“Boutique firm with a strong reputation across general and financial crime. Experienced advisers on charges of tax fraud, credit fraud and money laundering. Also has a strong record of dealing with high-value mortgage fraud”

Chambers & Partners

This really is a first-class outfit. The team is committed, hardworking and displays a genuine commitment to its clients

Chambers & Partners

“ABV continues to build its financial crime team to provide a professional and impressive service. They are well able to adapt to the needs of their clients, many of whom are company directors or corporate clients. Their client care and case preparation are exceptional”

Chambers & Partners

“The team at ABV Solicitors garners praise for its 'excellent client care and expertise across a broad and diverse spectrum of criminal law disciplines'. It is adept at handling cases of terrorism, sexual assault (including historic abuse), immigration, human trafficking and immigration.”

Legal 500

"ABV Solicitors provide a first-class service, characterised by a quiet efficiency, tactical astuteness and a personal touch"

Legal 500

"ABV Solicitors frequently act for high net worth individuals in fraud cases, as well as high profile cases in several different areas of financial crime."

Legal 500

About ABV Solicitors

“Defending your Rights Protecting your Interests”

Cited in the top Legal Directories (Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500) as a “Leading Firm” specialising in criminal law, ABV Solicitors are firmly established as one of the foremost criminal law firms in the country, instructed to represent clients both nationally and internationally.

A team of highly regarded and dedicated lawyers backed up by committed support staff, work hard to achieve the best possible outcome when defending clients against allegations investigated and prosecuted by the Police and other state agencies.

With strong links to leading Barristers, Kings Counsel and Forensic Experts in the field of Criminal Law, ABV Solicitors have an exceptional reputation for providing high quality representation covering the full spectrum of criminal offences, with expertise in robustly defending allegations of serious crime particularly complex fraud, sexual offences, regulatory law and cases which have a high-profile.

If you are looking for the following, contact our expert team for a discreet consultation.


Our Sophie Bell secures a not guilty outcome for our client, a long serving senior crew member, who faced serious charges relating to sexual offences.


Damini Chavda secures a not guilty verdict for our client, charged with rape. Case heard before Guildford Crown Court. Sensitive case as the offence was alleged to have taken place when our client was a youth. A conviction would have had a serious impact for our client for the rest of his life. Estelle Thornber of Furnival Chambers instructed as Counsel.


Our Rajah Azam, achieves a not guilty outcome for our client facing serious sexual offence charges before Reading Crown Court. Sensitive case involving an incident which allegedly occurred in a work environment. Nadia Chbat of 4KBW instructed as counsel.


Partner Claire Anderson succeeds in persuading the police to drop an allegation in a very sensitive case, involving a 3 week old baby, after they initially deemed a ‘Conditional caution’ to be suitable.As a result of Claire’s extensive written presentations, the police were persuaded to re consider their approach and the outcome has left her professional client with no criminal sanctions at all.  


Our Sidra Quadri achieves a not guilty verdict for our client, facing serious sexual offence charges, which if convicted had devastating consequences. Case was heard before Reading Crown Court. Gavin Holme of 4KBW instructed as Counsel.


Our Rasna Loi achieves a not guilty verdict for our client, charged with Rape, under the age of 16 before Guildford Crown Court. A pro-active defence was run by Rasna, including fighting the DNA evidence and instructing experts. Counsel instructed was Jeremy Rosenberg from 23 Essex Street.


Rob Borwick and Hanisha Godhania of ABV Solicitors represented Louis Matturie in a trial before Chester Crown Court in the ‘Benjamin Mendy’ case.Mr Matturie was acquitted of five allegations of rapes and one allegation of sexual assault following a five month in January 2023.In September 2023 he was retried in relation to allegations the original jury failed to reach a verdict on.  The jury acquitted him of two allegations of rape and one allegation of sexual assault.  The jury failed to reach a verdict in relation to one other allegation of sexual assault.   The Prosecution have now offered no evidence in relation to this allegation.Mr Matturie has therefore been acquitted of all allegations brought against him.See more here: Manchester Evening News and Daily Mail

Top Ranked – Financial Crime and Crime

ABV Solicitors are proud to announce that we are top ranked for Financial Crime and Crime in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

EncroChat: Not Guilty

One of the first Encro (Op Venetic) cases charged, commencing in 2020. Post service of Defence Statement and inadequate secondary disclosure, the defence made continued disclosure requests. This resulted in a PII application, after which the Prosecution offered no evidence against the defendant. 3 years after charge and offences contested from the outset, not guilty verdicts were formally recorded. Our team was led by Zahir Ahmed and Fergus Harrington. Mark Heywood KC of 5KBW and Alastair Smith of 2BR instructed as counsel.

Not Guilty

Akhtar Ahmad and Sunita Mehta successfully defend client accused of historical rape by staff member at the former VIP Cobden Club. Counsel instructed was Paul Jackson of 18 RLC. Read here

Notable Cases


Worldwide bribery & corruption investigation, value circa $1 billion.



Successful defence in the case of USA v Jabir Motiwala, making legal history.



Allegations of fraud, revealing an accounting irregularity of £94 million.


Public enquiry: Iraq

Iraq Fatality Public Enquiry, headed by Sir George Newman, post death of Iraqi civilian in the war.


Highly publicised investment fraud involving London Capital & Finance. Over 11,000 investors lost £237 million.


Sophisticated terrorism case, alleging Pro-Islamic State ideology following a covert operation.


Allegations of bribery & misconduct against British American Tobacco.



Premier League footballer & others, facing serious sexual offences, multiple victims.


Operation melrose

Highly publicised people smuggling "Essex Lorry Deaths" of 30 Vietnamese nationals.


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