Robert Borwick


Rob has specialised in Criminal Law since 1996. He was a Partner in the Criminal Department of a “Legal 500” firm prior to being one of the founding Partners of ABV Solicitors.

Rob developed his practice in the Magistrates Courts of West London and the Thames Valley where he rapidly gained a reputation as a formidable advocate with a robust approach to protecting his client’s interests. As a result he now represents Client’s all over the country, particularly those facing the most serious criminal charges or those involved in high profile cases.

Recent client’s who were given headline status by the national news media include the National Express Coach Driver who was charged with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving x 3. Other high profile cases include representing the first Pilot to be charged with “Drink Flying” of a passenger plane, the Heathrow “Menzies Warehouse” Robbery and series of multi handed drugs Conspiracies.

Rob is regularly instructed to advise on Appeals and cases where it is feared there has been a Miscarriage of Justice. He has recently obtained leave to Appeal a High Profile Murder Conviction having unearthed new significant evidence.

Rob provides advice and representation to Professionals who face investigation or proceedings instigated by their Regulatory Body.

In addition to his general practice, Rob prosecutes on behalf of the RSPCA and OFCOM.

Whether representing individuals or organisations, Rob’s pragmatic and determined approach is highly valued by his clients. His commitment to providing a high quality service is noted by clients who remark that his friendly, professional and positive manner provides the reassurance required in difficult and complex cases.

Rob has been the main speaker in seminars and lectures given to those involved in the Criminal Justice System. He also provides training to Paediatricians and assists with training and educational days aimed at schoolchildren in the Ealing Borough.

Away from law and the office, Rob is an adventurous traveller, keen rugby player/supporter and passionate motorcyclist.

Professional Memberships
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Middlesex Law Society

Associated Cases

R v B and B – Guildford Crown Court 2013

Offence: Conspiracy to Supply Prescription Only Medicines, Conspiracy to Supply Medicines not on the General Sales List, Conspiracy to Supply Class C Drugs

MHRA prosecution of the British postal hub of a very significant “drop-shipping” operation in respect of medicinal products and controlled drugs. Prosecution brought under the Medicines Act 1968. The value of conspiracy exceeded £1.5 million of drugs. Representations to the Crown Prosecution Service resulted in Not Guilty pleas entered by one of the Defendants being accepted and the defendant acquitted without trial.

Operation Nacho – Leeds Crown Court 2011

This matter relates to a multi-handed and large scale property investment fraud involving a York based property club called Challenor Property Developments. The value of the fraud is estimated in excess of £2 million with over 130 franchise victims.

R v H – Croydon Crown Court 2009

Represented a shadow director who was alleged to have defrauded over half million pounds from his own company.

R v B & Others – Southwark Crown Court 2007

Multi handed Conspiracy to Defraud the Ministry of Defence together with numerous other companies by falsifying employees clock cards and hours of work.

Operation Emerich – Central Criminal Court 2011

Represented Defendant accused of the murder of a woman in her home, which was said to have been covered up by setting the house on fire whilst two children and the defendant were in the house. The matter went to trial but the jury were unable to reach a verdict at the original trial. The client was subsequently acquitted at his re trial.

Serious Driving Offences
Operation Taurus – Oxford Crown Court 2008

This case was a high profile Dangerous Driving charge resulting from the National Express Coach Crash on the M4/M25, which caused 3 deaths and injuries to over 50 passengers which included amputations. The case required expertise in a large – scale accident reconstruction and detailed analysis of scientific reports provided by leading experts in the field.

Drugs Offences
Operation Phoenix – Southampton Crown Court 2008

50 handed large scale conspiracy to supply drugs in Hampshire by London gangs.

Violent Crimes
Operation Withern – Inner London Crown Court 2011 – 2012

We were instructed to represent many cases involving the 2012 riots across the country including offences of violent disorder, burglary, theft and arson.

Immigration Crimes
Operation Hudson – Isleworth Crown Court 2013

This defendant, although, due to be tried alone, has been arrested as part of Operation Hudson which investigates the facilitation of young women from Nigeria for prostitution is what the authorities allege.

Rv M – Southwark Crown Court 2012

This case involved surveillance on users of the internet who share files, some of which contain illicit images. This was a joint operation with officers from the Human Trafficking team and the Child Protection Agency who were jointly involved in the prosecution of this case.

R v L – Reading Crown Court 2011

This multi-handed case involves a prosecution against a number of Romanian males who are allegedly responsible for trafficking a number of women from Romanian into the U.K for sexual exploitation.

Operation: R v C & K and Others – Isleworth Crown Court 2010

This prosecution was brought by the UKBA. The case involved a multi handed conspiracy to facilitate the immigration of asylum seekers into the UK. The prosecution followed a 9-month investigation of into a suspected plot to help 15 people enter the UK via Heathrow Airport. In each case, the illegal immigrants arrived in the UK without passports and claimed asylum as Afghans. The travellers would fly from India to Bangkok. They would then be provided with counterfeit passports, visas and boarding cards for onward flights to Heathrow.