Rory Gordon

Call: 2020

Areas of expertise

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“Really impressive.” – Michael Ivers QC
“Reliable, meticulous and a tenacious advocate who delivers great results” – Bark & Co
“Quite simply he has achieved the right result on every occasion and our clients have sung his praises.” – Michael Demidecki & Co

Rory has a busy defence practice in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts in a broad range of criminal matters including violence, dishonesty, sex offences, drugs, driving offences and breach of court orders. Rory also undertakes extradition cases, has conducted research for Sports Law matters and has experience in quasi-criminal civil cases and POCA proceedings.

Described by opponents as an “effective advocate” and “quick study” who achieves “remarkable results”, Rory has a track record of securing acquittals and persuading the CPS to discontinue cases. Rory is regularly instructed by name and he is noted by solicitors as being “intelligent, analytical and a pleasure to work with” and as someone who goes “completely over and beyond” what is expected.

Rory ensures a high level of client care throughout proceedings and has a “very personal approach to both his lay client and professional client”. He has been widely praised for his “exceptional level of representation” with one Recorder describing Rory as an “articulate and able advocate”.

Before coming to the Bar, Rory worked in legal and compliance in one of the UK’s former leading cryptocurrency exchanges. He investigated fraud and dark-net activity and worked alongside law enforcement, policymakers, and regulators. In this capacity, he consulted with HM Treasury and the FCA on the transposition of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) into UK law which resulted in the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

Rory joins Chambers after successful completion of his 12-month pupillage.

Notable Cases

R v H-G, Isleworth Crown Court – H-G pleaded guilty to a s. 18 GBH. H-G was arrested shortly after attacking a stranger with a tyre iron. Following Rory’s plea-in-mitigation and submissions on dangerousness, H-G was given a determinate sentence of just 3 years and 4 months’ custody.

R v E, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – E, a former estate agent, was charged with fraud by abuse of position with an estimate of £10,000 defrauded. Rory negotiated a basis of plea and E was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay back just over £1,900.

R v S, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – Successful objections to the Crown’s res gestae application resulted in no evidence being offered and the dismissal of ABH and criminal damage charges.

R v B, Bexley Magistrates’ Court – B was charged with failing to provide information relating to the identification of the driver under s. 172(3) Road Traffic Act 1988. He was acquitted following trial after the bench found that they could not be sure that he had received the letter from the police.

R v T, Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court – T was charged with criminal damage and was sectioned shortly after under the Mental Health Act 1983. Following representations from Rory, the Crown discontinued the proceedings.

R v C, Basildon Youth Court – C was acquitted of assault on an emergency worker after Rory advanced a successful submission of no case to answer.

R v V, Highbury Corner Youth Court – V was charged with theft. Rory advanced a defence of duress which ultimately resulted in the client’s acquittal.

Education and Awards

BBP Advocacy Scholarship

BPTC LLM – BPP

Law BA – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Languages

Mandarin – Limited Working Proficiency

Privacy Notice

In order to provide legal advice and representation, I need to collect and hold personal information. This may be your personal data or information relating to other parties involved in the matter. I will take all possible steps to protect personal information. I will ensure that I do not do anything that may infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect about you, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.

Data controller
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is Furnival Chambers  30-31 Furnival Street  London,  EC4A 1JQ and my ICO registration number is ZB286378.

If you need to contact me about your data or this privacy notice, you can reach me at clerks@furnivallaw.co.uk. My clerks will forward on your email to me.

Data collection
All of the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by me in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it. On occasion I may also obtain information that is available publicly.

What data do I process about you?
I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This may include:

  • Name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Email address;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Payment or bank details;
  • Next of kin details;
  • Details pertaining to education and employment;
  • Information on your background & current circumstances; and
  • Financial information.

Where relevant, I may also need to process special category personal data that reveals your:

  • Racial or ethnic origin;
  • Political opinions;
  • Religious and philosophical beliefs;
  • Trade union membership;
  • Genetic data;
  • Biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person;
  • Data concerning health; and
  • Sex life and sexual orientation.

Given the nature of my practice, I also process personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences.

My lawful basis for processing your information

The General Data Protection Regulation (’the GDPR’), which is incorporated into English law by the Data Protection Act 2018, requires all organisations that process personal data to have a lawful basis for doing so. The lawful bases identified in the GDPR that I seek to rely upon are as follows:

  • Consent of the data subject – where this required, I will ensure that I have your specific consent for processing your data.
  • Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation – to comply with various regulatory and professional obligations, e.g. filing tax returns with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (’HMRC’).
  • The legitimate interests of my business or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Provision of legal services and advice;
  • Processing is necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • For purposes of practice management, accounting and debt recovery;
  • For completion of professional regulatory requirements;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting threats to public security.

Special category processing

I process special category data when:

  1. I have your explicit consent to do so; or
  2. It is necessary for the exercise or defence of legal claims or judicial acts.

Criminal data processing

I process data relating to criminal offences where it is necessary for:

  • The purpose of, or in connection with, any legal proceedings;
  • The purpose of obtaining legal advice; or
  • The purposes of establishing, exercising or defending legal rights.

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation;
  • Assist in training pupils and mini pupils (trainee barristers);
  • Investigate and address your concerns;
  • Communicate with you about news, updates and events;
  • Communicate with my clerks and other members of staff in Chambers in connection with the case;
  • Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services, or as

otherwise allowed by applicable law;

  • Make statutory returns as required by HMRC;
  • Assist in any tendering or panel membership applications;
  • Assist in other reasonable applications for the purpose of professional developmentor career progression;
  • Communicate legal updates and judgments to other legal professionals;

I may share your personal data with:

  • Instructing solicitors or other lawyers involved in your case;
  • A pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Opposing counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
  • My chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet any legal obligations;
  • Legal directories, for the purpose of professional development;
  • Any relevant panel or tendering committee, for the purpose of professional development;
  • Accountants and banking officials;
  • Regulators or arbitrators, where complaints or disputes arise;
  • Any other party where I ask you for consent, and you consent, to the sharing.

Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I do not routinely transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations. However, depending on the nature of the case and my instructions, such transfers may be necessary (i.e. in connection with crimes committed overseas). In the event that I transfer data outside the European Economic Area, I will keep records of the transfers. This may also occur if I am travelling overseas. In such a case, I will keep records of my use of your data in third countries and take reasonable measures to protect its security so that the data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the General Data Protection Regulation.

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy, a copy of which is available on request, details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as a claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests to do so.

Your rights

The GDPR gives you specific rights in terms of your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for; you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you; you can ask me to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, and you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data, you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred.

You can find out more information from the ICO’s website: http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information

This is the organisation to which you can complain if you are unhappy with how I have dealt with your query.

Accessing and correcting your information

You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at clerks@furnivallaw.co.uk.

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I will occasionally update my privacy notice. When I make changes, I will publish the updated notice on Chambers’ website profile.

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