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Blackfords LLP

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Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP is noted for its strong track record in high-profile fraud cases, both in the South East and nationally. The firm is particularly experienced in Very High Cost Cases, as well as matters involving multiple jurisdictions. The 'tenacious and combative' Trevor Francis heads the team along with the 'highly intelligent' Gary Bloxsome, and both are highly experienced in serious fraud. Other key names at the practice include fraud specialist Daniel Cundy, and solicitor-advocate Diana Payne.

Practice head(s):Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:Daniel Cundy; Diana Payne


'Blackfords is a smart well organised from that provides outstanding service for clients'

'Gary Bloxome's team are unique and have provided some of the best client support that I have ever seen'

'They instinctively understand clients' need to feel that they are supported and they always provide amazing service'

'They really understand the level of detail and ingenuity required to deliver outstanding results in complex cases'

'Jen Richardson and Rachel Wilson are intelligent and extremely able.'

'The firm is highly competent and respected by the legal establishment'

'Trevor Francis is an astute political operator'

'Gary Bloxsome has acute instincts and great judgement'

'Daniel Cundy is a stand-out star and a constant thorn in the side of prosecutors.'

Work highlights

  • Defending client in a case of fraudulent trading linked to the Welsh Assembly.
  • Representing a company director indicted alongside seven others with conspiracy to defraud, regarding the suspected mis-selling of carbon credits worth in excess of £7m.
  • Representing the first defendant in a multi-handed cash-for-crash fraud case.
  • Defending a senior Conservative Party official charged with submitting fraudulent returns in respect of the General Election in 2015 in the constituency of South Thanet.
  • Representing a client in a case involving allegations of income tax fraud by not declaring rental income, mortgage fraud, and child tax credit fraud.
Leading individuals

Daniel 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 is a significant presence in serious criminal cases, particularly violent crime, drug-related offences and sexual offences. The firm's large team includes 15 solicitor-advocates and two barristers, and is headed by Gary Bloxsome  and Trevor Francis. Diana Payne leads the general crime team and is notable for her work in the youth courts and in relation to major criminal offences. Other key names include barrister Rachel Wilson, along with solicitor-advocates Lucinda Shand and Hannah Giles, the latter heads the Woking-based arm of the firm's criminal defence team.

Practice head(s):Gary Bloxsome; Trevor Francis

Other key lawyers:Diana Payne; Rachel Wilson; Lucinda Shand; Hannah Giles


'They are an excellent organisation with some first class solicitors.'

'Lay clients have always demonstrated a confidence in them which speaks volumes.'

'Always accessible to both lay and professional clients.'

'Enthusiastic capable practitioners who go the extra mile for their clients.'

'Gary Bloxham is one of the best criminal law solicitors I know and he is very well supported by many of his associates including Anne-Marie Geraghty, Rachel Wilson and Lucinda Shand.'

'Diana Payne is an excellent, dedicated solicitor with superb client care.'

'Hannah Giles is capable, diligent, excellent to work with. '

'Lucinda Shand is enthusiastic, empathetic with clients, very well prepared.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Premier League footballer charged with a number of offences.
  • Defending a client accused of murder, where the charges were eventually reduced to manslaughter.
  • Defending a client charged with murder, with the client eventually being acquitted of all charges on self-defence grounds.
  • Defending a client charged with a Section 20 wounding in a high-profile case and secured a suspended sentence.
  • Defending a client charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Leading individuals

Gary Bloxsome - Blackfords LLP

Trevor Francis - Blackfords LLP

Rising stars

Hannah Giles - Blackfords LLP

Lucinda Shand - 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 has a track record for dealing with highly complex children matters including wardships, adoption and care proceedings. Nicola Chamberlain represents both children and parents in these cases in addition to her broader experience dealing with the financial and other aspects of relationship breakdowns.

Practice head(s):Nicola Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:Helen Worden


'When I learn that I have a case on with Blackfords I know that it will be progressed sensibly and to a high professional standard. They are not arrogant and seek to work with the other side.'

'Nicola Chamberlain is firm but fair and is able to take a measured view in order to progress a case. She is pragmatic and capable and clearly enjoys a good rapport with her clients.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a wife in divorce proceedings where the husband has assets abroad as well as in the UK. The matter is complicated by related criminal matters.
  • Acting for a client in private law children proceedings. The case is highly contested as between the parents on the issue of residency and contact with the children.
  • Representing a parent in a case that involved allegations of 'baby shaking'.
  • Representing a mother in complex care proceedings and public interest immunity proceedings.

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