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%
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 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 the 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 is 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
■ 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
■ R v J– Historic allegation of rape of two foster daughters Client acquitted after two trials
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 against a company who faced 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
■ Operation Kadenza – the biggest cyber fraud to date in the UK, totaling £113 million where an OCG used ‘vishing’ and ‘phishing’ methods. Parallel investigations were conducted in the USE
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.