Managing Partner Robert Borwick
Senior Partners Deepak Vij, Akhtar Ahmad, Aneeta Borwick
Number of partners 4
Assistant solicitors 36
Other fee-earners 10
Main areas of practice
Serious Crime 50%
Serious Fraud 50%
Serious Crime Akhtar Ahmad
Serious Fraud Deepak Vij
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 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; 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 law as well as close links to some of the best Queens Counsel in the country, has enabled it to successfully defend clients from various different backgrounds including Premier League footballers, surgeons, police officers, pharmacists and government officials. Not only does ABV Solicitors deal with the extensive array of serious crime but the firm is also proud of its dedicated team of highly experienced solicitors, who act for client’s facing a wide range of financial crime allegations including; VAT fraud, MTIC/carousel fraud; insider trading; high value mortgage fraud; investment fraud; land banking fraud and benefit fraud.
Principal Areas of Work
ABV Solicitors is routinely instructed on multi-handed organised crimes including; murder; manslaughter; 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 N– Successful defence of City Financier accused of the brutal murder of his wife. Highly publicised case involving the use of eminent experts.
■ R v I and Others– Successfully represented client accused of historical allegations that he was part of a large sex grooming ring. Found Not Guilty after a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey.
■ Operation Diviner – Large scale immigration fraud, involving a Police investigation which lasted nearly 2 years, resulting in a substantial amount of evidence being served on the defence.
Serious Fraud: The firm continues to retain a strong reputation for handling some of the largest, complex and high value frauds nationwide. These are often prosecuted by the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA and involve cross-jurisdiction as well as multiple defendants. Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:
■ Operation Kadenza – the largest cyber fraud to date in the UK, totalling £113 million. This matter was investigated worldwide and included evidence obtained by the FBI, NCA and SFO.
■ Operation Stagecoach – a unique rare earth metals investment fraud with a value exceeding £7 million. Various police forces across the UK are investigating this fraud together with the NCA and FCA.
■ Operation Aquamarine – a high-value mortgage fraud with a value of £40 million. This investigation consisted of 18 defendants, including a number of leading professionals such as solicitors, chartered surveyors and mortgage brokers from reputable companies.
ABV Solicitors are frequently instructed by clients who face extradition proceedings. These matters routinely involve cross-border jurisdiction in countries such as Dubai, Spain, USA, Africa, Switzerland, Pakistan and India.