Charlie Sherrard > 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, criminal/civil fraud.


Charlie Sherrard QC:A fearsome advocate! His reputation in murders makes him part of the furniture at the Bailey.” His cross-examination is like missile strikes and just as effective!”. “Dedicated, fastidious and incapable of switching off his brain once he has a case in it”

Much of 2019 will see him defending in single and multi defendant gangland murders, Abuse of Trust fraud and a distressing FGM case. His practice confirms him as one of the go-to silks in Murder, Serious Organised Crime, White Collar Fraud, Private Prosecutions, Regulatory work and a special aptitude in Private Appeals. High profile success was achieved when securing the acquittal of ‘JR’ in what became known as The Pentonville Murder trial in 2017. Other successes were achieved in numerous murder trials including [R v G], a Turkish student murder [R v A] and even when representing an absent Turkish defendant accused of male rape [R v O]. Together with an incredibly busy private appeals practice, [see R v M on young offender manslaughter successful appeal] Charlie’s incredible work ethic and personal attention to detail sees him being continually recommended by word of mouth and professional contacts alike including such briefs as defending the infamous ‘M1 lorry driver’ following Britain’s worst ever road incident [R v M]. Other notable instructions on murder cases in the last two years alone have seen him defend in a Turkish gangland execution [R v YC], a sawn-off shotgun execution in West London [R v OH] and numerous multi handed stabbings in Chelmsford [R v AH], Croydon [R v L], Bromley [R v MS] and others. Since taking silk in 2012, Charlie’s resourceful and powerful tactical expertise, together with a dedicated hands-on preparation and management of cases, has been recognised by continual instruction in a series of high profile and complex fraud cases. Whether it is Financial/Regulatory Crime or General Crime, Charlie is deservedly ranked. Others have remarked how he “Wins plaudits for being a highly switched-on silk whose criminal defence practice spans the range of privately funded and legal aid work. Tax and boiler room frauds feature in his key caseload.” In a highly competitive field, Charlie has bucked the trend by being continuously busy and constantly in demand, so much so that he has been a regular go-to expert for LBC News Radio in the last few years on numerous issues including disclosure in addition to contributing to The Sun as seen following the ‘Ched Evans’ re trial. As soon as he took silk, he gained significant credit and media coverage for his unstinting and powerful defence of Kweku Adoboli [aka The UBS Rogue Trader] when taking on the might of the Swiss Bank and securing unexpected acquittals on all false accounting counts despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence. Another notable client, unpopular with many, but successfully acquitted of a large scale income tax fraud, was Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson [ex leader of the EDL]. Success in the white collar field has seen him successfully secure the acquittal of Stuart Jones, son to Sir David Jones, in the fraud and feud arising out of the capital raising by the board of JD Sports. Similar success in the white collar field has been achieved in Carousel Frauds in Liverpool [Operation Forbear] securing the only acquittal in the whole operation, and not guilty verdicts for a solicitor said to be at the heart of a fraud on the Olympic Development Authority [Operation Cavalcade] in a long running fraud trial at Southwark. In the Regulatory field, Charlie has been retained as Counsel by a leading international firm of private investigators in addition to a firm of liquidators and tennis coaches appearing before the LTA. His advice has covered such diverse areas as Inquests, Cyber Crime, Sports Law and an increasing number of Private Prosecutions.


Called 1986.
Chairman of pupillage committee and in-house advocacy training.
Appointed a Chambers director in 2008.
Direct Access registered
Vulnerable Witness Trained


Criminal Bar Association, Middle Temple, Bar Lawn Tennis Society


University College School; University of East Anglia (LLB).


Campaigner against Anti Semitism and other hate crime.
Tournament and club tennis player still looking to play at Wimbledon