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Blackfords LLP

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

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Blackfords LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Gary Rubin


'Blackfords LLP is a proactive, industrious and user-friendly firm that provides first-rate advice and support for lay clients'.

'Gary Bloxsome is a senior partner with a remarkable intellect and razor sharp judgement; clients love him'.

'Trevor Francis is diligent, conscientious and as hard as nails when required'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a defendant charged with the murder of a 15-year old boy following an alleged gang dispute; the client was acquitted.
  • Represented an investment banker who was charged with 13 counts of alleged historic sexual abuse; one count was initially struck out by the court before the client was acquitted of the remaining 12 counts.
Leading individuals

Gary Bloxsome - Blackfords LLP

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

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP advises on bribery, corruption, investment fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, HMRC investigations and tax-related matters. It often acts in multi-jurisdictional cases, dealing with investigations and actions brought by the SFO, HMRC, NCA, FCA, the Insolvency Service, Trading Standards, CPS and the police, and other regulators. Co-head of team Daniel Cundy focuses on white-collar crime, fraud, corruption, tax and money laundering cases. Co-head of team Trevor Francis specialises in serious fraud, money laundering and confiscations. Gary Bloxsome also co-heads the team.

Practice head(s):Daniel Cundy; Trevor Francis; Gary Bloxsome

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Naureen Shariff


‘Gary Bloxsome is a wise head with great judgement’.

‘Trevor Francis is a brilliant lawyer and tactician’.             

‘A long established firm with a very broad practice in crime’.

‘These are a collection of very talented and dedicated individuals."          

‘Highly experienced, approachable and hardworking’.

‘Danny Cundy is a first rate tactician, highly experienced and very bright’.           

‘They are an unusual firm in that they maintain a busy legal aid practice alongside an ever expanding private client base because they believe in trying to provide access to justice for all’.

‘They employ extremely good staff, associates and paralegals as well as exceptional partners so that they can provide a speedy response’.

‘Gary Bloxsome is charismatic with great judgement and a loyal following’.       

Work highlights

  • Representing the first defendant in a high-profile SFO trial of officers from FH Bertling and Conoco Philips in relation to alleged corruption.
  • Representing a client accused of making payments to a number of officials in order to facilitate and form contracts in the defence/aviation sectors. The case is part of the recent settlement by Rolls-Royce with the SFO as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Acting for a client in a case of alleged fraudulent trading linked to the Welsh Assembly
Leading individuals

Daniel Cundy - Blackfords LLP

Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Blackfords LLP

'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.

Practice head(s):Gary Rubin

Other key lawyers:Trevor Francis; Gary Bloxsome; Philip Williams; Jennifer Richardson


'The team is incredibly hardworking and it works exceptionally well together and individually; this enables each client to be fully supported even when its individual solicitor is not immediately available'.

'The lawyers are all extremely professional, diligent and quick to grasp the needs of their clients, as well as understanding the stresses that clients face'.

'Gary Rubin is easy to deal with, knows what his clients need and who can best help them; he is always available and has good knowledge of this field'.

'Solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson is an extremely able lawyer; she has the ability both to be empathetic with lay clients while maintaining a totally objective view'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a solicitor who was alleged to have allowed his firm to use money which was provided by a public body to fund the provision of legal services, in an unauthorised way.
Leading individuals

Gary Rubin - Blackfords LLP

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Blackfords LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Gary Rubin

Other key lawyers:Trevor Francis 


'Pure criminal law team which engenders high level of specialisation when representing clients through the police/HSE court process. Excel at representing individuals.'

'Gary Rubin is an excellent communicator and supports his clients really well.'

'Gary Rubin is passionate, knowledgable, competent and tenacious about doing the job well. Gary gives you the confidence that he knows his business and you can trust his judgement.'

Key Clients

Network Rail


The Royal College of Nursing

Work highlights

  • Representing the appointed Clerk of Works and his employer in relation to allegations arising out of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Acting on behalf of the tram driver following the highly publicised incident in Croydon in 2016.
  • Acting for a machine operator involved in an incident resulting in another worker being fatally injured while operating a 32-tonne machine in 2014.
  • Representing a postal worker charged with reversing his work vehicle into a pedestrian in a college car park.
  • Representing a licensee of a public house who is under investigation by a local authority alleging various health and safety offences.

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