ABV Solicitors > Hayes, England > Firm Profile

ABV Solicitors
The Shipping Building, Old Vinyl Factory
252-254 Blyth Road

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

The team at ABV Solicitors ‘has established itself as a top legal services provider in white-collar crime, serious fraud and general crime‘ and continues to grow in strength and depth. Practitioners in the team are well-respected and consistently involved with advising individuals, senior company executives and corporations implicated in serious fraud investigations and regulatory matters. Clients hail from a range of sectors, including the financial services, energy, charity and retail industries. The team is jointly led by Deepak Vij, who is an expert in defending serious and high-profile commercial and financial fraud cases, and ‘highly experienced criminal defence lawyerAkhtar Ahmad. The ‘intelligent and astuteAmirah Ajaz is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad

Other key lawyers:

Robert Borwick; Amirah Ajaz


‘ABV have established themselves as a top legal services provider in white-collar crime, serious fraud and general crime.’

‘ABV are routinely involved in the most high-profile cases, often with an international dimension. They provide an all-round first-class representation for clients and in particular professionals charged with serious fraud offences. Their client care is exceptional. They are respected by others in their field and offer hugely committed individuals at all levels.’

‘Deepak Vij continues to provide outstanding representation for high-profile corporate and individual clients, at an international level.

‘ABV Solicitors is an outstanding firm. Their attention to the detail of their clients’ cases and their client care are exemplary. Their solicitors are divided into teams so that they can offer specialist services to general crime and fraud clients.’

‘Deepak Vij is insightful, dedicated and highly effective at achieving results for clients in large and high-profile cases.’

‘Akhtar Ahmed is a highly experienced criminal defence lawyer. He breathes enthusiasm into every case he deals with and ensures every conceivable point supporting his client’s case is fully investigated and persuasively communicated to the court.’

‘Amirah Ajaz is highly intelligent and astute. She always delivers for her clients due to her formidable ability and outstanding work ethic.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

ABV Solicitors fields a ‘highly impressive and capable‘ team, active on a range of high profile offences, including terrorism, murder, sexual offences, and major drugs conspiracies. The department is co-led by Akhtar Ahmad, who has more than 25 years’ experience advising individuals and corporates on serious crimes, including those with international aspects, and solicitor advocate Robert Borwick, who has expertise across murder, sexual crimes, and regulatory offences. Hanisha Godhania and Sunita Mehta were both promoted to partner in early 2021. Godhania leads the team’s Crown Court department, and is active on high profile EncroChat drug and firearms cases, while Mehta handles major cases including gang crime, serious sexual offences, evasion of duty and significant drug importations.

Practice head(s):

Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick

Other key lawyers:


‘A highly impressive and capable leading firm across the broad spectrum of general defence criminal practice. Their case preparation and client care skills are second to none.’

‘ABV Solicitors are a top firm who very well known in the industry for having highly capable and indefatigable lawyers; committed to their clients’ cases.’

‘Hanisha Godhania is as sharp as they come. She is always on top of her cases and a few steps ahead of her opposition.’

‘ABV is a genuinely efficient and effective firm who have the capacity and personnel to deal with the most complex and challenging cases.’

‘Rob Borwick is a measured, careful and persuasive partner who provides a discrete and dedicated service to select clients.’

‘Akhtar Ahmad – Highly experienced, superb client care and very hard-working.’

‘Sunita Mehta – talented, hard working and impressive multi-tasking.’

‘The team at ABV Solicitors know exactly what they are doing in all aspects of the criminal law.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

ABV Solicitors has a strong record defending high net-worth individuals and senior executives facing SFO investigations and prosecution, including standout involvement on behalf of individuals in the high-profile Amec Foster Wheeler and Patisserie Valerie proceedings reflecting the firm’s reputation for serious fraud defence in the energy, oil, and retail sectors. The team is led by Akhtar Ahmad, an experienced figure in criminal  defence before the SFO, NCA, and other key enforcement bodies, alongside Deepak Vij , a specialist in financial crime work in the UK and globally.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad

Other key lawyers:

Amirah Ajaz; Rohit Sharma


‘ABV have established themselves as a top legal services provider in the white collar crime and serious fraud. They are respected by others in their field and offer substantial experience in this sector. ABV is routinely involved in the most high-profile cases, often with an international dimension. They provide an all round first class representation for clients and in particular professionals charged with serious fraud offences. Their client care is exceptional whether focused on individual officers of companies or corporate clients.’

‘Deepak Vij continues to provide outstanding representation for high profile corporate and individual clients, at an international level. Deepak delivers the highest standard of legal advice and client care at all time. Running the serious fraud and white collar crime team at ABV Deepak has excellent capability coupled with first rate legal knowledge. Unlike larger firms, Deepak provides a human side and level of engagement with the client that ensures maximum satisfaction and the efficient delivery of representation services. He is knowledgeable and a now a veteran of heavyweight white collar and financial crime.’

‘Amirah Ajaz provides first class client care and legal representation. Her determined no nonsense approach produces results and she never fails to deliver. Amirah is highly capable and extremely bright. She is tactically very astute and has bags of experience defending serious fraud work. Rohit Sharma continues to impress at every opportunity. He is smart, and provides exceptional client representation in serious fraud.’

‘Superb firm with real expertise and dedication to the white collar cause.’

‘Amirah Ajaz – hardest working lawyer I have ever come across. An excellent addition to the ranks of partner. Deepak Vij – superb tactician and client handler’

‘Their client base is extensive and they always provide a first rate service as their client care and dedication makes them stand out in the industry.’

‘Akhtar Ahmed is hugely experienced, very tactical and extremely industrious to his client’s cause. He leaves no stone unturned’

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler (SFO)

Operation Maple Lodge

Operation Surging

Operation Brightly

Patisserie Valerie (SFO)

London Capital Group (SFO)

Operation Alloa

Operation Candlewood / Volt / Venetic

Operation Joseki / Cullinan

Operation Barrell

The firm: ABV Solicitors is well-established as one of the country’s leading criminal law firms. With over 30 specialist solicitors, the firm has an outstanding reputation for dealing with the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory cases nationwide. ABV Solicitors are regularly instructed in both high-profile and complex cases, especially in and around the Thames Valley area and London. Of particular note, ABV Solicitors provide an unparalleled personal service to clients facing allegations of large-scale organised crime; complex fraud; bribery and corruption; white-collar crime; serious sexual offences; terrorism; murder; extradition and drugs with emphasis on cases involving cross-border jurisdiction.

The firm’s extensive knowledge in criminal and regulatory law as well as close links to some of the best Queens Counsel in the country, has enabled it to successfully defend clients and companies from various different backgrounds including senior professionals such as, surgeons, pharmacists, accountants, bankers, lawyers, journalists and government officials, alongside other clients such as Premier League Footballers.

Not only does the firm deal with an extensive array of serious crime and regulatory law but it is also proud of its team of highly experienced solicitors, who act for clients facing a wide range of financial crime allegations including; SFO Investigations; FCA Investigations; Investment fraud;  insider trading; VAT/MTIC Fraud;  high value mortgage fraud; international asset tracing and confiscation.

Areas of work: ABV Solicitors are routinely instructed on multi-handed organised crimes including; murder; manslaughter / corporate manslaughter; war crimes; serious sexual offences; terrorism; large scale drug operations and violent crimes up and down the country. Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:

  • R v D – client acquitted of murder in a drug related shooting incident tried at the Old Bailey.
  • Operation Tendersea – representing the alleged ringleader of the so-called Huddersfield Sexual Grooming Ring, linked to the Tommy Robinson contempt of court proceeding.
  • R v F “Maids Moreton Murder” – high profile murder trial in Oxford in which vulnerable victims were allegedly defrauded and killed. Our client was acquitted.
  • Iraq Fatality Investigation – enquiry headed up by Sir George Newman, following the death of an Iraqi civilian who was alleged to have drowned during the war.

Serious fraud: The firm continues to retain a strong reputation for handling some of the largest, complex and high value frauds nationwide. Cases of interest over the last 12 months include:

  • SFO Investigation – bribery and corruption allegation of a value of circa $1 billion against a company who faced a parallel investigation conducted by the US Department of Justice where a Deferred Prosecution Agreement was reached and fines of over $250 million.
  • SFO Investigation – bribery and corruption allegation against British American Tobacco.
  • SFO Investigation – fraud investigation into the alleged financial irregularities of the company Patisserie Valerie, linked to a parallel investigation into Grant Thornton.
  • Operation Disney – corporation tax fraud of £150 million investigated by HMRC, specifically in respect of a Research and Development Tax Relief.
  • Operation Surging – money laundering investigation conducted by the NCA amounting to circa £25 million where the criminal proceeds were transferred through shell companies trading in alcoholic beverages.

ABV Solicitors are frequently instructed by clients who face extradition proceedings. These matters routinely involve cross-border jurisdictions in countries such as Dubai, Spain, USA, Africa, Switzerland, Pakistan and India.

Specialist teams at ABV Solicitors also represent clients daily at Police stations, Magistrates’ courts and Crown courts nationwide.

Offices: West London, Central London, Walthamstow, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Senior partners Akhtar Ahmadakhtar.ahmad@abvsolicitors.co.uk0344 587 9996
Senior partners Aneeta Borwickaneeta.borwick@abvsolicitors.co.uk0344 587 9996
Managing partner Robert Borwickrobert.borwick@abvsolicitors.co.uk0344 587 9996
Senior partners Deepak Vijdeepak.vij@abvsolicitors.co.uk0344 587 9996
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 37
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