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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.”
Strengths: “Very easy to get along with and good at handling difficult clients.”
Caroline Carberry QC
Strengths: “A very effective silk.” “Very down to earth and particularly good at dealing with vulnerable witnesses.”
Caroline Haughey QC
Strengths: “A very impressive prosecutor.” “She has a wonderful manner with the jury and is extremely tactically strong.” “Phenomenally hardworking and keeps the case on track when no one else can.”
Charles Sherrard QC
Strengths: “He fights his client’s corner very effectively.” “He’s fantastic – he can win cases which have no hope in hell.” “He’s understated, charming, professional and very hardworking. He has the trust of the court and commands respect at all levels.”
Giles Cockings QC
Strengths: “A confident negotiator and advocate. He’s able to effectively decide upon the best tactical approach to achieve the best possible result for his clients.”
Strengths: “His attention to detail is excellent and he has a very easy manner with juries.”
Strengths: “A true professional and a very personable barrister. He is always on hand to answer any questions and responds promptly to correspondence.”
Julia Smart QC
Strengths: “She doesn’t leave any stone unturned and is a real fighter.” “A very safe pair of hands – she is incredibly thorough and a pleasure to deal with. She’s also well-liked by judges.” “A very committed advocate.”
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.
Philippa McAtasney QC
Strengths: “A very clever and subtle advocate, with a wily tactical sense. She is very effective in cross-examinations and coveys a real understanding of the evidence in her speeches. Her clients are very fortunate to be represented by her.” “Totally unflappable and always in command of the case.”
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.
Stephen Moses QC
Strengths: “An intelligent and approachable barrister.” “Extremely thorough and hardworking – he covers every possible angle and explains the situation in a way that both instructing solicitors and lay clients can understand.”