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.
Prior to being an advocate, Francis was a fully qualified police station representative for some 8 years and has represented suspects accused of the most serious criminal offences, including murder, rape, terrorism, complex fraud and money laundering attached to ‘high weight’ drug importation including suspects arrested in Operation Eaglewood, the largest drug importation and money laundering case in English Legal History.
As an advocate Francis has a particular experience in representing clients with mental health difficulties and in particular cases where the interaction between drugs and mental health is a key factor.
This expertise has lead to him being sort out by professionals who find themselves arrested as a result of illicit drug use, in particular gay men who participate in ‘Chem Sex’.
Francis has also substantial experience in benefit fraud matters and Road Traffic Act prosecutions.
[ Francis Gomer ]
0207 701 8653
Notable career cases include:
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R v. B - Central Criminal Court ( Murder )
Personally instructed by a former City of London professional accused of Murder and Obstructing the Corner. Case revolves around the ‘Chem Sex’ scene and sadomasochism. ( Matter ongoing – Litigator )
R v. K - Inner London Crown Court ( Drug offences )
Defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of possessing the drug Crystal Meth with intent to supply (‘street dealing’). Following extensive enquires, the defence was able to provide the sentencing Judge with a letter from police in Ireland confirming that the defendant had been a prosecution witness in a very serious criminal trial. Defendant sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment. ( Litigator )
R v. - Inner London Crown Court ( Fraud )
Defendant pleaded guilty to a benefit fraud valued at over £50,000. Following mitigation as to her health and personal circumstance the Court sentenced her to a term of suspended term of imprisonment. ( Advocate )
R v. F - Inner London Crown Court ( Drug offences )
Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intern to supply class B Drugs following a long term police operation in a South London High Street (‘street dealing’). Defendant had relevant previous convictions. Following mitigation the Court was persuaded to suspend a custodial sentence. ( Advocate )
CPS v. RH - Camberwell Green Youth Court ( Assault )
Defendant accused of being part of a group that had hit an off duty Police Inspector over the head with a pair of bolt cutters outside a railway station with a pair of bolt cutters. Successfully submission of no case to answer on the charge of going equipped on the basis that the offence could not be committed on a joint enterprise basis. Defendant cleared of all charges following successful cross examination of the Police Inspector. ( Advocate )
CPS v. B - Bexley Magistrates Court ( Assault )
Defendant accused of assault by throwing a stapler at a co-workers head following an argument. Following a successfully application to admit a non-defendant’s bad character, the Court acquitted the defendant on the basis that he had been so in fear of complainant that he had acted in reasonable self defence. ( Advocate )
CPS v. E - Bexley Magistrates Court ( Harassment )
Defendant was diagnosed with advance epilepsy which generated cluster seizures and psychotic episodes. Defendant charged with Harassment. Following a successful submission of the defence of insanity, the defendant was acquitted. Matter heard front of a senior District Judge. ( Advocate )
CPS v. J - Camberwell Green Magistrates ( Harassment )
The defendant was a highly vulnerable former prisoner officer who had been seriously assaulted while on duty and a as consequence suffered from an organic psychosis complicated by multiple sclerosis. Defendant charged with harassing his neighbours. Complex finding of fact hearing, Court persuaded that a finding of Fact does not amount to a conviction for the purpose of a post conviction restraining order. (Francis was greatly assisted by Counsel, Mr Mark Watson of 187 Fleet Street). ( Litigator and Advocate )
CPS v. V - Various Magistrates Courts ( Breaching of order )
The Defendant, a former professional left mute by acute depression, charged with repeatedly breaching a non-molestation order over the course of 3 years. Court had to determine if he was mute-by-malice or otherwise. After complex litigation involving multiple expert reports, the Court sentenced the defendant by way of a bespoke Mental Health Treatment Order (MHTO), a rarely used sentence.
While subject to the MHTO the defendant committed a further 13th breach of the Non-Molestation. The Court was persuaded to deal with this latest matter by way of a fine. ( Litigator and Advocate )
CPS v. B - Oxford Magistrates Court ( Road traffic )
Client was a member of the Travelling Community. Successfully argued that it would cause the defendant exceptional hardship if disqualified as she was responsible for transporting many of the communities children and her family to hospital.
CPS v. - Slough Magistrates Court ( Road traffic )
Client had accumulated 12 points having accepted driving at 100 MPH. Successfully argued that he would be caused exceptional hardship by benign disqualified from driving due to his work in the building trade and the strong possibility that his employees would lose their jobs.
CPS v. - Bromely Magistrates Court ( Road traffic )
Client charged with driving without insurance and without a crash helmet. Successful submission of no case to answer based on the principals of R v Turnball. Trial before a senior District Judge.
Durham University, BA (Hons) 2:1, 2005
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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