What is a fraud solicitor ?


A fraud solicitor is essentially a legal professional who has chosen to specialise within the field of fraud in order to defend a fraud or money laundering offence whilst protecting both the client’s professional interests, and personal rights and priorities within the case. At ABV Solicitors we have been deemed as the leading UK criminal…

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Encrochat Phones Hacked

Article by: Deepak Vij In June 2020, it is believed that the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other international law enforcement agencies including Europol have successfully hacked into the Encrochat encrypted phones culminating in a large scale and coordinated operation across Europe resulting in a wave of arrests of many suspects involved in serious and…

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Sentence – New Law: Serve half or Two-Thirds?

Supreme Court

Article by: Zaki Hashmi The Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020 came into force on 1 April 2020 and has changed the basis on which certain prisoners are released from custody. The new provisions apply to specific offences of a violent or sexual nature for which the maximum sentence is…

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COVID-19 and Prisons. Is there a way out for vulnerable prisoners?

Justice scales

Article by: Deepak Vij and Katherine Higgs As the ongoing panic about the spread of COVID-19 continues across the globe many people are working from home and self-isolating with friends and family. Perversely ‘isolation’ is playing out rather differently inside UK prisons. The virus is spreading at an alarming rate, with 247,806 confirmed cases in…

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The Bribery Act: Commercial Organisations

City of London

Article by: Deepak Vij and Taimoor Tarafdar. On 1st July 2011 the Bribery Act 2010 came into force. Under section 7 of the Act a company is liable to prosecution if any associated person engages in bribery, unless the company can show that it had in place adequate procedures to prevent such conduct. But what…

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New Defence: Modern Slavery and Forced Labour

Royal Courts of Justice

Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 – a new defence for victims of modern slavery and forced labour Article by: Zaki Hashmi. The preamble to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 declares it to be “an Act to make provision about slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, including provision for the protection of…

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End the uncertainty caused by long police investigations

Advice at the Police Station

Article by: Claire Anderson. Leaving suspects in the dark for years can destroy lives – our justice system must unite for change. Waiting for results is stressful, whether it be for medical tests or exams, indeed anything that will have an impact on one’s life and future. Imagine a serious sexual allegation is made against…

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Boiler Room Fraud

Article by: Fergus Harrington. In this article Fergus Harrington, Solicitor at ABV Solicitors, reflects on the events that took place this week at Southwark Crown Court: We represented one of eight individuals charged with conspiracy to defraud through the fraudulent selling of carbon credits and diamonds as alternative investments. They were charged following a five-year…

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‘Upskirting’ to be made a criminal offence

Article by: Shaheen Rahman   An issue which has received substantial press coverage in recent weeks is one of ‘upskirting’. Under English law there are no specific offences of upskirting (despite it being an offence in Scotland) and such cases have been prosecuted in the past as offences of outraging public decency. This issue was…

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Sally Challen – From murder conviction to retrial

Royal Courts of Justice

Article by: Zaki Hashmi   On 28 February the Court of Appeal quashed the murder conviction of Sally Challen in a judgment which has received widespread media coverage.   Ms Challen killed her husband in a hammer attack in 2010 and was convicted at Guildford Crown Court the following year. At her trial she advanced…

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