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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

Within: Leading Juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival Chambers ‘ Organised and thorough with a great eye for detail. ’

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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International crime and extradition

Within: Leading Juniors

Joel Smith - Furnival Chambers ‘ A first-rate junior with an incisive mind. ’

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