil fraud.


All areas of criminal defence work undertaken. Stephen has led a number of cases, including large-scale drug importations and conspiracies to launder money. Instructed as junior defence counsel in trials concerning: conspiracy to murder, murder, large-scale drug importations, rape and sexual assaults, conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud, theft, endangering safety of aircraft, and human trafficking. Instructed as sole defence counsel in trials concerning mandatory life sentences, human trafficking, money laundering, violence (including attempted murder, aggravated burglary, GBH (ss18 and 20), false imprisonment, firearms, armed robbery, robbery, threats to kill, riot, violent disorder and child cruelty), indecency (including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and gross indecency), dishonesty (conspiracy to steal and all theft act matters, blackmail and perverting the course of justice), fraud (including conspiracy to defraud, DSS, false accounting and car ringing), drugs (including large-scale importations, conspiracy to supply and possession with intent) and asset forfeiture (DTA 1994, CJA 1988, POCA 2002). Recent notable cases: R v Papy ONINA (CCC) rape of autistic child; R v Ronald Harrison [2004] EWCA Crim 494; [2004] EWCA Crim 1792 (CCC and C of A) murder, similar fact evidence; R v Rawson Watson (CCC), theft of £1.5m and endangering aircraft – ‘Mile Heist Club: James Bond – man hidden in lining of cargo hold’; R v Ashley Pryer [2004] EWCA Crim 1163, submission of no case – principle of ‘plums and duff’; R v Alfred Henderson (Southwark Crown Court), £3m money laundering, bureaux de change – abuse of process – PII – Butterfield Report re: HM Customs conduct; R v Andrew Hunter (Bristol Crown Court), £62m/700kgs cocaine importation; R v Victor Dark (Norwich Crown Court), conspiracy to murder, murder (‘bad character’: autobiographical references to ‘How to Rob Banks and Influence People’ and television documentary ‘Hard Bastards’); R v Peter Blake and Others (Central Criminal Court) conspiracy to rob £1.75m from Heathrow Airport; R v Gareth Davies (Central Criminal Court), murder of Harrods shop assistant Egeli Rasta – jogger on Mitcham Common; and R v Lea Rusha and Others (Central Criminal Court), conspiracy to rob Securitas, Tonbridge, Kent of £53m.


Called 1997.


Criminal Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit; Gray’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Moses QCFurnival ChambersStephen commands the respect of both his peers and Judges; he is truly accomplished and inspires confidence in his lay and professional clients that he will advance a case effectively and to the best advantage. He is hugely experienced and has featured in some of the most serious and high profile cases in the country. I would have no hesitation in describing him as a highly skilful barrister that Junior lawyers will always learn from.

Furnival Chambers is ‘a very solid criminal set‘ with ‘talented individuals‘, who mostly defend but also handle complex prosecution cases. Stephen Moses QC and Ben Gordon represented two police officers who were accused of the gross negligence manslaughter after a female prisoner died by suicide whilst they were on duty; both defendants were acquitted. On the prosecution side, Shannon Revel was instructed as junior counsel by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prosecute seven members of the Hell’s Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs in Slough for the premeditated attack on a rival club; all defendants were convicted. In 2020, Frida Hussain QC took silk.