“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

Coronavirus – COVID‑19 – ABV Solicitors message to our clients and fellow professionals in the CJS

ABV Solicitors remain open across the firm and its offices but we have amended our working practices in light of HM Government’s advice to support the efforts in halting the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. All our staff are set up to work remotely. All appointments will be conducted by video or telephone calls. Our lawyers will continue to represent clients at Courts and Police Stations remotely and will only attend in person where it is deemed safe to do so for all concerned. This position and our response to it remains under constant review.

Details of the Government response to COVID‑19 can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Government Response

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.

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£250m Money Laundering: No Further Action

Akhtar Ahmad and Iram Iqbal successfully achieve no further action for our client facing a £250 million money laundering investigation.

Prosecution Avoided

Ashwinder Gill successfully avoids her client from being prosecuted for benefit fraud following representations.

Reduced Sentence: Money Laundering

Deepak Vij and Amirah Ajaz achieve a substantial reduction at sentence for our client who pleaded guilty to multi-million money laundering charges following negotiations at Kingston Crown Court. Counsel Felicia Davy from 18 Red Lion Court instructed.

Acquittal – Bribery

Deepak Vij and Taimoor Tarafdar achieve not guilty verdicts for our client who was alleged to have laundered circa £800,000, derived from bribe payments. Trial listed before Southwark Crown Court. Counsel, Michael Goodwin QC instructed.

Suspended Sentence

Rohit Sharma secures a suspended sentence for our client facing money laundering charges. Conspiracy to commit fraud dropped after a successful application to dismiss. Joe Hingston of Carmelite Chambers instructed.


Sidra Quadri secures not guilty verdicts for our client who was charged with 15 counts of historic rape and sexual assaults. Counsel instructed was Nadia Chbat from 4KBW.

Acquittal: Murder

Jodie Chesney Murder before the Old Bailey: Acquittal for our client today charged with murder, represented by Sunita Mehta and supervising Partner Robert Borwick. Counsel instructed were Sarah Forshaw QC from 5KBW and Alastair Smith from 2 Bedford Row. Links to Press Coverage:BBC NewsSky NewsThe GuardianEvening StandardDaily MailThe SunEssex Live

No Further Action

Deepak Vij and Amirah Ajaz successfully represent our client in an investigation conducted by the Environment Agency, with over £10 million alleged to have been laundered. Investigation resulted in no further action being taken against our client.

Band 1 Firm – Chambers & Partners 2020

ABV Solicitors are delighted to maintain their rankings as a "Band 1" Firm in the Regions for Financial Crime in the 2020 Chambers and Partners Digital Guide to UK Law Firms.Partners of the firm, Deepak Vij and Akhtar Ahmad continue their success in being ranked as "Band 1" lawyers in Financial Crime. Amirah Ajaz features again as an "Associate to watch" in Financial Crime. See the link here: Chambers and Partners

Trial Collapses – Sexual Offence

Claire Anderson secures the collapse of our trial at Kingston Crown Court where our client was charged with indecent images. Our defence expert undermined the prosecution report and substantiated the defence raised which was that, images were 'auto downloaded' from an app based chat which the client had clicked on. Dominic D'Souza from Goldsmith Chambers was instructed as counsel.

Notable Cases

SFO Investigation

Bribery and corruption allegation against Unaoil and affiliated companies.


Operation Kadenza – Southwark Crown Court

UK's largest vishing & phishing cyber fraud circa £113 million.


Operation Cotton – Southwark Crown Court

Highly publicised multi-million pound land banking fraud.


Operation Aquamarine – Southwark Crown Court


Historic offshore £40 million mortgage fraud prior to the world banking crisis.


SFO Investigation

Allegations of bribery and misconduct against British American Tobacco (BAT UK).


Operation Stagecoach – Blackfriars Crown Court

Complex multi-million-pound Rare Earth investment fraud.


Environmental Agency Investigation

Allegations of illegally depositing high volumes of waste, fraud and money laundering in excess of £10 million.


Operation Pulex – Kingston Crown Court

British Airways baggage handlers allegedly involved in smuggling over 100kg of Class A and B drugs.


Operation Examine – Woolwich Crown Court

Alleged mass suicide bomb plot charged under s.5 Terrorism Act 2006.


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