Firm Profile > Blackfords LLP > Croydon, England

Blackfords LLP

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: 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.

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
 Diana Payne  photo Diana Payne
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
Total staff : 65