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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¬†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.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

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' Head of Regulatory 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

Within: Health and safety

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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