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Blackfords LLP

Work 020 3427 3343
161400 OLD BAILEY 5
Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

Gary Rubin

Work 020 3369 1130
Blackfords LLP

Work Department

Head of Regulatory Team


Partner and Head of the Regulatory Team

Gary specialises in health and safety, regulatory and criminal litigation. He regularly defends organisations and individuals, including directors and senior managers in complex Police, HSE and HMRC investigations and prosecutions. He has extensive experience of defending those accused of gross negligence manslaughter and workplace fatalities and health & safety breaches across a wide spectrum of industries including railways, construction and gas and the medicine and care sectors. He is currently instructed in a number of high profile work place fatality cases.

Previous high profile case include defending the train drivers following the Watford & Southall train crashes and appeared in the Southall & Ladbroke Grove public rail inquiries. Gary was instructed to represent the machine operator in the Tebay disaster. In December 2007 Gary represented the Purley train crash driver in his successful appeal against conviction for manslaughter following the crash in 1989. This was unique as the appeal was made 17 years out of time and the driver had pleaded guilty. 

Gary also advises and represents companies, directors and senior officers, self employed and employees in relation to enforcement action taken by regulatory bodies and regularly represents proper interested parties at Coroner’s Inquests.  He has 20 year’s experience of representing clients in the police station.

Gary commands a thorough understanding of regulatory and disciplinary codes of conduct and represents police officers, professionals including Doctors, nurses, paramedics and social workers and directors at disciplinary hearings which enhances and overlaps with the serious criminal cases involving professionals he is instructed in.


Thompsons Solicitors trainee solicitor/Assistant solicitor 1995 - 2003, Arnold George & Co Assistant Solicitor 2003 - 2004, Andrews Angel Solicitors Ltd - Assistant Solicitor/Director 2004 - 2013.  Blackfords LLP 2013 - Consultant, 2016 - Partner.


  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association, (HSLA)
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Law Society of Northern Ireland. 


Anglia Ruskin - LLB (hons), College of Law London.


Gary is a West Ham United season ticket holder and enjoys cooking in his spare time.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Blackfords LLP's 'very experienced and committed' team provides a 'first-class service'. The group is strong in handling both private instructions and legal aid work, and advises clients on, among other areas, sexual offences, assaults, murders, gang crime, thefts and money laundering cases. The 'outstanding tactician' Gary Bloxsome and 'charismatic' Trevor Francis jointly head the practice; they are supported by Diana Payne, Gary Rubin and 'very bright' barrister Rachel Wilson.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Leading individuals

Gary Rubin - Blackfords LLP

Within: Professional discipline

'Under the watchful and experienced eye' of regulatory head Gary Rubin, Blackfords LLP's professional discipline team 'goes from strength to strength'. The practice is particularly focused on the health and social care sectors. It also has expertise in representing serving police and Ministry of Defence police personnel in misconduct proceedings and assists solicitors with SRA investigations in relation to alleged criminal offences. Acting for football professionals is also a growing area for the firm. Other key advisers are Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome, director Philip Williams in Cardiff, and solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Blackfords LLP advises for individuals, companies and public bodies on a broad range of high profile health and safety matters. The 'passionate and knowledgable' Gary Rubin leads the team and is an expert in HSE investigations and prosecutions, as well as matters relating to gross negligence and corporate manslaughter. Trevor Francis is also recommended and regularly acts on gross negligence manslaughter cases.

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