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

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

Work Department

Serious Crime, Fraud, Corporate Fraud


Giles Cockings QC is a well-respected Silk in Fraud and Serious Crime. Silk in 2016 having established a reputation for hard work, meticulous preparation. Experience as a defence and prosecution practitioner in serious crime includes gangland Murder, Armed Robbery, Modern Slavery (involved as leading counsel in the 2 largest investigations in UK so far), Money Laundering, Drug Importation; Coroners Inquests. More recently he has established an extensive track record in serious Commercial and White-Collar Fraud. Specialisation within this area includes SFO & FCA prosecutions, Banking Fraud, Insider Dealing, MTIC, VAT, Diversion, “Boiler-room”, Advance Fee, Investment and Corporate fraud, Bribery & Corruption – many involving both criminal and civil proceedings with cross-jurisdictional elements. Having previously worked within the City, he has a good working knowledge of the financial markets and has successfully defended commercial solicitors, company directors and traders within both the criminal and regulatory arenas. These cases have ranged from internal accountancy issues prior to flotation, to issues of bribery and corruption, manipulation of markets and high yield lending frauds. Recently defended the MD of a PLC accused of a £39 million property/ banking fraud. Also, successfully defended in the largest attempted currency fraud perpetrated against the Bank of England; successfully defended a commercial Solicitor (listed in Legal 500) in the SFO prosecution of 6 solicitors charged with £55 million mortgage fraud; successfully defended a Company Director in FCA investigation into international property investment & Swedish credit unions; successfully defended a solicitor charged with fraud perpetrated against the Olympic Development Authority. Also R-v-N; R-v-W (stockbrokers charged with hedge fund investment frauds) and R-v-S, Company Director charged with substantial tax evasion.


Queen’s Counsel 2016; Called 1996 Middle Temple


CBA; SEC; Hon. Soc. Middle Temple


Bedford School; Higher Educ: Bsc (Hons) Reading; LLB (Hons) (London); Hon. Soc. Middle Temple.


Rugby; Motorsport; Fly Fishing

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Giles Cockings QCFurnival ChambersGiles is an outstanding barrister. Highly intelligent and exceptionally hard working, he has the innate capacity to see the wider picture in any trial, so as to advance his client’s case with a tactical precision that is second to none.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Giles Cockings QCFurnival ChambersGiles is an outstanding barrister, highly intelligent and exceptionally hardworking. He sees the bigger picture in any trial, and advances his client’s case with a tactical precision that is second to none. His ability to combine rapier-like skill with wit, humour and charm makes him a devastating opponent.’