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

Work Department

Criminal Defence


Barrister called 2002


Spent 8 years at the Bar before joining a large law firm, as Director and Head of Crown Court Department, as well as conducting own case load.  
Returned to the Bar in May 2018.
Career working within the criminal justice system spans over 25 years.
Specialises in serious crime and sexual allegations.
Pupil Supervisor
Duty Solicitor qualified 
Associate Lecturer – Oxford Brookes University
Guest Lecturer – Santa Clara Law School


Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Women in Criminal Law (Founder Member)


1st Class Degree – LLB (Linnell’s prize for highest marked law degree)
Jules Thorn Major Scholarship (Middle Temple)
Blackstone Entrance Exhibition

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

Within: Leading Juniors -

Lucy Tapper

Furnival Chambers

She has an excellent manner with clients and juries warm to her.

Furnival Chambers continues to handle a range of matters, including highly complex cases, for both the defence and prosecution. Philippa McAtasney QC represented a man who was acquitted of the murder of his mother, after police found her decomposed body in their shared home – he was convicted of manslaughter. Another defence highlight included 2019 silk appointment Julia Smart QC representing an 83-year-old woman with dementia who received a hospital order after stabbing her 85-year-old husband. Two of the set’s silks have been involved in prosecuting legal firsts: Caroline Carberry QC and Joel Smith prosecuted in the first Female Genital Mutilation Act prosecution resulting in a conviction, while Caroline Haughey QC prosecuted the first child labour exploitation case under the Modern Slavery Act, concerning five Vietnamese girls who were trafficked to operate a nail bar. Lucy Tapper joined the set in May 2018 after a stint as an in-house advocate at Reeds Solicitors, where she was a director.