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Gary is a Partner in the firm and heads the Regulatory Team. He has a particular emphasis on all aspects of employment-related criminal matters and Health and Safety and Regulatory Law.

Gary regularly receives instructions in the following cases:

  • Health & Safety investigations and prosecutions
  • Gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter
  • Fraud
  • Allegations against professional persons:
    (including teachers facing allegations of assault (including sexual assault) against pupils in their care, an allegation against care workers for neglect / abuse of vulnerable persons, NHS workers and medical staff facing allegations of negligent treatment, assault (including sexual assault), theft of prescribed drugs, etc..)
  • Regulatory offences, disciplinary and conduct matters
    (including directors disqualification)
  • Coroners Inquests
  • Serious and general crime

Gary acts for individuals, companies and other organisations and specialises in investigations and prosecutions of corporate manslaughter or manslaughter by gross negligence where there has been a workplace fatality. He has represented clients in high profile and complex cases. Instructions arise from the initial investigation carried out by the police or regulatory body right through to the Magistrates’ or Crown Court trial. He has been instructed in numerous workplace incidents and disaster investigations and represented clients’ interests at Coroners Court inquests.

Gary has a proven track record of advising and representing clients on employment and disciplinary matters and has represented professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, social workers and care workers, teachers and head teachers, prosecutions (as outlined above) and fitness to practise and disciplinary hearings before their regulatory bodies.

Gary also advises companies on health and safety policies and procedures and regulatory compliance across many industries including railways, road and transport, construction, waste, gas and fire. He has also provided training in health and safety to companies, trades unions and other organisations. Gary receives instructions from clients all over the country.

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  • What the directories say

    Leading lawyer – Legal 500, 2023. Recommended in the fields of Health & Safety and Professional Discipline

    Leading Lawyer – Chambers and Partners 2022. Recommended in the field of Health & Safety

    • “A very hands-on team dealing with the medical/legal area of professional discipline, coupled with acting for police officers accused of gross misconduct.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Simply a class act. Keeps a strong focus on the key issues in his cases. Works commendably well, both alone and as part of a wider team. Always goes the extra mile for clients.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Is at the top of his game. Knowledgeable and experienced he leads the team superbly.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Has the ability, skills personality and opportunity to represent individuals facing prosecutions under Health and safety legislation and is not so bound by corporate and Insurer considerations. His ability to represent individuals is second to none.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Gary Rubin knows health and safety law like the back of his hand. He is a shrewd and tenacious lawyer.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Firstly, there is very little he doesn’t know about he law of health and safety. Secondly, he has an ability to instantly put clients at ease through empathy, confidence and clear communication.” – Legal 500, 2023
    • “Gary Rubin has a fantastic team ethic, and works closely with more junior members of the team to ensure that each case benefits from the experience of the team collectively-in my experience, this happens with all cases, from the least to the most serious.” – Legal 500, 2022
    • “A smart cookie and a clever lawyer.” – Legal 500, 2022
    • “I am always impressed with Gary’s dedication to the clients and the strategy he adopts. He’s a specialist in the area [of Health and Safety].” – Chambers and Partners 2022
    • “He is exceptional. He is very responsive, quick to grasp details and he has a really sound, detailed knowledge of the space.” “He has a clear understanding of health and safety law, he’s very client-focused and he provides innovative solutions to difficult cases.” “His great strength is that he’s a great tactician. He has a particularly good knack of sitting down and laying out the different routes we can take to reach a good solution.” – Chambers and Partners 2021
    • “Gary Rubin is one of the best and most experienced health & safety lawyers in the market. Years of experience and perfect judgement mean that the client is guaranteed a detailed and professional first class service” – Legal 500, 2021
    • “Wholly invested in his cases and knows them top to bottom from day one. He is particularly skilled in dealing with the early stages of an investigation, including interview, and excels at ensuring equality of arms for his publicly funded clients. He goes above and beyond for every client, making sure no stone is left unturned in giving them the best possible defence” – Legal 500, 2021
    • “Good to work with, knowledgeable and efficient in relation to professional discipline work.” – Legal 500, 2021
    • “Passionate and knowledgeable” – Legal 500, 2020
    • “Excellent communicator and supports his clients really well” – Legal 500, 2020
    • “Tenacious about doing the job well” – Legal 500, 2020
    • “Gives you confidence that he knows his business and you can trust his judgement” – Legal 500, 2020
    • “He was an absolute rock for me and my family. He really helped; nothing was too much trouble for him. He went the extra mile” – Chambers and Partners 2019
    • “A star from start to finish” – Legal 500, 2019
    • “Excellent tactical skills and unrivalled experience” – Legal 500, 2019
    • “First class” – Legal 500, 2019
    • “A very talented lawyer who is tenacious and clever” – Legal 500, 2019
    • “He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to really listen”  – Chambers and Partners 2018
    • “Very knowledgeable” – Legal 500, 2017
    • “His advice is always welcome) – Chambers and Partners 2017
    • “He really knows what he is doing” – Chambers and Partners 2017
    • “Cuts to the issues” – Legal 500, 2016
    • “Fights his corner well” – Legal 500, 2016
    • Gary “always puts his clients first and ensures they receive the best possible service.” – Chambers and Partners 2016
    • “A unique ability to simplify complex and technical issues.” – Chambers and Partners 2016
    • ‘Has the edge over his competitors,’ The Legal 500, 2015
    • “particularly impressed with his “outstanding tactical brain and analytical capabilities.” Chambers and Partners, 2010
  • Notable cases

    Gary was part of the legal defence team for both the Watford & Southall train crash drivers [in 1996 & 1997]. Both drivers were acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter & health & safety charges. He also has experience in Public Inquiries and was instructed in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash inquiries before Professor Uff and Lord Cullen. Other examples of high profile cases where Gary has been instructed include the defence of the machine operator in the Tebay disaster and the acquittal of 2 gas engineers charged with gross negligence manslaughter for a carbon monoxide poisoning in Oxford.

    He also achieved the successful acquittal in the Court of Appeal of Robert Morgan, the Purley train crash driver [2007] EWCA Crim 3313, [2007] All ER (D) 168 (Dec). This was an appeal 17 years out of time, following the train crash in 1989 where 5 people were tragically killed.

    Mr Morgan pleaded guilty at trial. The appeal was based on fresh evidence and was unique because of the combination of the guilty plea and the time taken to present the appeal.
    Gary also represented an interested party in the Inquest concerning the HMS Tireless, where faulty oxygen canisters exploded on a submarine during NATO exercises killing two seamen.

  • Memberships & associations

    London Criminal Courts & Solicitors Association [LCCSA]

    Health & Safety Lawyers Association [HSLA]

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