Voluntary Interviews – What you should know

Voluntary Interview

Article by Claire Anderson ‘Your client has to attend the Voluntary Interview, Miss Anderson’ the officer told me, without a hint of irony. ‘Actually, he doesn’t have to, hence it’s called ‘voluntary’ ‘I replied, ‘and until you can provide me with the appropriate disclosure to demonstrate any evidence that he may have committed an offence…

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SFO: Disclosure Failings lead to Trial Collapse

FCA Investigation

Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Disclosure Failings Cause Serco Fraud Trial Collapse Article by: Robert Borwick Once again, disclosure failings by the Prosecution, in this case the SFO, have resulted in the collapse of a serious fraud case.  Yesterday two former senior executives at Serco were cleared in a case where it had been alleged there…

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ABV Win: UK-US Extradition

Press Release: 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 from the U.K to the U.S on charges of Narcotics Importation, Extortion and Money Laundering. This was a long, complex and high- profile extradition case…

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EncroChat Acquittal

Article by Deepak Vij and Rohit Sharma R v S & Oths – Operation Salesperson & Operation Soku – Snaresbrook Crown Court  Deepak Vij, Partner and Rohit Sharma, Senior Solicitor of the Fraud and Complex Crime department at ABV Solicitors successfully obtain an acquittal on a large Conspiracy to Import Class A drug case concerning…

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Bounce Back Loans Fraud


Article by: Deepak Vij, Partner at ABV Solicitors Bounce Back Loans Scheme (BBLS) Fraud ABV Solicitors are currently advising and representing a number of suspects in respect of alleged fraudulent applications for Bounce Back Loans. The NCA (The National Crime Agency), working in conjunction with NATIS (The National Investigation Service) and other law enforcement agencies…

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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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