“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”

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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.

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Successful Acquittal: VAT Fraud

Deepak Vij and Rohit Sharma represented an individual who faced charges of VAT Fraud. The case was investigated by HMRC which was complex and required the consideration of voluminous material. Due to diligent representations and negotiations, the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.

VAT Fraud: Acquittal

Deepak Vij and Amirah Ajaz, instructing David Barnes of 3 Temple Gardens, secure the acquittal of our client facing charges of VAT Fraud at Southwark Crown Court.

Acquittal: Rape Charges

Iram Iqbal of ABV Solicitors successfully secures the acquittal of our client who faced two allegations of rape. The allegation was made at a New Years Eve party. Stephen Vullo QC was instructed as Counsel.

Acquittal: Money Laundering

Taimoor Tarafdar of ABV Solicitors secures an acquittal for our client who was alleged to have managed a nationwide brothel network and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple accounts. The jury unanimously reached a not guilty verdict. Alastair Smith from Foundry Chambers was instructed as Counsel.

Another Acquittal: Sexual Assault

Claire Anderson, instructing Jane Bickerstaff QC, secures the acquittal of a 24 year old man charged with Sexual Assault at Reading Crown Court. Our client is delighted and relieved after suffering a 2 year ordeal.

Acquittal: Sexual Assault

Claire Anderson of ABV Solicitors and Jane Bickerstaff QC of 9 Bedford Row secure the acquittal of our client, a Pharmacist, who was charged with Sexual Assault. The defence team worked tireless to undermine the evidence presented by the Prosecution including CCTV evidence.The jury unanimously returned a verdict of not guilty.

Collapse of a Multi Million Pound Carbon Credit Fraud Trial

Today ABV secured the acquittal of a client in a multi-million pound carbon credit fraud at Southwark Crown Court. The Crown offered no evidence following cross-examination of the prosecution expert in a voir dire.The Crown were forced to offer no evidence after it became clear they were unable to fulfil their disclosure duties for our client and the other seven defendants to have a fair trial. This decision was reached on day 21 of the trial.

Acquittal: Historic Sexual Offence

Iram Iqbal instructing Stephen Vullo QC from 2 Bedford Row secures a not guilty verdict for our client, a secondary school teacher, who faced 11 charges of historic sexual offences.

Conviction Quashed for Money Laundering Case

Akhtar Ahmad and Hanisha Godhania of ABV Solicitors, who instructed Stan Reiz of 2 Bedford Row to represent H in his successful appeal at the Court of of Appeal (Criminal Divison) on the 23rd May 2019. ABV Solicitors or Counsel did not act for the client in the lower Courts.H was alleged to have laundered the proceeds of a fraud targeting elderly victims who were deceived into transferring large sums of money to the bank accounts of third parties, by fraudsters posing as police officers.The argument on appeal was that the trial Judge erred in finding there was a case to answer. It was submitted that by receiving the proceeds of the fraud into his bank accounts, H was not “acquiring” criminal property as it did not have its criminal character until after it was received into his bank accounts. It was conceded on behalf of H that had the Prosecution charged any other offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”), H would have been properly convicted.The Court accepted it had no choice but to allow the appeal and quash the conviction. Whilst the argument advanced was described as a technical point and unattractive, the Court concluded it was well-founded.When available, a link to the judgment will be added to this post and a blog explaining the relevance of the case to practitioners will also be posted on our website.

No Further Action

No further action to be taken against a MD for a successful business who was questioned regarding allegations of sexual assault, after taking into account robust written representations by Claire Anderson of ABV Solicitors. Naturally our client is relieved and delighted.



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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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