Oliver Blunt QC has been repeatedly listed for more than 10 years in the top category of leading silks in crime in both Chambers & Partners and in Legal 500. He was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards 2010 as Crime Silk of the Year. He was named Serious Crime Barrister of the Year in England in the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards, the 2017 Global Law Experts and the 2017 ACQ Global awards. He was identified as the Best in Criminal Defence Services in the 2017 Corporate Livewire Global Awards and has also been listed in the 2017 Leaders in Law directory. He has been nominated in the International Advisory Experts Annual Awards for 2018.
In the last two years Oliver has successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor) and Brandon Malinksky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden Trials involving the Sun Newspaper. He was also instructed on behalf of three other editor/ journalists whose cases were discontinued by the prosecution prior to trial.
He has twice been instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control in successfully resisting two appeals (Couch and Chisora).
According to successive Chambers & Partners Directories he has been described as “a quality performer. He displays impeccable charm with the jury and in the courtroom. Once he has his teeth in a case, he doesn’t let go until the fight is won. An extremely talented and experienced silk.” (2017)
“A wonderful polished advocate.” (2016)
“A first class silk for heavyweight criminal trials, such as murder and drugs cases.” (2015)
“Always very good, so experienced and laid back.” (2015)
“His judgement is excellent and he has a very disarming court room manner.” (2014)
“Universally acclaimed.” (2013)
“One of the Longstanding Leaders of the Bar.” (2013)
“A master tactician with an absolute command of the courts.” (2012)
“A sense of panache and drama.” (2012)
“Supremely bright with a very good way with the jury and enviable cross examination skills.” (2011)
“One of the hardest hitting silks at the Bar. He is a real street fighter and gives great jury speeches.” (2010)
“Tremendously effective and a real heavyweight in the courtroom.” (2009)
“Frighteningly clever, a magnetic presence in court.” (2008)
“At ease with any case of whatever complexity or seriousness.” (2007)
“A leading figure, famed for never missing a trick when it comes to the crunch.” (2006)
“A wise and silky smooth advocate, he continues to harvest some of the best work at the criminal bar. Blessed with both suavity and a talent for getting on with all levels of society.” (2005)
Oliver’s track record more than justifies the plaudits. Focused on murder, terrorism, fraud and drugs cases, his experience in violent crime in unsurpassed. Instructed in over one hundred murder cases, in the past he has represented Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail and murder) and John Taft (the “Beauty in the bath” murder) and appeared in other high profile cases as the Syd Owen (“Ricky” from Eastenders) wounding trial and R v William Cockram and others, the Millennium Dome robbery. Oliver was also instructed in the notorious cases of R v Peter Tobin (murder dating back to 1991 linked to the Vicky Hamilton murder tried in 2006 in Scotland) and R v Iain Davis (double murder re-trial following House of Lords ruling on anonymous witnesses). He is regularly instructed in gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court and around the country.
In 2016 he represented the lead appellant in Lewis Johnson and Others before the Court of Criminal Appeal in the conjoined ‘joint enterprise’ appeals, following upon the Supreme Court ruling in Regina v Jogee.
In 2016 he secured the discharge of Reza Yunis in a celebrated Conspiracy to Murder case at Birmingham Crown Court.
Terrorism trials have formed a significant part of Oliver’s practice recently, with his involvement in R v Sharif, arising out of the 21/7/05 attempted bombings in London. However, his terrorism experience goes back over several decades and includes IRA trials and appearances on behalf of the Iranian embassy and its consular staff. He was also instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial due at the Central Criminal Court (2016).
Oliver’s experience in fraud and white collar crime includes a number of large and complex cases. These range from a £200 million shipping fraud, a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud, and money laundering cases, to an electoral fraud trial. Oliver also represented Devi Schahou in the much-publicised Goldman Sachs fraud trial. In 2009 Oliver secured the acquittal of the defendant Colwell in relation to the highly publicised Sayers conspiracies to commit large scale mortgage fraud in the North-East.
Oliver’s track record in the area of drugs crime is also extensive and impressive, and includes successfully defending the first defendant in an £150 million pound cocaine importation case. He represented the defendant Goren in a multi-million pound conspiracy to import heroin from Turkey. He has appeared for the defendant Cornick in a case involving the importation of tonnes of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine into the UK. In 2014 he secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others at Kingston Crown Court.
His exclusively defence-based practice also includes high profile sexual offences for example, Richard Baker “the DJ rapist” and blackmail, for example the case of Amerdeep Johal, a serving police officer accused of blackmailing known sex offenders.
In 2017 he appeared for the Viscount St Davids in his appeal for offences under the Communications Act 2003.
Oliver regularly appears in the list of highest earning criminal barristers.