Furnival Chambers

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A set with significant experience in defending and prosecuting serious, complex and high-profile criminal cases. Matters undertaken include cases relating to gang-related crime, murder, terrorism and serious sexual offences. A client asserts: “Furnival is a strong criminal set; the barristers I have had the pleasure to instruct have been superb and are a credit to the profession. Counsel and clerks understand what is needed from them as a set and clearly keep in mind the ongoing relationship between solicitors and their clients.”

Client service: “Senior clerk Stephen Ball provides a very personal, hands-on service and bends over backwards to help in the trickiest of situations. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he is admirably proactive.”

Oliver Blunt QC
Pre-eminent defence silk who has extensive experience of handling complex criminal cases and substantial appellate experience. Praised for his attitude and the quality of his jury advocacy, he continues to excel in all areas of general criminal law including complex murders, multi-handed robberies and incidents stemming from serious organised crime.
Strengths: “Oliver is admirably humble for somebody so established and respected. He is a Premier League silk. Despite this, he takes ownership of and responsibility for cases in a way which many of his peers would not. Oliver has gravitas and charisma in abundance. Achieving optimum results is habitual for him and witnessing him in court is a pleasure.”
Recent work: Acted as defence counsel in a matter for Alan Hogg, alleged to have assaulted a fellow company director in the workplace with a knife and knuckle duster, causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant was acquitted.

Sally O'Neill QC
A well-respected barrister who prosecutes and defends serious heavyweight crime cases. She is particularly well known for her mastery of serious sexual offence and infanticide cases, most notably those involving 'baby shaking', an area where she is commended for her handling of vulnerable witnesses. O'Neill also excels in serious and complex murder and manslaughter cases, among others. 
Strengths: “She can examine and cross-examine very effectively even when faced with the least impressive material.”
Recent work: Acted for the CPS in a baby shaking relating to Pedro Rubim. Rubim was convicted of manslaughter.