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ABV Solicitors

Work 0844 587 9996
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44650 HAYES
Hayes, London

Akhtar Ahmad

Work 0344 587 9996
ABV Solicitors

Work Department

Serious Crime and Serious Fraud




Highly regarded as one of the top ranked criminal solicitors in the UK, Akhtar regularly represents clients facing the most serious and complex allegations. He has specialised in Criminal Defence work since 1994 and is a Higher Court Solicitor Advocate. He has considerable experience dealing with the full spectrum of criminal matters ranging from general criminal allegations and minor road traffic offences to the most serious, high profile, complex cases of International Fraud, Extradition, Sexual Offences, Murder and Terrorism.

Commended for his “determined, meticulous approach to case preparation” and “excellent grasp of forensic issues and trial tactics” Akhtar’s practice covers all parts of the country and all levels of the criminal justice system including pre-arrest and pre-charge advice, through to representation at the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, Jury Trials and Appeals against Conviction and Sentence.

Whilst advocacy is an important aspect of Akhtar’s practice, case preparation and case management in complex cases is also a significant area of expertise. In particular Akhtar has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex Restraint Orders and Confiscation Orders.

He is particularly admired for his ability to deconstruct complex allegations and provide strategically astute advice. Akhtar recognises the anxiety and stress that can be caused to clients who face allegations which have the potential to greatly affect their personal and business lives and is noted for his ability to help clients navigate through extremely difficult circumstances successfully.

Akhtar’s clients come from all walks of life. He has advised and defended Company Directors, Accountants, Senior Medical Professionals including Surgeons and Pharmacists, Broadcasters and Journalists, Police Officers and a Peer of the Realm.

Whilst Criminal Defence work makes up the majority of his practice, Akhtar has also prosecuted on behalf of Government Agencies such as the Department of Business Innovation and Enterprise (DBIS) as well as Local Authorities and regulatory authorities such as OFCOM.

Elected as President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) in 2012, Akhtar successfully represented the interests of all Solicitors and associated members who practice Criminal Law in London against the Government during one of the most critical periods in the history of criminal defence work. Through the LCCSA, Akhtar directly contributes to government consultations on changes to the Criminal Justice System and meets with Government Ministers, senior members of the Judiciary and others who influence Policy.

As a member of a number of Human Rights organisations, Akhtar is committed to using the legal system to fight injustice committed against individuals or groups whether at home or abroad.


Professional Memberships

  • Past President of the LCCSA (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association)
  • Past Assessor on the Examining Board of Swansea University Duty Solicitor Assessment and Higher Court Solicitor Advocate Assessments.
  • Amnesty International
  • Liberty
  • Justice

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

ABV Solicitors provides ‘excellent client care, experience, sound judgement and reliability’, acting in cases of sexual assault, immigration, terrorism and large-scale drug importation. Head of team Akhtar Ahmad is ‘ knowledgeable, professional and well-organised’, he is supported by Robert Borwick who is ‘pragmatic’ and ‘tenacious in his approach to criminal defence’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

ABV Solicitors is ‘a serious player in white-collar crime with a nationwide presence’. It advises high-net worth individuals within companies including directors and partners on a broad range of white-collar fraud matters including bribery, corruption, VAT fraud, insider trading, boiler room fraud, mortgage fraud, and land-banking and benefit frauds. Deepak Vij heads the team, he has ‘excellent judgment and a strategic approach’. Akhtar Ahmad is ‘a veteran criminal defence lawyer who prepares cases well and is highly knowledgeable’. The team is ‘extremely hardworking and dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for their client’.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Crime: fraud

ABV Solicitors has ‘a strong team that is capable of dealing with any case, however complex’ and which ‘really fights for its clients’. Deepak Vij, who heads the fraud and complex crime department, is ‘highly skilled, knowledgeable, and determined’  and ‘has an unerring ability to identify the key tactical and evidential issues in complicated cases’ and ‘an outstanding reputation for fighting high-profile cases with a strategic approach’. The team undertakes the gamut of financial crime cases including insider trading, with work extending to large-scale immigration frauds. Akhtar Ahmad is noted for having ‘a cool head in the toughest of cases’ and Rohit Sharma, Taimoor Tarafdar and Amirah Ajaz are also key practitioners.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

ABV Solicitors is 'an excellent all round firm that is able to deal with any type of criminal case and is fast developing a very strong private defence practice'. It handles cases including sexual offences, 'revenge porn', drugs-related charges, conspiracy to kidnap and large-scale immigration offences. Its work extends to extradition proceedings arising from European Arrest Warrants. Akhtar Ahmad heads the department and Hanisha Godhania and  Sunita Mehta  are other key practitioners.

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