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ABV Solicitors

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Managing Partner: Robert Borwick
Senior Partners: Akhtar Ahmad, Aneeta Borwick, Deepak Vij
Number of partners: 4
Assistant solicitors: 36
Other fee-earners: 10

Main areas of practice
Serious Crime: 50%
Serious Fraud: 50%

Contacts
Serious Crime: Akhtar Ahmad
Serious Fraud: Deepak Vij

The Firm
ABV Solicitors is well-established as one of the country’s leading criminal law firms. With over 30 specialist solicitors, the firm has an outstanding reputation for dealing with the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory cases nationwide. ABV Solicitors is regularly instructed in both high-profile and complex cases, especially in and around the Thames Valley area and London. Of particular note, ABV Solicitors provides an unparalleled personal service to clients facing allegations of large-scale organised crime; complex fraud; bribery and corruption; white-collar crime; serious sexual offences; terrorism; murder; extradition and drugs with emphasis on cases involving cross-border jurisdiction.
The firm’s extensive knowledge in criminal and regulatory law as well as close links to some of the best Queens Counsel in the country, has enabled it to successfully defend clients and companies from various different backgrounds including senior professionals such as, surgeons, pharmacists, accountants, bankers, lawyers, journalists and government officials, alongside other clients such as Premier League Footballers.
Not only does the firm deal with an extensive array of serious crime and regulatory law but it is also proud of its team of highly experienced solicitors, who act for clients facing a wide range of financial crime allegations including; SFO Investigations; FCA Investigations; Investment fraud; insider trading; VAT/MTIC Fraud; high value mortgage fraud; international asset tracing and confiscation.

Principal Areas of Work
ABV Solicitors are routinely instructed on multi-handed organised crimes including; murder; manslaughter / corporate manslaughter; war crimes; serious sexual offences; terrorism; large scale drug operations and violent crimes up and down the country.
Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:
R v D – client acquitted of murder in a drug related shooting incident tried at the Old Bailey.
Operation Tendersea– representing the alleged ringleader of the so-called Huddersfield Sexual Grooming Ring, linked to the Tommy Robinson contempt of court proceeding.
R v F “Maids Moreton Murder”– high profile murder trial in Oxford in which vulnerable victims were allegedly defrauded and killed. The client was acquitted.
Iraq Fatality Investigation– enquiry headed up by Sir George Newman, following the death of an Iraqi civilian who was alleged to have drowned during the war.

Serious Fraud:
The firm continues to retain a strong reputation for handling some of the largest, complex and high value frauds nationwide.
Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:
SFO Investigation– bribery and corruption allegation of a value of circa $1 billion against a company who faced a parallel investigation conducted by the US Department of Justice where a Deferred Prosecution Agreement was reached and fines of over $250 million.
SFO Investigation– bribery and corruption allegation against British American Tobacco.
SFO Investigation– fraud investigation into the alleged financial irregularities of the company Patisserie Valerie, linked to a parallel investigation into Grant Thornton.
Operation Disney– corporation tax fraud of £150 million investigated by HMRC, specifically in respect of a Research and Development Tax Relief.
Operation Surging– money laundering investigation conducted by the NCA amounting to circa £25 million where the criminal proceeds were transferred through shell companies trading in alcoholic beverages.

International
ABV Solicitors is frequently instructed by clients who face extradition proceedings. These matters routinely involve cross-border jurisdictions in countries such as Dubai, Spain, USA, Africa, Switzerland, Pakistan and India.
Specialist teams at ABV Solicitors also represent clients daily at Police stations, Magistrates’ courts and Crown courts nationwide.