“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

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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Chambers and Partners Leading Firm

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.


Deepak Vij and Rohit Sharma substantially reduce a confiscation order for our client who was said to be involved in a multi-million pound money laundering operation. Neil Griffin from Foundry Chambers instructed.

Acquittal: Drugs

Taimoor Tarafdar secures the acquittal of our client after a 5 week trial of a Dutch lorry driver charged with Conspiracy to Import drugs. Anu Mohindru from Foundry Chambers was instructed.

Suspended Sentence – Fraud

Rohit Sharma secures a suspended sentence for our client who was charged with committing fraud over a 7 year period. Ellis Sareen from Foundry Chambers was instructed as Counsel.

Acquittal: Sexual Assault

Claire Anderson instructing Chris Hewertson of 2 Kings Bench Walk, secure the acquittal of an Uber driver charged with Sexual Assault at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Acquittal: “People Smuggling”

Taimoor Tarafdar and Rohit Sharma secure an acquittal for our client after two trials who was alleged to have participated in a people smuggling operation. Case was investigated by the UK Border Agency. Paul Crampin from Carmelite Chambers was instructed.

Acquittal: Fraud – Maids Moreton Murder

Our Zaki Hashmi and Nathaniel Rudolf from 25 Bedford Row secure the acquittal of our client charged with fraud who was linked to the Maids Moreton murder of Peter Farquhar at Oxford Crown Court.Read the full article here: BBC News


Sayjel Patel of ABV Solicitors has successfully made representations to the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Crime Agency to prevent our client from being charged. Our client was a victim of modern slavery and was facing prosecution of serious drugs offences.

No Further Action: Rape

Iram Iqbal has secured no further action in three separate matters of rape recently at the police investigation stage. In one of the investigations, Iram Iqbal instructed Stephen Vullo QC where our clients were two serving soldiers accused of rape. Iram Iqbal attended the premised where the conduct was alleged to have taken place and carried out her own enquiries, collated defence evidence which was then handed over to the police. Due to her findings, the case against her clients was dismissed with no further action being taken by the police.



Serious Fraud &
Business Crime

Serious Crime

Serious &
General Crime

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Sexual Offences


Regulatory Law




Confiscation & Proceeds of Crime

Road Offences

Road Traffic Offences



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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