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Blackfords LLP

CLEARY COURT, 169 CHURCH STREET EAST, WOKING, GU21 6HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01483 723331
Fax:
Fax 01483 724441
DX:
2958 WOKING
Email:
Web:
www.blackfords.com
Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP's team is ‘excellent and has a well-earned reputation’ for handling high-value and frequently high-profile fraud cases. Its work is principally based in London and the South East but it also handles cases with international aspects. The team, which includes ‘excellent lawyers at all levels’, has deep expertise in defending cases ranging from fraudulent investment schemes and frauds concerning both individuals and companies to money laundering, bribery and corruption. ‘Very tough criminal litigator’ Gary Bloxsome and ‘diligent, clever and hardworking’ Trevor Francis, who jointly head the department, have successfully defended a number of high-profile white-collar crime cases. Daniel Cundy, who is ‘a hardworking, personable and tactical lawyer and one of the first names to be called in any complex fraud’, is handling a caseload that includes a ‘cash for crash’ conspiracy to defraud insurance companies and a carbon markets share scheme where the client and others were alleged to have sold Certified Emission Reductions and Voluntary Emission Reductions to individuals who were induced into buying worthless shares.

Leading individuals

Danny Cundy - Blackfords LLP

Gary Bloxsome - Blackfords LLP

Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP’s ‘senior, established and talented team’ is ‘among the best’ for criminal defence matters. The sizeable team, includes 15 solicitor-advocates, handles cases nationally. Its caseload includes murder, GBH, sexual crimes, child abuse, kidnapping and drugs offences, many of which attract intense media interest. Co-head Trevor Francis is handling a case of historic rape where new DNA evidence has been discovered. Fellow co-head Gary Bloxsome  is ‘a very tough criminal litigator, excellent in the police station and in persuading the police not to proceed’. Diana Payne, who heads the general crime team, and litigation executive Anne Marie Geraghty ‘are both excellent, serious crime practitioners’.

Leading individuals

Gary Bloxome - Blackfords LLP

Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP's family group ‘combines hard work with legal acumen, dedication and excellent judgement', and is led by Nicola Chamberlain. The team handles a range of financial matters arising from family breakdowns and has a particular focus on children work, both private and public and including care proceedings. The team is also able to draw on its well-respected criminal practice to assist with related criminal charges. The team also handles adoption cases outside the jurisdiction and child abduction cases. Helen Worden ‘is calm, methodical and brings rigorous challenges to cases’ and Elizabeth Cape Cowens is ‘a highly effective lawyer’.

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