Firm Profile > Rahman Ravelli > Halifax, England

Rahman Ravelli

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Rahman Ravelli boasts an 'international reputation' in the field of fraud and financial crime, representing a variety of clients on money laundering, bribery, and embezzlement proceedings. The firm has notable capabilities in cross-border and multijurisdictional cases, co-operating effectively with global counsel. Practice head Aziz Rahman 'leads by example' on highly complex cases relating to deferred prosecution agreements and large-scale regulatory and criminal investigations. Directors Nicola Sharp and Syedur Rahman are noted for their work on multi-agency investigations, recovery proceedings and global bribery and corruption investigations.

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The team is strong, creative, resourceful and willing to go the extra mile.’

Rahman Ravelli now has a truly international reputation. In recent years the firm has grown into a juggernaut that deals with traditional fraud as well corporate governance and regulatory compliance both in the UK and overseas. One of the key strengths of the firm is its ability to generate trust and confidence in a very diverse client base. Compared to other firms in this area, I would say that the expansion of Rahmans had outpaced them all and the firm deserves a seat at the top table of crime/fraud solicitors.

‘Azizur Rahman has genuine star quality and a wonderful ability to engage with clients. He is undoubtedly the engine room of the firm and his energy has driven its expansion in recent years. Other notable practitioners at the firm include Syedur Rahman. He has an incredible depth of experience when it comes to fraud matters, and in particular those with an international element or where the National Crime Agency are involved. One of his specialisms is world-wide asset recovery. I would also recommend Paula Berry at the firm. She is incredibly incisive in my experience and always manages to drill down to the heart of the issue in every case. She never messes around and gives honest, frank advice to clients when it is needed.’

The growth in their international corporate services reach has been most noticeable over the past year. Targeted recruitment and being not afraid to invest in infrastructure has resulted in a firm that is well placed to take on its often “magic circle” rivals in the search for international corporate compliance work. Clearly, one of the leading corporate compliance firms in the North.

Rahman Ravelli really stands out as the most competent and professional in their field by a country mile. The firm is quietly competent and gets things done without fuss. That professionalism instils confidence in me and produces results. Other firms are of course professional, but the difference is that Rahman Ravelli has the quality staff and resources to enable the lawyers there to be brilliant at what they do.

Rahman Ravelli has a strong team of white collar lawyers and those dealing with sensitive private cases. I would certainly place the firm in the same category as any city lawyers.

Aziz Rahman is an exceptional solicitor who provides a gold standard service to his clients.

Aziz Rahman leads by example. He is across every case. Endlessly looking for ways to improve the client’s prospects. Very impressive.

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Rahman Ravelli advises professionals and high-net-worth individuals in various sectors and countries on a broad spectrum of financial crime matters. Areas of experience include multi-million pound frauds, white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion. It also handles regulatory cases, Bribery Act matters and SFO investigations. Under the leadership of Aziz Rahman, the team handles cases involving international law enforcement agencies and regulators.

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‘The team are personable, approachable and sympathetic’.

‘They apply unequalled attention to detail and preparation, allowing them to provide accurate and focused advice on cases of the utmost complexity’.

‘Rahman Ravelli is a leading firm that provides a high-value service to its clients’.

‘The firm consistently impresses with its attention to detail and the personal, genuine dedication of its professionals’.

‘Each member of the team passionately cares about the quality of the service given to their clients and aims to achieve only the most impressive results’.

‘Rahman Ravelli have an excellent track record in responding effectively to the challenges of the market’.

‘Aziz Rahman is one of the hardest working lawyers I know and has been the driving force and vision behind the firm’s successes’.

With offices in the City of London, across the UK and in European locations, Rahman Ravelli is a national and international leader in serious and corporate fraud, white-collar crime, bribery and corruption, regulatory matters, complex crime, civil recovery and commercial litigation.

Rahman Ravelli has grown rapidly and provides strategic advice to corporations and individuals. All matters are handled directly by a partner of the firm. As a conflict-free, boutique practice offering top-tier legal services, Rahman Ravelli is regularly engaged by other law firms to provide independent advice to senior executives and to handle discrete legal matters in jurisdictions around the world.

The firm: Since it was established in 2001, the practice has built an enviable reputation in the sectors it operates in. It has earned a strong national and international presence by defending the most significant, high-profile, multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency cases robustly and effectively and by managing high-stakes commercial litigation to obtain the best possible outcome. Its caseload here and abroad grows annually.

Its recent work includes some of the largest and most high-profile global corruption investigations, involvement in some of the UK’s first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) negotiations and cross-border investment fraud cases. It has become increasingly popular with corporates and senior executives looking to investigate and self-report wrongdoing in order to achieve a civil, rather than a criminal, solution to a problem. The firm is also utilised by corporates and high net worth individuals for its investigative and legal expertise in international and multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and recovery work.

Its heightened US and European Union presence has seen an increase in both its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act workload and its cross-border investigation work. The firm is also at the forefront of cases linked to the investigations into the share selling practice known as Cum-Ex and is increasingly called upon to advise global companies and financial institutions regarding sanctions compliance.

The firm’s representation of clients has also led to a string of notable firsts in cryptocurrency cases in 2020 and 2021.

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 robust, proactive approach coupled with its network of worldwide experts has attracted clients from all over the world who need to resolve bribery and corruption allegations, corporate matters, tax investigations and regulatory issues. The firm is available around the clock and anywhere in the world 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 its tenacious defence of clients’ interests in the face of attacks by governments and agencies. It regularly challenges 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 sees it representing the likes of 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: Rahman Ravelli 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: Rahman Ravelli’s 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. It also handles cases that involve unexplained wealth orders, which give authorities the chance to take assets from those they suspect of wrongdoing.

Commercial litigation including civil fraud: The firm regularly and aggressively challenges worldwide freezing orders, defends multijurisdictional actions and pursues corporate wrongdoing. Rahman Ravelli is adept at bringing civil fraud proceedings and conducting asset tracing and recovery actions for clients globally.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior and managing partner Aziz Rahman
Corporate and financial crime Aziz Rahman
Corporate and financial crime Nicola Sharp
Corporate and financial crime Syed Rahman
Complex crime Paula Berry
Complex crime Shaff Rahman
Asset recovery and restraint Syed Rahman
Regulatory and commercial litigation Syed Rahman
Regulatory and commercial litigation Nicola Sharp
Internal investigations and risk management Syed Rahman
Internal investigations and risk management Nicola Sharp
Internal investigations and risk management Aziz Rahman
Serious and general crime Zahir Ayoub
Photo Name Position Profile
 Niall  Hearty   photo Niall  Hearty  Niall Hearty is a legal director at Rahman Ravelli. His in-depth corporate…
 Syed Rahman photo Syed Rahman Syed Rahman is a partner at Rahman Ravelli and is recognised as…
Mr Aziz Rahman  photo Mr Aziz Rahman As founder and senior partner at Rahman Ravelli, Aziz Rahman orchestrates the…
 Nicola Sharp photo Nicola Sharp Nicola is a partner at Rahman Ravelli. She is known for her…
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of legal directors : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15

Trading Abroad And Money Laundering Risks

Aziz Rahman explains what those trading internationally need to do to ensure they are not targeted by money launderers.

The Future For Corporate Liability

With the government looking at how to change the law when it comes to prosecuting companies, Aziz Rahman considers the possibilities.

Payment Regulations And Compliance

Ben Ticehurst explains why new regulations regarding company payment practices are a sharp reminder of the need to be legally compliant.

Money Laundering Obligations And Property Professionals

With the housing market facing further scrutiny regarding money laundering, Aziz Rahman outlines what those working in the property sector must do to stay within the law.

The Rolls-royce Dpa – Lessons That Can Be Learnt

Aziz Rahman outlines the lessons that corporates and senior executives under investigation can learn from the huge Rolls-Royce bribery settlement.

Tackling Business Crime In Your Workplace

Failure to prevent fraud and other business crime can prove costly to companies. Ben Ticehurst and Aziz Rahman consider what can be done to identify wrongdoing and the options available when it is found.

Carbon Credit Fraud – Avoiding The Pitfalls

Neil Williams and Aziz Rahman explain the need to make sure your involvement in a carbon credits scheme stays on the right side of the law.

Defending Sfo Accusations

Aziz Rahman explains how the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) builds a case – and how it can be challenged.

Challenging Prosecution Allegations At The Investigation Stage

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has decided not to prosecute Soma Oil and Gas regarding corruption in Somalia, due to insufficient evidence. Aziz Rahman looks at what insufficient evidence means and how to challenge prosecution allegations.

Identifying And Investigating Investment Fraud

Autonomy’s chief financial officer has been charged with fraud over allegations he misled investors. But what is investment fraud? And what are your options if you are defrauded? Aziz Rahman and Neil Williams explain.

The Jp Morgan Scandal And The Definition Of Bribery

JP Morgan is paying $264M to settle allegations of bribery over its hiring of children of key Chinese decision makers to try and secure business. Aziz Rahman explains what constitutes bribery and how to prevent it.

Bringing A Private Prosecution

Aziz Rahman and Ben Ticehurst explain what you can do if you have fraud committed against you or your company.

Damage Limitation

Putting right the wrongs and minimising the damage when your company is accused of business crime.

Lengthy Sfo Investigations

Aziz Rahman considers whether SFO investigations could be concluded quicker.

Insolvency And Criminal Investigations

Rahman Ravelli’s Nicola Sharp and Syedur Rahman explain the importance of early legal advice when facing questions regarding a company’s collapse.

Preventing Fraud And Money Laundering

The government wants corporate executives charged when their staff carry out offences such as fraud and money laundering. How can you make sure you’re not one of those prosecuted?

Pensions and the risk of fraud

What those working in pensions must do to avoid being a victim of fraud – or being accused of it.

Why Those In Finance Must Tackle Money Laundering

With the authorities looking for more ways of tackling money laundering, Aziz Rahman explains why those working in finance must stop it for themselves.

Bitter Pill

Aziz Rahman explains why the latest pharmaceutical bribery scandal emphasises the need for companies to have a strong compliance policy.

No Avoiding It

Accountants and advisors could face tougher fines for helping clients avoid paying tax. So how can they make sure they do not fall foul of the law?

Fair Trade?

Aziz Rahman explains the difference between wrongful and fraudulent trading and outlines what those in business need to know to avoid being accused of either.


Aziz Rahman examines some of the issues involved before, during and after a company collapses.