Firm Profile > Blackfords LLP > Cardiff , Wales

Blackfords LLP
8 St Andrew's Place
CF10 4DQ

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.

Leading individuals


‘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

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.

Leading individuals


‘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’





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
Mr Philip Williams  photo Mr Philip Williams
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
Total staff : 65