“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, Queens 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.

Not Guilty: Sexual Assault

Claire Anderson secures the acquittal of  a young student charged with Sexual Assault. Both he and his family are hugely relieved that he has been vindicated, after an agonising 18 month wait for this matter to come to trial. Heather Stangoe from 23 Essex Street instructed as Counsel.

Acquittal: Sexual Assault

Rasna Loi obtains an acquittal for our client, charged with 10 counts of sexual assault before Aylesbury Crown Court. Vittoria Trigilio of 7 Bedford Row instructed as Counsel.

Pandora Jewellery: Success

Rohit Sharma successfully makes pre-charge representations to private investigators employed by Pandora jewellery, avoiding our client from being charged. It was alleged that the our client and another were selling counterfeit items which breached trademark regulations and caused significant losses to the Pandora brand.

Not Guilty

Akhtar Ahmad and Alice Brackenbury achieve a not guilty verdict for two of our privately funded clients facing serious assault charges. Neil Griffin and Stephan Alfred from Foundry Chambers instructed as counsel.

ACQUITTAL: CPS Disclosure Failings

Our Mel Kelemework secures another acquittal in a 10-handed sexual grooming case, following a successful disclosure request made by the Defence, arguing abuse and disclosure failings by the Prosecution. As a result the Prosecution drop all charges against our client. Sarah Ellis from Foundry Chambers instructed as Counsel. Read more here.

Suspended Sentence

Rasna Loi achieves a suspended sentence for our privately instructed client who was charged with sexual communication with a child. Katie Doherty from Foundry Chambers instructed as Counsel.

Not Guilty: Conspiracy

Deepak Vij and Rohit Sharma persuade the Crown to offer no evidence for our client facing serious conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering charges, indicted as part of Operation Challenger. Will England of Mountford Chambers instructed as Counsel. Our client was the only Defendant out of 7 to be acquitted of all charges.

Acquittal: Duty Evasion

Deepak Vij and Rohit Sharma, achieve a not guilty verdict for our client, a Defendant in Operation Curtain (incorporating Operation Beetle and Operation Buttery), a HMRC investigation into smuggling and distribution of non-UK duty paid cigarettes. More than 3 million illicit cigarettes were seized. Trial 1 contained ten defendants, and our client was one of two acquitted. Alastair Smith from 2 Bedford Row instructed of Counsel and our Zaki Hashmi as junior.

Acquittal: Modern Slavery

Our Mel Kelemework has successfully obtained an acquittal for our client charged with county lines conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. We ran a defence under s45 of the Modern Slavery Act, submitting that our client was a victim of exploitation and by calling expert evidence. Unanimous not guilty verdicts for our client after only 1 hour of deliberation. Peta-Louise Bagott from Doughty Street instructed as Counsel.

No Further Action

Claire Anderson succeeds in persuading the Police to take no further action against her client who was accused of serious sexual offences. Claire made detailed written representations to the police, and submitted  pertinent documentation which clearly undermined the reliability of the Complainant’s account. 

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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