Furnival Chambers’ members regularly appear in high-profile criminal cases, acting for both the Defence and the Prosecution.

By way of example, members appeared in:

  • The Stephen Lawrence murder trial
  • The prosecution of Rolf Harris
  • The prosecution of the UBS ‘rogue-trader’
  • The murder of Sarah Payne
  • “Baby P”
  • The Millennium Dome conspiracy
  • The Mardi-Gras bombing conspiracy
  • The prosecution of Princess Diana’s butler
  • The murder of DC Stephen Oake
  • The murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky
  • Deep Cut
  • R v Mohammed Dica
  • The Tonbridge robbery
  • The prosecution of senior judiciary
  • The prosecution of the Prime Minister of Mauritius
  • The murder of Toni-Ann Byfield
  • Significant death row appeals
  • High-profile Official Secrets Act trials

Furnival Chambers have been instructed in some of the largest and most complex terrorism cases in recent times; such as:

  • The Fertiliser Bomb plot
  • The series of ‘21/7’ bombing cases
  • The Ricin conspiracy
  • Almost every other major terrorist case awaiting trial

Members regularly appear in the Privy Council, House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Divisional Court.

Many members undertake high profile work on behalf of:

  • The Assets Recovery Agency
  • H.M. Revenue and Customs
  • The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) / DTI
  • The Serious Fraud Office
  • The Department of Works & Pensions
  • The Crown Prosecution Service

Chambers also act on behalf of respondents in cases involving these authorities.

Members regularly conduct cases in the Commonwealth and especially in Caribbean jurisdictions.

Oliver Blunt QC is “always very good. He’s so experienced and laid back.
Chambers & Partners 2015, Crime

Furnival Chambers is ‘excellent for high-profile general crime’. The set has particular expertise in terrorism cases.
Legal 500, 2015

Chambers & Partners 2014 says:

Oliver Blunt QC is “first-rate. His judgement is excellent and he has a very disarming courtroom manner”.

Sally O’ Neill QC is a “superb crime silk who has strong expertise in prosecuting sex offences.” “She is wonderful, she is clear, and is someone upon whom one can rely”.

Anthony Evans QC, Phillippa McAtasney QC, Annette Henry QC and Lisa Wilding QC are also recommended in Chambers & Partners 2014 as leading Silks in crime.

Jon Swain, Giles Cockings, Alexia Power, Caroline Carberry, Kieran Galvin, Caroline Haughey and Stephen Moses are all ranked as leading Juniors in the field of crime.