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


Called 1985 / Silk 2006


Pippa McAtasney is a leading criminal QC with over 30 years’ experience both prosecuting and defending in a broad range of criminal cases.

Pippa is regularly instructed as leading counsel in cases concerning murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences and violent crime. Pippa is particularly proficient in sensitively dealing with young and vulnerable defendants in the context very serious gang crime. She also has expertise in defending those charged with offences involving historic sexual abuse and serious fraud.

As junior counsel Pippa had an extensive practice representing police officers of all ranks at police discipline tribunals and in the Crown Court.

Pippa is a Bencher of Lincoln’s inn and a designated lead advocacy tutor. She is also the Chair of the Surrey and South London Bar Mess.

In addition to her practice, she has acted as legal advisor to television companies. The most well-known being all three series of the BBC legal drama Silk, as well as the series Apple Tree Yard.

Pippa in chambers:

Furnival Chambers continues to handle a range of matters, including highly complex cases, for both the defence and prosecution. Pippa represented Jonty Bravery in his attempted murder of a child, thrown over 100ft from the Tate Modern viewing gallery.



Member of the South Eastern Circuit, the Western Circuit, the CBA and Chair of the Surrey and South London Bar Mess

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Philippa McAtasney QCFurnival ChambersShe is razor-sharp and an unparalleled tactician. A fearless and formidable advocate.

Furnival Chambers is an ‘excellent set‘. The chambers has an established reputation for defence work, however it is equally adept at handling prosecution cases. Caroline Haughey QC continues to act as lead prosecution counsel in the long-running Operation Fort case, involving the trafficking of over 400 people from Poland into the UK. In another matter, Philippa McAtasney QC acted for a the oldest defendantin a multi-defendant trial concerning the death of 18-year-old Clinton Evobta in Camberwell in October 2019.