With offices in Halifax, London and Birmingham, Rahman Ravelli is a national and international leader in serious and corporate fraud, white-collar crime, and bribery and corruption, as well as regulatory and complex crime and civil recovery.
The firm: Since it was established in 2001, the practice has built an enviable reputation in the niche sectors in which it operates. It has established a strong national and international presence and defends in some of the most significant and high-profile cases. The firm has gained a growing reputation for making sure its clients are fully aware of all their legal rights and options and for pursuing these robustly and effectively with first-class representation. Rahman Ravelli’s track record of success has led to it being recommended to others by past and present clients, as well as by other law firms and professionals. It has a notably robust and proactive approach to conducting defence which has helped it to develop a strong international presence, representing clients all over the world in bribery and corruption allegations, corporate matters and regulatory issues.
The firm is available around the clock to discuss its core specialisms of serious fraud, serious and white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, and civil recovery, as well as defence against actions brought by regulatory bodies. It handles every case with great expertise and dedication to detail.
Types of work undertaken: The firm is known for the tenacity with which it defends clients against allegations made by bodies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, City of London Police and international organisations such as Interpol, FBI, OLAF and the SEC.
Fraud: Rahman Ravelli’s serious fraud expertise includes commercial fraud and business crime defence services, specialist fraud panel matters, carousel and tax fraud, international corruption and money laundering. SFO prosecutions are a speciality, including the high-profile acquittal of the chief executive of Imperial Consolidated Group, as well as the successful defence of a former Leeds United director and head of SRM Holdings. HMRC defences, MTIC fraud, BIS and DTI investigations and OFT investigations are routinely handled by the team of experts.
Bribery/corruption: Rahman Ravelli regularly works on many high-profile bribery and corruption cases, both here and overseas, that routinely involve billions of dollars, governments and companies of all sizes and from various industry sectors. It also advises international companies with regards to compliance. The firm’s client list includes professionals from all sectors, senior officials, high-net-worth individuals and members of the public being investigated by one or a number of agencies. Its recent caseload has included lawyers, IFAs, accountants, surveyors and bankers, as well as others working in the health and education sectors, charities, the Royal household, forex, pensions, mining and environmental schemes, motor transport and real estate.
Property fraud: the firm is also currently handling major property fraud cases, including one which is alleged to have nearly collapsed a major high-street bank. Rahman Ravelli regularly handles FCA matters and is instructed in major investment fraud cases involving hundreds of millions of pounds.
Regulatory: the firm’s regulatory department (both national and international) handles a whole range of cases, from representing professionals to advising companies – including plcs – on corporate risk. Serious crime expertise includes vast experience of complex large-scale conspiracy allegations. The practice has developed specialist knowledge in tackling covert policing evidence relating to the right to privacy, including directed and intrusive surveillance, covert human intelligence sources and entrapment issues. These techniques are increasingly adopted by investigative bodies such as HMRC. The practice has unparalleled experience in the fields of abuse of process and public interest immunity, with its leading case of R v H and C establishing the law in this area in the House of Lords in 2004. The case is the leading authority on disclosure and brought about a sweeping change in the prosecution’s obligations on disclosure – an area in which the firm excels.
Civil recovery: expertise includes NCA activities as well as SFO, HMRC and CPS cases, both national and international. Rahman Ravelli’s strong, relentless defence saw it take the case of Gale to both the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights in order to protect the clients’ assets. The case defined important areas in civil recovery and was the first of its kind to reach these courts.
Asset forfeiture: expertise includes all aspects of restraint orders and confiscation orders. Aggressive challenging of complex restraint orders is a speciality. The practice fully intends to maintain its strategy of recruiting top-ranking lawyers and expects to see that continued.
Number of UK partners 1
Number of other UK fee-earners 15
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