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Blackfords LLP

15 OLD BAILEY, LONDON, EC4M 7EF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3427 3343
DX:
161400 OLD BAILEY 5
Email:
Web:
www.blackfords.com
Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP¬†combines ‚Äėexcellent private work with a busy legal aid practice‚Äô. The firm advises on matters such as thefts, murders, sexual offences, drug cases, assaults, property crimes and money laundering offences. The firm acted for¬†Lavinia Woodward who stabbed her boyfriend in a high-profile case in which she received a 10 month suspended sentence due to mitigating factors. The team is headed by ‚Äėcharismatic rainmaker‚Äô Gary Bloxsome¬†and ‚Äėreal grafter‚Äô Trevor Francis¬†, they are supported by the ‚Äėpragmatic, pro-active, and highly experienced‚Äô Diana Payne. Barrister Rachel Wilson¬†and Consultant Gary Rubin¬†are also recommended.  

Leading individuals

Gary Bloxsome - Blackfords LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Blackfords LLP

‚ÄėA go-to practice for all complex financial offences‚Äô,¬†Blackfords LLP¬†is ‚Äėmost definitely at the top-end of the premiership‚Äô. It deals with all aspects of serious fraud, serious crime and money laundering and is adept at defending those prosecuted by the SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Fraud Prosecution Division. The firm continues to act for five defendants in the Hare Wines II case, this was a value-added tax (VAT) diversion fraud involving the importation of alcohol and is estimated to be worth over ¬£200m. Key practitioner Gary Bloxsome¬†has ‚Äėgreat tactical awareness‚Äô and is ‚Äėa brilliant lawyer, master tactician and as cool as a cucumber‚Äô. Daniel Cundy¬†is ‚Äėan exceptionally intelligent lawyer who has the ability to quickly understand extremely complex issues and fearlessly fights his clients‚Äô cases‚Äô. Trevor Francis¬†‚Äėmasters huge and complex cases easily‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Daniel Cundy - Blackfords LLP

Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP 'has a fabulous outfit that has made real strides in this area over the past few years'. The team has a particular strength in acting in matters where professional discipline matters overlap with ongoing or completed criminal investigations. It has a focus on the health and social care sectors as well as considerable expertise in representing serving police and Ministry of Defence police personnel in misconduct proceedings. In other areas, the practice acts for football professionals facing sexual abuse allegations of a historic nature; and represents solicitors in Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations. The team represented the registrant, a registered mental health nurse, in relation to allegations stemming from a fatality that occurred in a mental health unit.The 'first-class' consultant Gary Rubin is'a very talented lawyer who is tenacious and clever'; other key names are Trevor Francis  and Gary Bloxsome, while solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson is 'a smashing lawyer who is calm and assured and brilliant with clients'.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Blackfords LLP

At Blackfords LLP, department head Gary Rubin is 'a star from start to finish' with 'excellent tactical skills and unrivalled experience'. Highlights for Rubin include acting for a tram driver in an investigation following a tram crash in Croydon in which seven people died, representing a machine worker in a gross negligence manslaughter investigation following the fatal injuring of another worker, and working with Gary Bloxsome to act for Martinisation and one of its directors in an investigation following a double fatality in which a balcony collapsed killing two and injuring six others. Trevor Francis and consultant Philip Williams are also recommended.

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