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Rahman Ravelli

Work 0121 231 7025
Fax 01422 430 526
Birmingham, Halifax, London

With offices in the City of London, Birmingham and Halifax, Rahman Ravelli is a national and international leader in serious and corporate fraud, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, regulatory, complex crime and civil recovery cases.

The firm: Since it was established in 2001, the practice has built an enviable reputation in the niche sectors it operates in. It has earned a strong national and international presence by defending the most significant and high-profile cases robustly and effectively; with first-class representation. Its caseload here and abroad grows annually.

Its 2016-17 work has included a major role in the UK's largest, most high-profile conservation-related tax fraud trial, extensive representation of clients in many of the biggest worldwide corruption investigations and involvement in the first prosecution under s7 of the Bribery Act. The introduction of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) has seen the firm in increasing demand from corporates and senior executives looking to negotiate a settlement with the authorities.

Rahman Ravelli's track record of success, ability to recruit top-ranking lawyers, expertise and attention to detail have led to it being recommended to others by past and present clients, other law firms and professionals. Its strong, innovative and notably robust, proactive approach has attracted clients from all over the world who need to resolve 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.

Types of work undertaken: The firm is known for tenacious defence of clients against allegations made by bodies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA and 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, major tax fraud, international corruption and money laundering. SFO prosecutions are a speciality, with acquittals achieved in the UK's largest-ever investment fraud trial and many large-scale, high-profile cases. HMRC defences, MTIC fraud and BIS, DTI and OFT investigations are handled by its experts.

Bribery/corruption: Rahman Ravelli works on bribery and corruption cases, here and overseas, that routinely involve billions of dollars, governments and companies of all sizes and from all industry sectors. It advises international companies regarding compliance and internal investigations. The firm's client list includes corporates and professionals from all sectors, senior officials, high-net-worth individuals and members of the public being investigated by one or more agencies. Its caseload includes lawyers, IFA's, accountants, surveyors and bankers, as well as those working in the health and education sectors, charities, the Royal household, forex, pensions, mining and environmental schemes, motor transport and real estate.

Property fraud: it handles many of the biggest property fraud cases, including one which almost 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 handles national and international cases; representing professionals and advising companies, including PLC's, on corporate risk. Its serious crime expertise includes experience of complex, large-scale conspiracy allegations. The firm 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 - techniques increasingly adopted by investigative bodies. The practice has experience in the fields of abuse of process and public interest immunity. Its case of R v H and C established 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 regarding prosecution obligations on disclosure - an area where the firm excels.

Civil recovery: expertise includes NCA, SFO, HMRC and CPS cases, here and abroad. Its powerful defence arguments saw it take the case of Gale to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights to protect the clients' assets. The case defined important civil recovery issues and was the first such case to reach these courts.

Commercial litigation including civil fraud: it regularly aggressively challenges worldwide freezing orders, defends multijurisdictional actions and pursues corporate wrongdoing.

  • Number of UK partners: 1
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 15

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