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Crime
27 Years Ranked

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Provided by Oliver Blunt KC

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Joint Head of Furnival Chambers.

Call: 1974; Silk 1994.

Recorder of the Crown Court, principally sitting at the Old Bailey, 1991 to 2006.

Repeatedly ranked in the top category of Leading Silks in Crime in Chambers and Partners.

Exclusively defence practice; specialising in murder, terrorism, fraud, corruption and drugs cases.

Having been instructed in over one hundred murder trials, Oliver has represented some of the U.K’s most notorious criminals.

Oliver has appeared in terrorism cases involving the I.R.A, Iranian Embassy, London Tube Bombings and ISIS.

Having considerable experience in cases involving high profile, multi-million pound drug importation and distribution conspiracies, Oliver has represented organised crime families based variously in London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Has appeared in an infinite variety of fraud cases, ranging from mortgage, insurance, shipping, tax and electoral fraud to money laundering investigations. One case of note involved the defrauding of senior employees of Goldman Sachs.

Four years ago Oliver was principally involved in the Operation Elveden enquiry investigating the corruption of public officials. He represented five editors and journalists from News International. All five were cleared of any wrongdoing.

In 2019 Oliver represented the principal defendant John Polycarpou in the Hackney Council related million pounds corruption enquiry concerning the Polyteck Building Company. Following a trial his client was the only defendant acquitted.

Oliver has appeared in some of the most celebrated criminal trials e.g. the Millennium Dome Robbery.

His regulatory work has included being instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control to conduct various Appeals.

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Crime - London (Bar)
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Band 2

Oliver Blunt KC
Oliver Blunt KC is a defence silk with extensive experience handling complex criminal cases and appeals. 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

"He is always meticulously prepared, and in court he always strikes the right note with the jury."

Recent work

Achieved an acquittal for a client who was on trial for wounding a fellow company director with intent, as well as possession of a knife and knuckle duster.

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