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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC
Furnival Chambers
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Practises in crime and extradition, both defending and prosecuting. Criminal practice involves predominantly prosecuting in cases of high profile, serious crime, especially homicide. Appointed junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court in 2017. Extradition practice encompassess acting at all levels from first instance to the Supreme Court representing both foreign governments and individuals facing extradition.


Called 2002.


Criminal Bar Association, Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Joel SmithFurnival ChambersJoel’s work ethic is extraordinary and there is nothing that fazes him. He is intellectually robust and can distill complex and challenging legal concepts into understandable language.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Joel SmithFurnival ChambersA senior and experienced extradition specialist, able to bring advocacy and litigation experience as treasury counsel that few others can match.

Furnival Chambers has ‘an exceptional extradition team, with some of the leading practitioners in the field‘,  including Joel Smith, who is representing a man whose extradition is requested by India, on the grounds that the requested person allegedly entered in to a conspiracy with the Pakistani intelligence services to murder religious figures and political leaders in India as part of a Sikh separatist terror campaign. Nicholas Hearn‘s caseload features complex fraud extradition cases, while extradition specialist Amanda Bostock ‘is a tenacious barrister, with a meticulous eye for detail‘.