Gary Rubin > Blackfords LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Blackfords LLP
20 Farringdon Street

Work Department

Head of Regulatory & Health & Safety Teams


Partner and Head of the Regulatory & Health & Safety Teams

A specialist in health and safety, regulatory and criminal litigation, Gary 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 health & safety breaches, arising from workplace fatalities across a wide spectrum of industries including railways, construction, electrical & engineering, gas and the medicine and care sectors. He is currently instructed in a number of high profile work place fatality cases and represented the driver of the Tram in the Croydon (Sandilands) tram crash during the police investigation. Gary also acts for a number of clients in the Grenfell Inquiry and associated police investigations.

Previous high profile cases 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 where 4 trackworkers were fatally injured, and acted in the corporate manslaughter charge of a construction company and health & safety charges of its’ senior director at the Old Bailey in 2017, for the fatality at Cadogan Square when a balustrade collapsed during the lifting of a sofa killing two operatives.

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. He is currently acting for client’s in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Gary also advises and represents companies, directors and senior officers, both self-employed and employees in relation to enforcement action taken by regulatory bodies and represents proper interested parties at Coroner’s Inquests, including Article 2 inquests where there has been a death at work or in police custody.  He is currently instructed for the tram driver in the Sandilands Inquests (Croydon).

Commanding a thorough understanding of regulatory and disciplinary codes of conduct, Gary represents police officers, professionals including Doctors, nurses, paramedics and social workers at disciplinary hearings. This experience has proved invaluable when instructed in serious criminal cases where there has been significant overlap between the criminal liability and regulatory and employment matters.

Gary also has several years experience of representing police officers and police staff in Post Incident Procedures where there has been a fatality involving police contact. He has over 20 year’s experience of representing clients in the police station, Magistrates and Crown Court.


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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Blackfords LLP is active on the full range of high-profile cases, extending from murder, serious assault and gangland violence to money laundering, drug offences and sexual crimes. The department has an aptitude for defending professional clients, including police and army officers, healthcare professionals, and company directors. ‘Ferocious’ co-head Gary Bloxsome has a history of significant international scale work, with experience handling all areas of serious crime, including war crime allegations. Co-head Trevor Francis‘ practice covers high-profile murder and homicide cases, in addition to expertise in the area of financial crime. Gary Rubin specialises in regulatory law, and is experienced in gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. Counsel Rachel Wilson is also noted.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

(Leading individuals)

Gary RubinBlackfords LLP

With ‘a fantastic understanding of client pressures‘, Blackfords LLP houses health and social care sector specialists. The group also has notable expertise in representing serving police and Ministry of Defence Police personnel in misconduct proceedings; the group also acts for football professionals and assisting those facing sexual abuse allegations of a historic nature is a fast-growing area for the firm. Group head Gary Rubin, Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome are all experienced in professional discipline matters; director Philip Williams in Cardiff represents social care clients; and solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson‘s recent work includes acting for social care and medical professionals.

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Gary RubinBlackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP‘s health and safety law team has a very active practice, handling cases with a criminal dimension and broader regulatory and other non-contentious matters. In particular, this involves investigations, gross negligence and corporate manslaughter and coroners’ inquests. The team is nationally well known for its expertise in the rail sector, displayed by team head Gary Rubin , a longstanding specialist in health and safety and regulatory law. Gary Bloxsome has a considerable amount of experience across the spectrum of criminal and regulatory investigations, particularly with gross negligence manslaughter cases.