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Rahman Ravelli

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

Aziz Rahman

Work +44 (0)1422 346666
Rahman Ravelli

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International regulation and corporate crime.


As founder and senior partner at Rahman Ravelli, Aziz Rahman orchestrates the firm’s ever-increasing national and international caseload. His widely acknowledged specialist knowledge and impressive track record see him involved in many of the major corruption investigations while accumulating a client list that includes some of the most notable corporations, professionals and high net worth individuals. His proactive and robust defence work combined with his knack of putting together and directing intelligent, astute defence teams has brought considerable success in cases involving serious and corporate fraud, complex crime, bribery and corruption and compliance and regulatory matters.

He has come to be viewed as one of the best in his field, thanks to his ability to analyse complex issues quickly and identify the best tactical approach in even the most complicated international and multi-jurisdictional cases. He has a growing list of clients who want him to carry out internal corporate investigations, in order to identify wrongdoing and self-report it. His popularity in this area has risen especially quickly since the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements; of which he already has more experience than most. His strategic, determined approach makes him the logical choice for clients from all businesses and professions who want an outcome that avoids a criminal prosecution.

He routinely deals with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Crime Agency (NCA), City of London Police, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), international bodies such as the FBI, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), OLAF and Interpol and police and anti-corruption agencies worldwide.

His firm was the first to lodge an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the civil burden of proof in civil recovery cases.


Admitted in 1999, he established Rahman Ravelli in 2001.




Specialist Fraud Panel, Fraud Advisory Panel, Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA), Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA), International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA), and BLD.


College of Law, York (1996 LLB (Hons)).


Keen diver, passionate reader and enjoys boxing, music, travel.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is 'regularly instructed in high-value, cross-border, high-profile city work and acts against all major enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, City of London Police and HMRC’. It has ‘a distinguished, knowledgeable and highly proactive team’ which is ‘a class act and very focused at achieving the right outcome’. The firm has recently acted in a global bribery investigation and an SFO, FCA, pension regulator and pension fraud investigation. Key practitioner Azizur Rahman is ‘an experienced and highly skilled operator with a superbly creative legal mind’, he has ‘great strategic judgement in his approach to cases and is much in demand’. Neil Williams is ‘dedicated, intelligent and skilful in the pursuit of clients' interests’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

Azizur Rahman - Rahman Ravelli Solicitors

Within: Crime: fraud

Rahman Ravelli Solicitors is considered 'the leading serious crime firm in the area, particularly in the area of financial crime and fraud' and continues to be instructed on some of the most complex and high value allegations of fraud, white collar crime, money laundering and tax evasion. The team advises both corporates, professionals and high-net worth individuals across a number of industries including the oil and gas sector, foreign exchange market, life sciences, conservation and steel. Practice head and 'real genius in the field', Azizur Rahman established the practice in 2001 and according to one client has 'for many years been the premier solicitor for fraud work in Yorkshire and the Humber'. Rahman, who splits his time between Halifax and London, is regarded as the 'orchestrator of strategy and the clear and focused driving force' behind the firm. The practice has been instructed in a number of high-value SFO global bribery and corruption cases. In these matters, the practice has developed an expertise in advising on deferred prosecution agreements. Senior associate Syed Rahman  (who 'goes the extra mile to get the best results for his clients') in leading on a multi-jurisdictional matter concerning this specialised area. The team has also represented clients in multi-agency investigations, including simultaneous investigations from the SFO, HMRC, NCA and the Pension Regulator. Another key name to note is senior associate Nicola Sharp who is a 'litigator of high calibre, with the ability to marshal hugely complicated facts efficiently and sensibly'. 

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