“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.

Case Dropped: Sexual Assault

Our Claire Anderson successfully made representations to the police who offered No Further Action against our client, a university professor accused of historic sexual offence, within 2 months of his arrest.

Acquittal: Murder

17 year old client acquitted of Murder at the Old Bailey, represented by Hanisha Godhania and Mel Kelemework of ABV. Counsel instructed Alexandra Healy QC and Ben Waidhofer from Foundry.

Not Guilty: Doctor

Rishi Verma represented a Doctor facing serious sexual assault allegations. After trial, our client was acquitted of all charges enabling him to move on with his life and preserve his registration with the GMC. Jane Bickerstaff QC instructed as counsel.

Modern Slavery: Not Guilty

Sunita Mehta secures a discontinuance of a prosecution for our client, a youth, facing serious charges. A NRM referral was made leading to a positive decision.

Disclosure Failures: Not Guilty

Multi-million pound boiler room fraud: Fergus Harrington represented a company director facing a diamond investment fraud and separate money laundering proceedings. CPS forced to drop the case after we uncovered serious disclosure failings during the trial and not guilty verdicts entered. Natasha Wong QC and James Martin instructed as Counsel.

Suspended Sentence

Partner Sunita Mehta secures a suspended sentence for our client facing serious sexual offences charges. Nicki Roberson from Foundry Chambers instructed.

Not Guilty: Modern Slavery

Our Damini Chavda achieves a not guilty verdict for our client charged with production of Cannabis. We successfully ran a defence under s45 of the Modern Slavery Act, submitting that our client was a victim of exploitation and successfully made representations to the CPS to offer no evidence. Benjamin Brown from Mountford Chambers instructed as Counsel.

Not Guilty: Murder

Afaya Syed and Partner Sunita Mehta secure not guilty verdicts for our client facing charges of Murder and Manslaughter. Serious case where our client was charged with 5 others, where the Prosecution alleged our client conspired to rob taxi drivers by using weapons. Challenges encountered by the defence team included dealing with a client who was vulnerable, suffering from underlying mental health issues, facing life changing allegations.

Not Guilty – “Householder Defence”

Our Martin Hawkes and Alice Brackenbury achieve an acquittal at trial for our client who was charged with a serious assault. Unique defence raised of the “householder defence”, where a trespasser enters a dwelling.

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.

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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