Giles Cockings QC and Mark McDonald succeed in murder defence

Giles Cockings QC leading Mark McDonald, instructed by SVS Solicitors, achieved a stunning and entirely justified acquittal in a murder trial that concluded last week. The Crown relied upon a co-accused, who gave self-serving Queen’s Evidence.  Through brilliant & forensic questioning, this evidence was rightly exposed as flawed & unreliable.

Christopher Baptiste returns to Furnival Chambers

Chambers is delighted to welcome back clerk Christopher Baptiste.

Chambers welcomes new tenants on completion of their pupillage

The Heads of Chambers and all Members of Chambers are delighted to welcome three new tenants. Kane Sharpe, Charlotte Bennett and Iwona Boesche have all accepted offers of tenancy on successful completion of pupillage. Their recruitment adds strength in depth to Furnival Chambers and demonstrates our commitment to training and developing the future stars of […]

Furnival Chambers primetime billing on BBC Panorama

Our very own Caroline Haughey QC, ably support by Nicholas Hearn, starred in last night’s BBC Panorama on Modern Day Slavery. The programme provides a fascinating and moving insight for the wider public into the scourge of modern day slavery. The BBC had unprecedented access as Caroline and Nick prosecuted the largest modern day slavery […]

Nick James publishes article on troubling area of reliability of ‘Expert’ witnesses in criminal trials

Nicholas James

The recent and well-publicised embarrassment of Mr Ager, a self proclaimed ‘expert’ in Carbon Trading in a trial at Southwark Crown Court raised a number of wider questions about the use of experts in criminal trials. Mr Ager had been relied upon in  numerous previous trials which will now be subject to review. Nick James […]

Court of Appeal success for Charlotte Bellamy

Charlotte Bellamy won this week in the Court of Appeal. She was successful in an appeal against sentence for dangerous driving and having false plates. 14 months imprisonment was found to be manifestly excessive and reduced to 10 months. Charlotte was instructed by Dhanju Mclean Arora.

Furnival Chambers welcomes Sahara Fergus-Simms

We are delighted to announce that Sahara Fergus-Simms (2015 call), formerly of Carmelite Chambers, has joined Chambers.

Private prosecution success for Barry Smith

In R v C the first defendant has been sentenced for criminal trade mark infringement following a successful private prosecution at Southwark Crown Court brought by an overseas corporation. The defendant was disqualified from being a company director for 5 years and prosecution costs from central funds were awarded. Confiscation proceedings will follow. Barry Smith appeared […]