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Firm profile for UK 2022

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Managing Partner: Robert Borwick
Senior Partners: Akhtar Ahmad, Aneeta Borwick, Deepak Vij
Number of partners: 10
Assistant solicitors: 30
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 business and corporate crime, serious crime and regulatory cases nationwide. ABV Solicitors are regularly instructed in both high-profile and complex cases in London and nationwide. Of particular note, ABV Solicitors provides an unparalleled personal service to clients facing allegations of large-scale organised crime; complex fraud including SFO, FCA, NCA investigations; bribery and corruption; white-collar crime; serious sexual offences; terrorism; murder; extradition and large-scale drugs conspiracies. Many of these cases require close liaison with foreign enforcement agencies, applying principals of international law, having regard to international treaties and cross-border jurisdictional issues.

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.

Principal Areas of Work
ABV Solicitors are routinely instructed in multi-handed organised crime cases and cases of interest over the last 12 months include: Serious Crime:
The firm represents clients across a broad demographic, both from those instructing privately and under public funding including: murder; manslaughter/corporate manslaughter; war crimes; serious sexual offences; terrorism; large scale drug operations and violent crimes up and down the country to include:
Essex Lorry Deaths of 30 Vietnamese nationals: tried at the Old Bailey sparking worldwide media attention
Operation Suffuse: a sophisticated terrorism investigation in respect of Pro-Islamic State ideology alleged where covert operations were used to gather evidence
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 ■ Operation Salesperson/Operation Suko: large scale EncroChat drugs conspiracy where the client was the first Defendant to have his case dismissed due to submissions the firm made

Serious Fraud:
The firm continues to retain a strong reputation for handling some of the largest, complex and high value frauds nationwide including: SFO Investigations; FCA Investigations; Investment fraud; insider trading; VAT/MTIC Fraud; high value mortgage fraud; international asset tracing and confiscation.
Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:
■ SFO Investigation – bribery and corruption allegation against Amec Foster Wheeler
■ SFO Investigation – serious fraud allegation of circa £200 million against London Capital Finance
SFO Investigation – bribery and corruption allegation of value 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.

International
ABV Solicitors are frequently instructed by clients who face extradition proceedings. These matters routinely involve cross-border jurisdictions in countries such as Europe including Germany, Netherlands, Spain, France, Monaco, Belgium, Switzerland, Dubai, Brazil, USA, Africa, Far East, Pakistan and India.
Specialist teams at ABV Solicitors also represent clients daily at Police stations, Magistrates’ courts and Crown courts nationwide.

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Crime
Band 3
The Regions

Financial Crime
Band 1
Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds

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London (Firms)

Crime


Akhtar Ahmad
Band 2

Financial Crime: Individuals


Akhtar Ahmad
Band 3
The Regions

Financial Crime


Amirah Ajaz
Up and Coming
Fergus Harrington
Associates to watch

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Band 1
Deepak VijFinancial Crime
Band 2
Band 3
Akhtar AhmadFinancial Crime: Individuals
Up and Coming
Amirah AjazFinancial Crime
Associates to watch
Fergus HarringtonFinancial Crime

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Head Office

29 Clayton Road

Hayes

Middlesex

UK

UB3 1AN

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