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Rahman Ravelli

Work 01422 346666
Fax 01422 430526
16001 HX1
Birmingham, Halifax, London

Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Rahman Ravelli

Rahman Ravelli stands out nationally for its fraud work, with substantial expertise in white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion. The group also has a niche specialism in deferred prosecution agreements alongside a key international element to its practice, regularly handling global fraud investigations. The 'hugely knowledgeable' Aziz Rahman leads the practice, legal director Nicola Sharp specialises in fraud, civil recovery and business crime work, senior associate Lorraine Gallen handles MTIC fraud matters, and legal director Syedur Rahman has notable cryptocurrency experience.

Practice head(s):Aziz Rahman

Other key lawyers:Nicola Sharp; Lorraine Gallen; Syedur Rahman


'Rahman Ravelli is undoubtedly the leading fraud firm in the area. It has a nationwide profile and has developed an excellent international white-collar crime pre-charge and litigation team. The extent and jurisdictional reach of the practice makes it close to unique in the North'.

'The team is uniquely close knit and inter-supportive and is able to pool complementary skills and experience to the ultimate benefits of its clients. It has expert and admirable client-handling skills, and focused and foresighted strategic awareness'.

'The firm is the leader in the field for high-value and complex civil fraud and criminal fraud proceedings in England'.

'The team is a tightknit group focused on the intersection between criminal law and civil work. Small enough to be nimble but with enough depth to handle the best cases'.

'Aziz Rahman is a standout practitioner with exceptional inter-personal skills who is able to see the heart of the case at a very early stage and prepare a strategy that gets exceptional results'.

'Aziz Rahman is hugely knowledgeable and a real fighter in protecting clients' interests'.

'Associate Nicola Sharp is a star in the making. She handles cases extremely well, has a determined approach to litigation and is never fazed no matter how complex the case'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a corporate with offices in over 40 countries in an SFO global bribery and corruption investigation in the energy sector.
  • Conducting a corporate wrongdoing investigation involving a FTSE 100 company and GCC country companies.
  • Representing a former executive in an SFO and DOJ investigation into multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption in the Guralp Systems case.
  • Representing a financial services company and senior executives in a multi-agency (SFO, NCA, HMRC, Pension regulator) multi-jurisdictional investigation into a £100m+ pension liberation fraud.
  • Acting for a US company in a worldwide corporate investigation involving the FBI, Interpol and other international enforcement agencies into large-scale cryptocurrency fraud.
Leading individuals

Aziz Rahman - Rahman Ravelli

Rising stars

Nicola Sharp - Rahman Ravelli

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    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
    - Rahman Ravelli Solicitors

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