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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Rubin Italia

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Rubin is a director in the criminal law department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. A solicitor advocate, Rubin specialises in criminal defence work in a broad range of offences from minor road traffic cases to murder, rape, extradition and serious complex crime, including large-scale drug conspiracies and complex immigration-related crimes. Rubin became a Higher Court Advocate in 2007, allowing him to practice in all criminal courts.

Rubin has a significant practice defending clients with mental health problems with insanity defence cases. His fraud practice includes defending cases investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Agency (previously SOCA), HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), UK Borders Agency, Economic Crime Units, the DWP, local authorities and Trading Standards. He has considerable experience in dealing with bribery and corruption investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO. Notably, he was part of the team that worked on one of the largest frauds in UK History involving allegations of a price fixing cartel by various drug companies supplying the NHS.

Rubin has a niche focus in immigration related fraud, ‘cuckoo smurfing’ money laundering cases, high-value confiscation proceedings and benefit/tax fraud defence work. Rubin is predominantly a criminal practitioner however he has an extensive knowledge of other practise areas such as public law and immigration. This has included contested extradition cases involving class 1 and 2 countries.

Rubin has undertaken numerous high-profile cases during his career, many of which received extensive media coverage, for example, during the London Riots in August 2011, he represented a number of the defendants arrested as part of Operation Withern. He also took part in Operation Overt, one of the longest running and largest terrorist trials in the UK, involving a conspiracy to detonate bombs on transatlantic planes.

He is always prepared to go the extra mile; he travelled to Jamaica on a cannabis importation case of 25 kg. The evidence gained was put before the jury. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty plea within minutes.


Rubin qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has been at Duncan Lewis Solicitors since 2008.




Rubin holds many memberships and accreditations; he is a member of the Law Society, London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA), the Society for Asian Lawyers (SAL) and the Fraud Lawyers Association. He has also been awarded the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme I and II and is a mentor for the National Mentoring Scheme.


Rubin completed his LPC and LLB in London.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'hardworking' and 'committed' team covers a range of serious crime matters, including cases involving high-value money laundering, fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and murder. Hardeep Dhaliwal, Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas share leadership of the practice.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides the full range of criminal law services, but is particularly notable for its work with vulnerable clients, including those with mental illnesses as well as youth clients. The firm also operates a large, serious crime practice, with a particular focus on gang-related violence and drug offences. Rubin Italia heads the team from the Harrow office and is most notable for his work involving the defence of insanity in addition to business crime cases.

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