“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.

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Acquittal – Terrorist Profiling

Mel Kelemework achieves an acquittal for our client, a highly respected figure in both the public and private sector, alleged to racially abuse individuals through terrorism profiling. This was a high stakes case in which any conviction would have impacted upon our client's career and led to an enhanced security status. Colin Witcher of Counsel was instructed.

Successful Sentence Reduction

Our Zaki Hashmi successfully persuades the Court of Appeal to reduce our client's sentence by eight months in relation to a serious robbery offence.


Our Claire Anderson successfully persuades the CPS to drop charges of a serious assault allegation against our professional client. Convictions would have seriously impacted his career. Our client is delighted and extremely relieved.

Case Dismissed: CPS Reps

Claire Anderson successfully persuades the CPS to drop a charge against our client, relating to serious knife crime.Our client was a vulnerable adult with mental health issues and Claire prepared extensive representations supported by medical evidence, which were eventually accepted by the Crown.Needless to say, her client and his family are both delighted and relieved.

Cash Seized Returned

Robert Borwick secures the return of almost £150,000 of our clients money that was seized by the NCA.  As a result of  proactive engagement and written submissions to the NCA, the money that was seized and detained last year was returned in full. At an earlier stage, Robert Borwick also represented an individual arrested on suspicion of money laundering in relation to the same seized cash.  No further action was taken in those criminal proceedings.

ABV Win: UK-US Extradition

Deepak Vij, Director and Amirah Ajaz, Partner of ABV solicitors successfully defend and prevent their client Jabir Siddiq, referred to in court as Jabir Motiwala, from being extradited to the U.S on charges of Narcotics Importation, Extortion and Money Laundering. Read more here

Not Guilty

Rishi Verma secures a verdict of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in a complex expert evidence case where our client faced charges of attempted abduction of a 4-year old girl. Ben Brown from Carmelite was instructed as Counsel.

Extradition: Success

Rishi Verma, instructing Daniel Sternberg from Temple Gardens successfully argues before the High Court to discharge an Extradition Request to Bulgaria, challenging prison conditions and Article 8 ECHR; assurances given by Bulgaria were insufficient. Judgement

Cash Detention Prevented

Our Sidra Quadri successfully prevents the detention of substantial cash seized by the Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Encrochat: Acquittal

Deepak Vij, Partner at ABV Solicitors and Senior Solicitor Rohit Sharma successfully induce the CPS to offer no evidence on a multi-million-pound EncroChat case concerning a conspiracy to import a vast amount of class A drugs. Challenges were made to the attribution evidence of an EncroChat handle which was linked to the defendant. Counsel instructed was Tim Forte from 3 Temple Garden Chambers.

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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