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Violent Crimes

ABV Solicitors have considerable expertise in representing those accused of violent crimes such as s.18 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), s.20 GBH, Actual Bodily Harm, Common Assault, Affray, Robbery and Kidnap.

The law relating to violent offences is based on principles from the 19th century. Consequently, it is outdated and many regard as not fit for purpose. Prosecuting agencies have developed strategies such as “victimless prosecutions” in an attempt to paper over the cracks. At ABV Solicitors we pride ourselves on both being alive to these problems and employing our own specialist knowledge to advance our client’s case.

Whether you face a serious allegation of intentional Grievous Bodily Harm, or the lesser allegation of Common Assault, we know that the consequences of a conviction can be devastating. With access to leading advocates and forensic experts ABV Solicitors provide clients in appropriate cases with the ability to rebut and put forward a strong defence when the Prosecution case is built on forensics, injury patterns, cellsite or facial mapping and other forms of evidence.

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal investigation, call our dedicated team who will provide you with advice and expertise.

Key Individuals

Robert Borwick Solicitor

Robert Borwick


Sunita Mehta London Solicitor

Sunita Mehta


Hanisha Godhania Solicitor London ABV

Hanisha Godhania


Rishi Verma London Solicitor Fraud Crime

Rishi Verma


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Notable Cases

Operation Addlings – Blackfriars Crown Court

Sophisticated hawala banking alleged money laundering operation where Defendants are linked to the operation due to hundreds of £5 “token notes” found on mobile phones which suggest that millions of pounds were laundered.

Operation Major – Guildford Crown Court

Professionally planned money laundering operation where identities of individuals were hijacked to commit fraud and launder millions of pounds which was transferred through companies as far as Singapore. The Prosecution rely upon extensive digital evidence to link the Defendants in the creation of these companies and the onward transfer.

Operation Surging – Southwark Crown Court

An investigation conducted by the National Crime Agency where it is suspected that the organised crime group has laundered large quantities of cash, estimated to be at least £40 million. The source of the criminal conduct is believed to be derived from bonded alcohol which has been diverted to the UK market without the payment of an excise duty.

R v S Sheffield Crown Court

Conspiracy to evade duty on tobacco, money laundering and possession with intent to supply drugs. Police seized 2.1 million cigarettes, some of which were counterfeit and some had been manufactured in the Baltic for smuggling markets.

R v B & B – Isleworth Crown Court

Lengthy police investigation resulted in both Mr and Mrs B being charged with money laundering offences, with £60,000 in cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Detailed defence bundle, evidencing the origins of the cash seized, was served at an early stage in the investigation. Ultimately our defence application to dismiss was successful at the Crown Court.

Operation Solitude – Reading Crown Court

Alleged to be a serious money service bureau operation which was used to transfer criminal property obtained through drug dealing by other suspects in the South East of the UK. Sums of cash handled by the Defendants exceed £4.5 million.

R v D – Isleworth Crown Court

A multi-handed case relating to over £8 million laundered. Substantial surveillance conducted over a lengthy period of time. Evidence of criminality was purely circumstantial therefore the principles in R v Anwoir 1998 were central to this case.

Operation Accolade – Reading Crown Court

This investigation concerned an allegation that the Defendant which we represented was a sophisticated and cunning  money launderer who was closely linked with serious and organised criminality in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Surrey areas. The prosecution relied Based on surveillance and cell site evidence to attempt to prove the movement and launder of millions of pounds through numerous bank accounts. The case was linked to R v A and Operation Quaker.

Operation Doberman – Manchester Crown Court

Following the convictions of a number of family members for the importation of heroin and other dishonesty offences, and investigation was conducted into the finances of 11 Defendants. The individuals faced allegations of Conspiracy to Launder Money over a 10- year period and were said to have dissipated their assets worth around £1 million at the point of a family members arrest or confiscation proceedings. Unusual case which is linked to Operation Cadmus, Operation Shoreham and Operation Muscadet.

R v K – Southwark Crown Court

The defendant was said to be the owner of a number of illegitimate money exchange bureaus across the U.K who had through a sophisticated manner had laundered in excess of £9.2 million with the assistance of a number of other defendants. The phone and cell site evidence produced by the prosecution was successfully undermined.

Operation Kemney
/ CPS v Mattu [2010] CRIM L.R 229CA – REPORTED CASE – Lewes Crown Court

Multi handed Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud. The case involved complex confiscation proceedings involving millions of pounds worth of assets. This was a Reported case which dealt with the Breach of Promise namely promise on acceptable pleas/basis of plea and bail.

Operation Unphazed – Nottingham Crown Court

The case centres around allegations of a Missing Trader/ VAT Fraud and money laundering to the value of £10 million which resulted in alleged breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Over 50 companies based in the UK and Europe were said to be involved in complex chains of transactions where the Defendant was acting as an Escrow Agent.

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