Mr Rubin Italia > Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Harrow, England > Lawyer Profile

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
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79 College Road

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Rubin is a director in the criminal law department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors with over 20 years’ experience. A solicitor advocate, Rubin specialises in criminal defence work in a broad range of offences from minor road traffic cases to murder, rape, extradition and serious complex crime, including large-scale drug conspiracies and complex immigration-related crimes. A notable case involves that of Eva Nowakoska – an au pair accused of shaking her baby to death – whom he represented at the police station and was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.  Rubin became a Higher Court Advocate in 2007, allowing him to practice in all criminal courts.

Rubin has a significant practice defending clients with mental health problems with insanity defence cases. His fraud practice includes defending cases investigated and prosecuted by the National Crime Agency (previously SOCA), HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), UK Borders Agency, Economic Crime Units, the DWP, local authorities and Trading Standards. He has considerable experience in dealing with bribery and corruption investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO. Notably, he was part of the team that worked on one of the largest frauds in UK History involving allegations of a price fixing cartel by various drug companies supplying the NHS.

He has also advised companies seeking comprehensive advice on the Bribery and Corruption Act and has represented individuals at all levels including CEOs and directors with investigations from the SFO. Including individuals from Boeing as well as companies being investigated for billion dollar contracts in Iraq, the UAE as well as North African countries including Morocco.

Rubin has a niche focus in immigration related fraud, ‘cuckoo smurfing’ money laundering cases, high-value confiscation proceedings and benefit/tax fraud defence work. Rubin is predominantly a criminal practitioner however he has an extensive knowledge of other practise areas such as public law and immigration. This has included contested extradition cases involving class 1 and 2 countries. 
Rubin has undertaken numerous high-profile cases during his career, many of which received extensive media coverage, for example, during the London Riots in August 2011, he represented a number of the defendants arrested as part of Operation Withern. He also took part in Operation Overt, one of the longest running and largest terrorist trials in the UK, involving a conspiracy to detonate bombs on transatlantic planes.
He is always prepared to go the extra mile; he travelled to Jamaica on a cannabis importation case of 25 kg. The evidence gained was put before the jury. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty plea within minutes.

Recently, Rubin has handled complex Encrochat cases where French and Dutch authorities hacked ‘unhackable’ criminal phones, resulting in the arrests of almost 800 people in the UK. Rubin’s cases concern large conspiracies to supply class A drugs and money laundering. 


Rubin qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has been at Duncan Lewis Solicitors since 2008.




Member of the Law Society, LCCSA, and The Fraud Lawyers Association. He is also a mentor for the National Mentoring Scheme.


Rubin completed his LPC and LLB in London.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

Based in Harrow, Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles a range of serious criminal matters and gang-related crimes including murders and sexual offences. Jointly led by Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas, the team specialises in drug confiscation and modern slavery matters. Linda Barker is noted for her experience in fraud and violent crime matters, while Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly handle financial fraud offences.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

With ‘exceptional individual client care‘, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is a key name in the market for serious crime issues including murders, sexual offences, drug importations and fraud matters. The team also has niche expertise in country line drug cases and modern slavery mandates. Rubin Italia (who also has experience in public law and immigration work), fraud specialist Hardeep Dhaliwal and Nicholas De Freitas, who focuses on violent offences, jointly lead the group. Consultant Linda Barker is also praised by clients.