“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.


Partner Zaki Hashmi represented a young student midwife facing disbarment by the Disclosure and Barring Service, following an incident at a care home where she worked. Zaki made written representations; the DBS decided not to add her to the “barred list”. She can now continue her degree course and work as a midwife on graduation


Partner Rishi Verma, instructing Neil Griffin of Foundry Chambers, successfully keeps our client out of prison facing serious GBH, charged with extreme body modification acts for a pay-per-view website. The remaining Defendants were sent to prison. Read here.

Pre-Charge: Case Dropped

Our Iram Iqbal and instructed counsel Eleanor Laws KC, persuade the police to drop a case against our client, a youth facing serious charges of rape. We proactively engaged in the Pre-Charge Engagement process leading to the police closing the investigation and our client avoiding the matter proceeding to Court.

£50M DUBAI – Money Laundering

Akhtar Ahmad and Hanisha Godhania secure not guilty verdicts for our client, initially charged with money laundering amounting to £50 million. One of seven defendants charged and only our client was acquitted. Proceeds were alleged to be transferred from the UK via companies to Dubai. Alastair Smith of 2 Bedford Row instructed as counsel.


Our Director Robert Borwick represented an International Student facing an allegation of possession of a bladed article.As a result of the advice provided at the police station and following a review of the prosecution evidence, written representations were made to the Crown Prosecution Service which led them to discontinue the proceedings against our client.


Partner Hanisha Godhania and Mel Kelemework represented a mother in relation to the alleged murder of her two-month-old child. Through expert evidence and detailed representations, they were able to persuade the prosecution to accept a guilty plea to the lesser offence of manslaughter which resulted in her being released from custody on the day of sentence due to time already served. This was a sensitive and complex case due to the nature of the case, unusual expert evidence and the client having suffered with post-natal depression. Mathew Sherratt KC and Puneet Rai instructed as counsel.

No Further Action

Our Claire Anderson successfully persuades the police to drop an allegation of Covid loan fraud in respect of a young professional woman whose career would have been seriously jeopardised if charged. The police accepted representations that a prosecution was simply not in the public interest much to the relief of her client who is now free to pursue her legal career.


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.

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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