Solicitor & Higher Rights Advocate
Francis now predominately practices trial advocacy. He is qualified to represent defendants in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court.
Francis Gomer’s principal area of practice is criminal defence, with substantial experience of professional discipline, regulatory and public enquires. He has been involved in many high profile, complex and serious prosecutions both as a litigator and advocate. These cases range from the murder of a police officer, large scale money laundering, fraud, historic sexual abuse, and offences under the Terrorism Act.
He has particular experience in defending frauds perpetrated against government agencies such as the DWP, Local Authorities, and HMRC. Francis has a growing practice acting on behalf of individuals prosecuted by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy under the Company Director Disqualification Act. He has acted for individuals summonsed to give evidence to Public Enquiries including the Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry.
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Notable career cases include:
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R v. B (Murder -Central Criminal Court)
Personally, instructed by a former City of London professional accused of Murder and Obstructing the Coroner. The case revolved around the ‘Chem Sex’ scene and BDSM.
R v. B (Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986)
Company Director accused of multiple breaches of a voluntary disqualification undertaking. Following lengthy mitigation, the Court was persuaded to step outside of sentencing guidelines to dispose of the matter by way of a fine.
R v. B (Conspiracy to Defraud)
Defendant accused of systemically creating fictitious families in need of emergency housing to obtain flats form Local Authorities. Once in occupation of a flat, the defendant was accused of then sub-letting it. This process was said to have been repeated on multiple occasions.
R v A (Conspiracy to Launder the Proceeds of Crime and Importation of Class A Drugs)
Client was a lead defendant in a prosecution arising out of Operation Englewood to date the largest anti-money laundering and drugs importation investigation in English legal history.
R v. R (Conspiracy Distribute Indecent Images)
Senior solicitor accused of being the centre of a very large-scale international paedophile ring making and distributing indecent images. National Criminal Agency lead 2-year investigation.
R v. R (GBH S18)
Defendant accused of being part of a group that had struck an off-duty Police Inspector over the head with a pair of bolt cutters during a failed burglary. Successfully submission of no case to answer on the charge of going equipped. Defendant cleared of all charges following successful cross-examination of the Police Inspector.
Common Processional Exam, City University London, 2006
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2007
Called to the Bar (Inner Temple), 2007
Admitted as a Solicitor 2013, Higher Rights of Audience 2015
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