Firm Profile > Blackfords LLP > London, England

Blackfords LLP

Crime: general Tier 1

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.


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‘.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 2

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.


‘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’.       

Health and safety Tier 3

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.


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

Professional discipline Tier 3

'Under the watchful and experienced eye' of regulatory head Gary RubinBlackfords 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.


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‘.

Crime: fraud Tier 1

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 intelligentGary 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.


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.

Crime: fraud Tier 1

With a sizeable team based in Cardiff and also frequently aided by practitioners from the firm’s London office, Blackfords LLP is recognised as a ‘market-leading firm across a range of high level criminal and regulatory work’. Philip Williams is head of the firm's Cardiff office and the first port of call for individuals and businesses on many high-profile matters, where he is appreciated for his 'grasp of the legal issues and ability to cut through any litigation fog'. Solicitor Nicola Mitchard  has a flourishing reputation for handling fraud and money laundering cases.


‘Driven and successful’

‘The firm has a unique ability to attract and secure work of the highest calibre, which is plainly a reflection of their reputation for expertise and excellence’

‘Philip Williams is always very well prepared and provides a very high standard of work’



Crime: general Tier 1

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 FrancisDiana 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.


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.

Crime: general Tier 1

The Cardiff office at Blackfords LLP is a key component of the firm's national network of offices which has experience handling a range of serious crime matters, running the gamut from sexual offences and human trafficking to multi-handed drugs conspiracies. The 'first port of call for many high-profile matters', team head Philip Williams' broad cross-section of work has recently included an increasing focus on the representation of professional clients and company directors. Nicola Mitchard  is also recommended; she recently worked alongside Williams in the first child trafficking conviction under the Modern Slavery Act as part of a county lines operation.


‘Extremely efficient in all respects, meaning that all of their cases are immaculately prepared.’

‘The firm goes the extra mile and fights tooth and nail to achieve the best result.’

‘Provides sound commercial advice’

‘An absolute pleasure to work for’

‘Very strong on Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 work, civil recovery and third party orders.’

‘Philip Williams is tactically gifted with a strong grounding in the law pertaining to serious crime, fraud and regulatory matters’

‘From the largest companies or richest individuals to the poorest of society, Philip Williams is able to convey the most complex issues and ease the most troubled minds’





Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

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.


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.’

Blackfords LLP is a leading regulatory and business crime litigation firm, including fraud and serious and high-profile cases. It also provides specialist family law services with notable expertise in child care. It has offices in London, Croydon, Woking and Cardiff.

The firm: The firm enjoys an excellent national and international reputation and is known for combining creative solutions and success with a friendly, sensitive approach for clients who want a pro-active and combative legal team dealing with their issues.

Blackfords enjoys a large volume of client referrals from the magic circle corporate law firms and accountancy practices. Clients include private individuals, sports and entertainment celebrities, politicians, journalists and a variety of international businesses and international governments. Legal aid instructions are taken where such funding is available.

The firm receives many instructions from high net worth clients who require assistance with reputational issues.

Gary Rubin who is a recognised expert in the fields of health and safety at work and regulatory heads the regulatory team which covers cases throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

Blackfords is accredited under the VHCC arrangements and its lawyers belong to a variety of legal bodies including: The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA); London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA); Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA); Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA); Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyer (ARDL); Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA); Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA); Extradition Lawyers Association (ELA); Female Fraud Forum; Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC); Resolution Trained Mediators; Law Society’s Children’s Panel; Registered Lawyers under the FA Football Agents Regulations.

Types of work undertaken: The firm handles cases in all courts from the Magistrates or Youth Court to the Crown Court, through to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice or European Court of Human Rights. Advice is given regarding investigations by a range of official bodies, including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, PRA, NCA, HMRC, CMA, Crown Prosecution Service Special Casework Team, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Electoral Commission.

The firm specialises in pre-charge advice during the investigation of criminal and regulatory wrongdoing, arrest, complex criminal proceedings leading to trial, handling press intrusion and Proceeds of Crime Act issues.

The firm is involved in defending individuals in many of the largest ongoing cases being prosecuted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC throughout the UK and other British Overseas Territories.

Additionally, the firm deals with disciplinary and regulatory hearings for lawyers, medical professionals, parliamentarians and athletes, health and safety matters, trading standard matters, care home regulation, Coroners’ Inquests and motoring offences.

The firm also has a niche specialist child care and family team, with leading lawyers and mediators in the fields of child care proceedings, adoption (national and international), domestic violence and complex matrimonial financial disputes to divorces, separation and mediation. Civil partnerships, their creation, associated pre-nuptial agreements and dissolution are also specialisms.

Other offices: London, Woking, Cardiff

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Trevor Francis
Economic and business crime Gary Bloxsome
Economic and business crime Daniel Cundy
Regulatory work Trevor Francis
Criminal Defence Diana Payne
Family and childcare law Nicola Chamberlain
Health and safety at work Gary Rubin
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gary Bloxsome  photo Gary Bloxsome
Mr Daniel Cundy  photo Mr Daniel Cundy
 Trevor Francis  photo Trevor Francis
 Gary Rubin  photo Gary Rubin
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
Total staff : 65