Jon Swain > Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Serious crime, criminal/civil fraud, regulation/compliance.


Specialises in criminal law, especially large scale drugs cases, white-collar fraud and money laundering. Lead for both defence and prosecution in a variety of such cases. Has also led for defendant in murder trial at Central Criminal Court, obtaining not guilty verdict. He has featured each year in recent editions of ‘Chambers’ legal directory as one of the leading juniors in London. Regularly appears in major court centres in other cities, such as Leeds, in major trials. Experienced in multi-defendant cases involving murder, drugs, armed robberies, fraud, money laundering and other serious crime. Also experienced in cases involving sexual allegations, utilising television links. Able to case-manage complex trials. Cases include: R v Ince (2008), defendant acquitted of attempted murder of wife by strangulation, issue being intent to kill; R v Blake (2007), large-scale, multi-defendant conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; R v Webster (2006), a three-month trial of nurse accused of theft of controlled drugs from the Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Crown Court; R v Phillips and others (2005), represented corrupt Customs and Excise officer in major diversion fraud, £3m duty evaded, Southwark Crown Court; R v Balasubramaniam Uthayathas and others (2004), three-month multi-defendant murder trial, Central Criminal Court; R v Hughes and others (2003), two-month multi-defendant drugs trial, Winchester Crown Court; R v Gangar and others (2003), multi-defendant money laundering case, Wood Green Crown Court; R v Capitano and others (2002), four-month multi-defendant drugs trial, Bradford Crown Court; R v Sayed and Hamilton-Farrell (2001), prosecuted advance-fee fraud (Ponzi type) with associated mortgage frauds. These are examples of major cases undertaken during last ten years. Particular interest in cases involving scientific evidence to utilise knowledge in this area.


Called 1983.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Jon SwainFurnival ChambersHe defends and prosecutes in murder and drugs cases.