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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC
Furnival Chambers
32 FURNIVAL STREET
LONDON
EC4A 1JQ
England

Position

Instructed as a leading junior as well as being led by Queens Counsel. Experienced in all areas of crime particularly cases involving terrorism. alleging charges ranging from murder, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause explosions and offences arising out of the Terrorism Acts. Appeared for the defence in many of the UK’s major high-profile terrorist cases. These include the July 2005 London bombing campaign, the alleged terrorist training camp cases and the transatlantic airline bomb plot. R v Ibrahim & ors: representing one of six alleged bombers in a case arising out of the attempted bombing campaign of 21 July 2005 on the London underground system following the bombing attacks of ‘7/7’. R v H & ors: representing one of two defendants charged with incitement to murder (over the course of two years) in the context of an organised alleged Muslim extremist group operating in and around London. R v D & ors: representing one of nine defendants where charges ranged from incitement to murder and the alleged providing and receiving of terrorist training contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006. 15 defendants were arrested as part of high-profile arrest raids in South London in September 2006. R v Knox & ors: case involving a breach of the United Nations Sanctions order. Allegations involving company trading in breach of (then) UN Serbia and Montenegro Sanctions Order. Not guilty verdict. R v Murray & ors: large-scale undercover police operation concerning conspiracy to rob. A gang of young men was targeting prominent and wealthy individuals in affluent areas of London, following them and causing doorstep attacks leading to theft of jewellery and high-value cars. The total loss was several million pounds. R v Karia: arson with intent to endanger life. Case concerning a security guard employed by a major central London hospital charged with setting a series of fires on hospital premises over a period of several months, culminating in a major fire in the basement causing the hospital to have to be evacuated and losses to the tune of several million pounds. Verdict was not guilty of intent to endanger life. R v Harris: causing harm to baby through ‘baby shaking’. Defendant under disability and all prosecution witnesses as to fact under some form of disability. The prosecution seeking to rely upon a purported confession by the defendant during interview was argued by the defence to be oppressive. The case involved complex medical issues as to causation and injury, and expert evidence as to the exact cause of injury and whether the diagnosis was affected by a pre-existing condition contributing/causing the injury. Not guilty verdict. R v Sadiq & ors: case involving a major public disorder involving the local and immigrant community in Dewsbury involving more than 20 individuals. There were 15 defendants and charges ranged from violent disorder to section 18 assault and intent to cause serious harm falling just short of attempted murder. Weapons ranged from knives to motor vehicles driven as weapons to cause injury. There were complicated issues if identification was involved. The main victim of the disorder was severely injured leaving him wheelchair-bound. All but one of the defendants were found not guilty upon direction of the judge. R v Miah & ors: case involving feuding community factions in Leeds causing major public disorder resulting in two consecutive days of unrest amongst a small community. Offences ranged from public order offences to section 18 assault with intent to cause serious harm and firearms offences. R v Thompson & ors: joint Metropolitan Police and Customs undercover drugs operation concerning the supply of Class A drugs involving covert police surveillance operation. R v White & ors: major undercover police operation involving the supply of Class A drugs on the streets of central London. R v L & ors: armed robbery at two major high street supermarket outlets involving the taking of thousands of pounds using violence and firearms. This was said to be an ‘inside job’ organised and executed by the three members of staff charged. R v Boukadir & ors: multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud banks and other financial institutions, alleged proceeds of which were said to have been sent to the Middle East with suggestion that this was to fund terrorist organisations.

Career

Called 1995; Inner Temple Inn. Accredited advocacy trainer; Pegasus scholar, Inner Temple Scholarship Panel. Lecturing on developments in criminal law.

Languages

Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi.

Memberships

CBA; Inner Temple.

Education

University of Huddersfield (2:1).

Leisure

Reading, theatre, music, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Frida Hussain QCFurnival Chambers

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.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Furnival Chambers has strong expertise in crime, fraud, and extradition matters. In recent news, Harry MacDonald, formerly of Westgate Chambers, joined the set in January 2020 and Frida Hussain QC took silk in March 2020.