Mr Timur Rustem > Rustem Guardian Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Rustem Guardian Solicitors
44 Southampton Buildings

Work Department

Criminal Defence Team


Timur Rustem has 25 years of experience in criminal defence and has been instructed in a plethora of the most high profile and complex cases of recent times. Timur spent the early years of his career at Whitelock & Storr, then a top ten City firm, where he was appointed partner in less than a year.

In 2005 Timur founded Rustem Guardian Solicitors, which has quickly established itself as one of the leading defence firms in the country. To name but a few cases, Timur successfully defended one of the main defendants in the well-reported Microsoft fraud case, represented the 2 key defendants in the multi-million Mars plc Fraud, and secured the release of a client wrongly detained for alleged involvement in an airline bombing plot.

Since founding Rustem Guardian, Timur has developed a reputable specialism in sexual offences and has outstanding expertise in historic and multiple allegations. Timur has experienced considerable success in this field, as a result of which he is regularly sought for comment on legal and social policy regarding sexual offences, including a recent appearance on a BBC documentary on rape.

Timur is increasingly representing both companies and individuals often with very high net worth in relation to allegations of financial crime and money laundering. His work includes personally advising at the investigation stage, successfully challenging account freezing orders, and leading defence teams in relation to court proceedings. Many clients are international in nature. Timur prides himself on a hands on approach to develop a good relationship with his clients and acting tenaciously to defend their interests.


Qualified 1997; partner at Whitelock & Storr within a year of joining; founded Rustem Guardian Solicitors in 2005.


Fluent Turkish.


Travel, sports, reading, military history.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Led by ‘leading player’ Timur Rustem, the general crime team at Rustem Guardian LLP is said to be ‘outstanding in client care’. Adept at both domestic and international matters, the firm specialises in murder, sexual offences, county lines drug cases, account freezing orders and forfeiture proceedings. Notably, the practice has established a presence in the Far East and includes Chinese and Thai speaking solicitors within its defence team.