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

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Caroline Haughey

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

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Practice areas: Crime, regulatory, coroners inquests and public enquiries.


Regarded as an excellent leading junior with an ability to deal with voluminous and or complex cases. Carolines’ defence practice is focused on murder, serious violence, drugs and fraud and cases with disclosure issues at the fore. 

She is a Grade 4 leading prosecutor specializing in Human Trafficking and Slavery and  is author of government review of Modern Slavery Act 2015  - One Year On commissioned by the Home Secretary Teresa May.  She has particular expertise in areas of complex forensic evidence: LCN DNA, entomology, causation etc.  and regularly appears against Queens' Counsel.

Caroline has a  reputation in the prosecution of novel law and or high profile cases including: slavery (R -v- Khan, R -v- Balira, R-v- Motroc), bribery (R -v Patel) RIPA (R -v- Beeckman),  Drugs (Operation Wildwood) Caroline has significant appellate court experience having appeared in the leading authorities on firearms, expert evidence and LCN DNA and is able to provide consultancy advice on all areas of crime and regulatory work: health and safety, pharmaceuticals, veterinary, GOC, GMC, SRA etc with particular experience in homicide cases (Corporate Manslaughter etc).


Called 1999; former lecturer in youth justice and Criminal Evidence Act, criminology and advocacy at UEL; currently lectures on: disclosure in sexual offences, advocacy and juveniles in the justice system. Author of ‘White Paper on Decriminalisation of Prostitution’ on behalf of the Irish Government 1998; joint author with Brian Barker QC (now Common Sergeant) on ‘Codification of the Criminal Law’ for the Administrative Law Society; trainer in the in-house advocacy scheme.  


  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 review: one year on –
  • Regular contributor to CBA and Bar Council publications and committees.


Conversational French.


Middle Temple, CBA, member of the Northern Ireland Bar, member of the Bar Standards Professional Conduct Committee, Kalisher Trust Trustee, Approved for Direct Access. External Examiner in Criminal Law for the BSB


Wycombe Abbey. Trinity College, Dublin (LLB).

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Within: 2018 Silks

Caroline Haughey QC - Furnival Chambers ‘ A true leader in some of the most sensitive and complex cases. ’

Within: Crime

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.

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