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Furnival Chambers Offices
32 FURNIVAL STREET
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Practices 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 Supreme Court representing both foreign governments and individuals facing extradition.
Criminal Bar Association, Defence Extraditio Lawyers’ Forum.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1
Furnival Chambers houses ‘a strong extradition team‘ made up of ‘talented practitioners‘, including the ‘formidable‘ Catherine Brown who successfully defended the requested person in Hoxhaj v The Government of Albania. The case concerned an extradition request that was made for the individual for alleged offences of murder and attempted murder linked to a historical blood feud in Albania in 1996. The ‘methodical‘ Nicholas Hearn is described as having ‘an encyclopedic knowledge of extradition law and an analytical approach to cases which lets him quickly distill the important points‘. ‘Talented and able advocate‘ Joel Smith combines being junior treasury counsel with an extradition practice spanning high-profile cases which includes being a member of the legal team representing the USA which is seeking the extradition of Julian Assange. ‘Tenacious and approachable‘, Amanda Bostock is well-respected for prosecution work, in particular, due to her ‘robust cross-examination skills‘.
Joel Smith –Furnival Chambers ‘Joel is a superb advocate of real integrity and outstanding talent. He will clearly reach the very top of the profession. He is great to deal with, responds promptly to queries, has an instinctive understanding of the dynamics between different parties in each case and uses this to great effect. His knowledge of the law is excellent and it is always a pleasure to be in a case with him.’