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

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London Bar > Crime

Within: Leading Silks -

Philippa McAtasney QC

Furnival Chambers

An impressive cross-examiner who can adapt her questioning technique to deal with both lay and expert witnesses.

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.