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Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC), David Durose, London, ENGLAND

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David Durose

Work 020 7405 3232
Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC)

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Serious crime, criminal/civil fraud, regulation/compliance, asset forfeiture.


David Durose has a criminal practice which focuses on prosecuting cases of complex fact and law, particularly fraud, corruption, money laundering and drugs conspiracies; almost always with multiple defendants and often defended by those in silk. He is a member of the Grade 4 CPS Advocacy panel.

He has a particular interest and expertise in financial crime and regulatory offences, and has appeared in cases covering diverse areas of fraud including banking fraud, mortgage fraud, boiler room fraud (shares, coloured diamonds, rare earth metals etc), MTIC carousels and advance fee fraud. He also prosecuted the first professional cricketer to be charged with “spot-fixing” during a county cricket match.

David is also frequently instructed in advice work, especially in relation to the consideration of charge in high profile cases of corruption, money laundering and large scale fraud. He has recently advised in matters regarding the potential prosecution of individuals such as police officers of the highest ranks and serving and former MEPs, and is currently advising in Operation Vanbrugh, a £50m Ponzi scheme.

He is instructed to advise and provide representation for the defence, particular in relation to cases and situations involving unusual aspects of allegations of financial crime. He has experience in advising professionals in respect of third party LPP issues and other such technical aspects of criminal law and procedure.

Recent significant cases include:

Operation Stagecoach: David led for the Crown in a four-month trial relating to a large-scale boiler room fraud involving the dishonest selling of rare earth metals as an investment via dozens of separate boiler rooms to hundreds of victims, to a total value in excess of £7m. All four defendants were convicted after trial, receiving substantial sentences.

Operation Rosewood: David led for the Crown in the prosecution of eight defendants relating to the fraudulent manipulation of mobile telephone contracts, which cost the mobile networks many millions of pounds.

Operation Zico: David led for the Crown in the prosecution of several linked cases including Cash for Crash fraud and Conspiracies to Pervert the Course of Justice, in which serving police officers took key roles in the crimes.


Called 1996.

London Bar

Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – 2019 silks

David Durose QC - Furnival ChambersExtremely bright and very effective.

Within: Fraud: crime

Furnival Chambers handles a range of work, from heavyweight cases to matters handled by individual juniors. Annette Henry QC represented a solicitor who was convicted in the Operation Amazon case. David Durose led for the crown in the trial of four defendants involved a number of boiler rooms known as Denver Trading, which generated £8m in under a year through the fraudulent sales of rare earth metals; the defendants received combined prison sentences of 29 years.

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