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Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC

32 FURNIVAL STREET, LONDON, EC4A 1JQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7405 3232
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Fax 020 7405 3322
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72 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.furnivalchambers.co.uk

Joel Smith

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

Position

All areas of criminal work undertaken, both defending and prosecuting. Joel is ranked as a ‘leading junior in extradition’ in Chambers & Partners (2009). Experienced in criminal, confiscation and extradition matters, including matters in the Court of Appeal, High Court and judicial review. Regulatory law practice includes environmental protection, health and safety matters, and local government prosecutions. Regularly appears in extradition proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and High Court, representing both individuals and foreign governments. Cases include allegations of rape, murder, terrorist offences and large-scale fraud. Also experienced in prison law, including prison adjudications and parole hearings, advising on prisoner’s rights and judicial review. Recent cases include: Hall v Government of Germany [2006] EWHC 462 (Admin), provisions of s2 of the Extradition Act 2003; Prenga v Government of Albania [2006] EWHC 1616 (Admin), Albanian citizen allegedly tortured into confessing to murder; Stepp v Government of America [2006] EWHC 1033 (Admin), junior counsel, American citizen accused of multiple rapes, arguments re speciality and abuse of process; Nikonovs v Governor of HMP Brixton [2006] 1 WLR 1518, [2006] 1 All ER 927, DC, continued existence of habeas corpus in proceedings under Extradition Act 2003; Government of the United States of America v McKinnon (2006), junior counsel for the Government of America, large scale computer hacking; Regina v Skinner (2004), second junior to the Crown, sex attacks at the Deepcut army barracks; R v Bubliauskas and others (2006-07) junior counsel for the Crown in trials concerning conspiracies to import and supply firearms arising out of operation ENCINO; and Government of Cyprus v Wright and others (2007), discharge of British citizens mistreated in custody in Cyprus.

Career

Called 2002.

Member

Criminal Bar Association.


London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersAn extremely effective prosecutor with an easy manner both inside and out of court.

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International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersOne of the most experienced juniors at the extradition Bar – clever and down to earth.

Within: International crime and extradition

Furnival Chambers includes a number of juniors with strong extradition practices. Nicholas Hearn represents the Kuwaiti government (via the CPS) in its first ever extradition request to the UK, while Joel Smith and Julia Farrant were instructed by the CPS in divisional court case Georgiev & others concerning the ability of the Bulgarian prison estate to comply with assurances concerning prison conditions.

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