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Sexual Offence Solicitor

“Defending your Rights and Protecting your Interests”

Recognised as a “Leading Firm”, ABV Solicitors have considerable experience in robustly defending those accused of a range of sexual offence solicitor including;

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual grooming
  • Historical sexual allegations
  • Indecent images
  • Child abuse

See our notable case list below.

Being falsely accused of any type of sexual offence can be a very traumatic experience with far reaching consequences for the client and their family. A mere allegation has the potential to destroy a clients career, their reputation, and ultimately lead to the loss of their liberty.

Allegations of this nature are highly sensitive and require an expert approach to achieve the right outcome for the client.

It is vital to get the right specialist representation at the earliest possible stage. Putting the best team in place and taking immediate, proactive steps such as gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses to counter the allegations can affect the decision to prosecute.

At ABV Solicitors we have a dedicated team specialising in defending these allegations.  We are available to our clients at times and locations to suit them.

We provide expert representation at the police station, the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. We have access to and instruct some of the country’s leading barristers, QC’s and Forensic and Medical Experts.

Our team at ABV solicitors are available 24 hours a day 7 days per week.  We offer a confidential and discreet service to our clients.

If you are accused of such offences please call us in confidence on 0344 587 9996 and speak to an experienced sexual offence solicitor now.

Notable Cases

R v FI & TK – Central Criminal Crown Court – Operation Articulate

This case involved 12 defendants who were accused of grooming two complainants. The Prosecution case was that these males then invited other men to have sex with the girls. We represented two of the defendants; one was acquitted of all charges.

Operation Woodgate – Guildford Crown Court

This case was brought under the Modern Slavery Act; the case against our defendant was that he was one of a number of adults engaged in arranging the transportation of 14-15 year old females to various hotels in South London for the purposes of sexually exploiting them after supplying them with alcohol and drugs. Our client was acquitted after a lengthy and complex trial.

Operation Fitzroy – Blackfriars Crown Court

This case concerned serious sexual offence solicitor on young girls who were said to have been ‘groomed’ having met the defendants via social media and taken to open sex parties, provided with drugs and alcohol. Complex case where ABV Solicitors studied the mobile phone evidence extensively to undermine the prosecution case.

R v A – Reading Crown Court – Operation Cornet

This case was an allegation of sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity ‘grooming’.

R v M – Isleworth Crown Court

A defendant of previous good character  faced proceedings for possession of several thousand indecent images of children, including a large number of the highest category images. The defendant received a suspended sentence.

R v W – Lincoln Crown Court

A highly publicised and topical case regarding ‘revenge porn’ in which the young defendant faced allegations of threatening ex-girlfriends (under 18) with the release of their naked images unless they had sex with him or paid him. This case involved careful handling and expert negotiation skills where the Defendant.

Appeal of AL – Royal Court of Justice

This appellant was sentenced and as part of his sentence a sexual harm prevention order was imposed. The defence team managed to negotiate the terms down to ones which were much more agreeable to the appellant despite obstructive and aggressive tactics by the police.

R v L – Blackfriars Crown Court

We represented the Defendant who faced multiple counts of historical rape, attempted rape and indecent assault. The Crown alleged that the Defendant had committed these serious sexual offence solicitor against his niece who was between 8 and 14 years old at the time of the alleged offences. The case involved meticulous examination of the Complainant’s account and extensive research to corroborate the weaknesses in her evidence.

R v P

This case involved a defence of consensual sexual activity. The case involved cross-examination of the Complainant on the night in question and also previous contact between her and the Defendant. The Defence adduced good character references to support his case. The Defendant was found not guilty unanimously by the jury. The Defendant was a high-profile individual which resulted in publicity in national newspapers.

R v B – Reading Crown Court

ABV represented a learning support teaching assistant at a primary school for an allegation of sexually touching a 6 years old student whilst at school during a lesson. This defendant was acquitted at trial.

R v C – Reading Crown Court

This defendant was accused of massaging a female’s bottom on the High Street. Initially this matter was contested, but on the day of trial the defence team instructed managed to negotiate a basis of plea which was favourable to the defendant. Subsequently, he changed his plea and was sentenced to a suspended sentence, avoiding immediate imprisonment which is the most common outcome in such cases.

R v CG – Portsmouth Crown Court

We represented an ex navy male accused of sexually abusing his step daughter over a period of time when she was a child many years ago. The allegations contained a number of inconsistencies in the complainant’s account where the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court

The defendant is charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure on an aircraft against a female victim.  The case involves exploration of the defendant’s mental health condition and may involve possible issues concerning the defendant’s fitness to plead.

R v G – Isleworth Crown Court

ABV represented a masseur on a cruise ship who was accused of providing a massage and whilst doing so sexually assaulted the complainant. This offence involved a serious breach of trust where the complainant was in a vulnerable position as she would have been in a state of undress at the time in a secluded room on the ship. A trial took place and the defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v O & Others – Snaresbrook Crown Court

An allegation against three French nationals of gang rape against the daughter of a senior police officer. The case focused on the behaviour of the complainant at the time of the incident supported by expert evidence on the effect of alcohol consumption and ‘black out’ drinking. Acquittals were secured for all defendants.

R v R – Isleworth Crown Court/Ealing Youth Court

This case involved a twelve count indictment, consisting of various historical offences of rape of a child, assault of child under 13 by penetration, Sexual Activity with a child and causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. The sexual contact being with the Defendant’s (aged 8 at the time) half-sister (aged 5 at the time).  There were a number of inconsistencies with the account provided by the complainant resulting in limited guilty pleas to the less serious offences. The matter was sent back to the Youth Court and the Defendant received a referral order.

R v C – Reading Crown Court

ABV Solicitors represented a Defendant who was jointly charged with his girlfriend and both suffered from severe learning disabilities for offences of conspiracy to rape and digital penetration.  Both defendants were convicted of conspiracy to rape but acquitted of digital penetration. This was a case which involved intermediaries for both Defendants throughout the trial process.

R v M & Another – Isleworth Crown Court

ABV represented a professional footballer who is alleged to have met the complainant, aged 17 on Tinder. They met at a co-defendant’s home, and engaged in consensual sexual activity. The complainant then alleges that non-consensual activity takes place between the three of them. Images and videos were taken of the sexual activities.

R v S – Woolwich Crown Court

This case concerned an allegation against three men of rape. Right from the outset, ABV Solicitors put forward a pro-active defence and as a consequence, the prosecution offered no evidence and the defendants were released immediately from custody.

R v H – Reading Crown Court

A case concerning consent, a typical ‘he said’ ‘she said’ rape case where the jury had to decide who was more credible, the complainant or the defendant. ABV Solicitors worked intensively with the client to cross examine the prosecution witnesses to undermine their account resulting in an acquittal for the client.

R v and others-Guildford Crown Court

Defending a client accused of the sexual exploitation of under age girls. This was one of the earliest prosecutions under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The client was acquitted after a two months trial.

R v W – Reading Crown Court

This case concerned serious sexual offence solicitor perpetrated on younger family members over a long period of time. Approximately 19,500 indecent images of children were found at the defendant’s address along with several historical digital recordings. This prosecution case was not wholly challenged but certain aspects were, and ABV managed to secure a minimum sentence.

R v W Southwark Crown Court

Conspiracy to defraud in excess of £1.8 million. This involved the use of a company doing substantial trade in support of the disabled. There was a substantial volume of documentary evidence relied upon by the prosecution. Following a 2-month trial, the defendant was acquitted.

R v B Maidstone Crown Court

Making and possessing indecent images. The defendant was a director of IT at a leading independent school. The defendant was acquitted of all 14 counts.

R v CG Central Criminal Court

This case involved a number of historical charges of assault by penetration against his step daughter. In the first trial, the defendant was acquitted of some charges but the jury were unable to reach a verdict in respect of the remaining counts. This resulted in a re trial of the remaining counts of which the defendant was found not guilty.

R v K & I Central Criminal Court

This case involved 10 defendants who had been accused of grooming two 11-year-old girls. We represented two of the defendants, one of whom was acquitted of all charges. The second defendant had two charges out of four dismissed.

R v N Woolwich crown Court

The defendant was one of 4 defendants charged with serious sex offences. In cases such as these, probing for full disclosure from the Crown is critically important and can often change the course of the evidence. Documents unearthed in this case undermined the complainant’s credibility as far as the client was concerned and he was the only one of the 4 defendants to be acquitted.

R v P – Aylesbury Crown Court

Case involving the possession and attempted distribution of indecent images. The Prosecution had stopped categorising the category A images at 276 and had referred to a further 900,766 indecent images which had not been categorised. Client was aged 63, in successful professional employment and had never previously been arrested. He was advised pre-charge about the process and the steps he could take to prepare for mitigation. Client avoided a custodial sentence due to successful representations to the Prosecution resulting in the attempted distribution charge being withdrawn, the advancement of legal argument in respect of the uncategorised images and the presentation of persuasive evidence in mitigation.

R v W – Isleworth Crown Court

A historic rape case dating back to 2003. Defendant faces three  counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual activity with a child. The victim is now an adult and ABV Solicitors are heavily involved in advancing legal submissions and obtaining expert evidence.

R v Q – Isleworth Crown Court

This case is brought by a young victim who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver. The case is wholly contested by the defendant who is a man of good character.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court

This involves an allegation of rape of a male by another male in a hostel. The defendant wholly denies the allegations which involves forensic evidence and involved a complex issue regarding the defendant’s age at the time of the alleged offence.

R v J – Isleworth Crown Court

The defendant was charged with two counts of rape against a female. It was alleged that he broke into a female’s house and raped her in her bedroom. Case discontinued after significant pressure put on the Prosecution.

R v D

Instructed to represent an individual accused of Rape and Assault.  Because of defence evidence gathering and written representations the CPS decide not to proceed to charge.

R v J

Represented a Journalist accused of sexual assault in a workplace setting – Police take no further action following Police interview and written representations

R v C

Stockbroker – investigated for sexual assault in a nightclub. Police take No Further Action.

R v E

Managing Director accused of ongoing and historic sexual offence solicitor against his own child.  Client acquitted following trial.

R v R

Retired Police officer accused of historic sexual offence solicitor against his nieces.  Client acquitted following trial.

R v D

Music Executive accused of sexual assault/rape – Client acquitted following trial.

R v E

Childminder accused of sexual assault upon a young child.  Client acquitted as a result of legal argument prior to the commencement of the trial.

R v C

Teacher accused of historic sexual assaults upon a pupil.  Client acquitted following trial.

R v J – Kingston Crown Court

ABV represented a client facing allegations of making/possessing indecent images. Following representations as to the strength of the evidence the Prosecution agreed to discontinue the case against our client.

R v K – Isleworth Crown Court

Representing a client alleged to possess in excess of 4000 indecent images of children.

R v H & I – Old Bailey/Central Criminal Court

This case was a multi handed historical grooming matter where we represented two of the defendants facing a number of charges including conspiracy to rape two females who were aged approximately 13 years at the time. One of our clients faced 4 charges, two of rape and 2 of sexual activity with a child. An application to dismiss was made in respect of three of the charges including both rapes which was successful. The second defendant who faced allegations of Conspiracy to Rape was found Not Guilty.

R v G – Kingston CC

We represented a father who faced a number of allegations of sexually assaulting his son between the ages of 18 months and 6 years of age. Through a robust examination of the evidence and unused material a number of material inconsistencies in the account emerged resulting in an acquittal at trial.

R v F – Guildford Crown Court

ABV are instructed to represent a sports instructor facing allegations of historic sexual abuse upon pupils over a 30 year period.

R v E – Aylesbury Crown Court

This defendant faced one count of rape. The complainant’s account was that she was very drunk and believed at the time she was having sexual intercourse with her husband. Her husband had been asleep next to her. The defendant maintained that the sexual intercourse was consensual. The defendant was acquitted after a trial.

R v D – Reading Crown Court

The defendant was charged with two counts of rape against a female he had met one evening who was under the age of 16 years. The Defendant was successfully acquitted following a trial where he claimed that the act was consensual.

R v C – Southwark Crown Court

ABV represented an Army recruiting sergeant charged with number of historic rapes and sexual offence solicitor upon would be recruits. Case attracted national media coverage.

R v B – Reading Crown Court

ABV were instructed for a client facing allegations of rape and sexual assault upon family members. The case is currently ongoing with reporting restrictions in place.

Operation Peltier – Southwark Crown Court

Representing client in a multi handed 6 week trial case involving foreign nationals accused of trafficking and raping prostitutes in and around the United Kingdom. Case received a large amount of media coverage.

R v T – Reading Crown Court

Sensitive case involving a male who suffered from mental health issues who was charged with the rape of his mother and other violent acts including gouging her eyeballs out causing his mother total blindness. The case involved fitness to plead issues.

R v L – Reading Crown Court

This multi-handed case involves a prosecution against a number of Romanian males who are allegedly responsible for trafficking a number of women from Romanian into the U.K for sexual exploitation.

R v M – Southwark Crown Court

ABV represented an Army recruiting sergeant charged with number of historic rapes and sexual offence solicitor upon would be recruits from the commonwealth. The case attracted national media coverage.

Operation Hudson – Isleworth Crown Court

This defendant, although, due to be tried alone, had been arrested as part of Operation Hudson which investigated the facilitation of young women from Nigeria for prostitution.  

Key Individuals

Robert Borwick

Robert Borwick


Claire Hewitt

Claire Hewitt



Akhtar Ahmad


Hanisha Godhania Solicitor London ABV

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Sunita Mehta London Solicitor

Sunita Mehta


Claire Anderson Solicitor

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