Firm Profile > ABV Solicitors > Hayes, England

ABV Solicitors

Crime: fraud Tier 2

ABV Solicitors frequently act for high net worth individuals in fraud cases, as well as high profile cases in several different areas of financial crime. Akhtar Ahmad and Deepak Vij head the team, and each have a strong serious fraud practice. The firm is particularly notable for its work in cases involving allegations of VAT fraud, while Amirah Ajaz is an expert on confiscation, restraint, and seizure issues.

Practice head(s):

Deepak Vij; Akhtar Ahmad

Other key lawyers:


ABV have real strength in depth. They provide excellent representation across the full range of criminal offences. They apply the same rigorous approach to Magistrates Court work as they do to their SFO serious fraud work. At the top end they have the sort of high level quality work that most firms would dream of.’

‘In my experience their case preparation and client care is always first class.’

‘An excellent firm. Manages to get the balance right between approachability and expertise so the client doesn’t feel secondary to the case. Very strong in fraud and serious crime with an international element. In this market segment the firm is very strong.’

‘ABV are a fantastically well organised and hard working team of solicitors. They approach fraud cases with enormous care and skill. Their solicitors are meticulous in analysing every detail of the evidence and seeking out evidence to support their clients’ cases. Every solicitor I have been instructed by at the firm is dedicated to client care and engages well with both counsel and the lay client. This firm stands out amongst other fraud practices. They offer an excellent service to both legally aided and private clients. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.’

‘Deepak Vij as one of the managing partners sets the tone for the firm. Adopts a driven and highly detailed approach to all his cases. Has really acute tactical awareness and clients love his pragmatic, sensible advice.’

‘Amirah Ajaz is tireless and no-one works harder on getting the right outcome for the client. Always knows the case inside out and leaves no stone unturned. A really brilliant performer who is heading for the top.’

‘Deepak Vij has a reputation as being easy to get on with, but also razor sharp in his consideration of the issues.’

‘Amirah Ajaz is a rising star.’

‘Deepak Vij is an outstanding fraud practitioner. He has many years of experience in advising clients facing allegations of very substantial fraud and money laundering. He is intelligent and very personable. His caseload would impress any criminal solicitor practising in this area.’

‘Amirah Ajaz is an exceptional lawyer.  Her attention to detail is unparalleled. She provides very effective representation for her clients.’

‘Akhtar Ahmad is supremely intelligent and gives every important decision which needs to be made in a case great consideration. He is strategically brilliant. His enthusiasm for cases is infectious.’

Crime: general Tier 2

ABV Solicitors handles a broad range of cases for both legal aid-funded and private clients, including sexual offences, drug-related cases and serious violent crime. It is most notable for its work on cases featuring a cross-border element, defending clients in high-profile cases involving people or drug-smuggling. Akhtar Ahmad leads the practice, along with Robert Borwick. Borwick is notable for his significant experience in sexual offences cases, while Ahmad has a track record in international cases including extradition and terrorism cases, as well as violent crime and sexual offences.

Practice head(s):

Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick

Other key lawyers:

Hanisha Godhania; Sunita Mehta


ABV provide a stellar service – many of their staff are extremely able and talented.’

‘Sunita Mehta and Hanisha Godhania are the unsung stars of ABV.’

‘Sunita Mehta and Hanisha Godhania are hardworking solicitors – they handle the most difficult of clients and cases. It is a pleasure to work with them both.’

Crime: general Tier 3

The team at ABV Solicitors garners praise for its 'excellent client care and expertise across a broad and diverse spectrum of criminal law disciplines'. It is adept at handling cases of terrorism, sexual assault (including historic abuse), immigration, human trafficking and immigration. Akhtar Ahmad and Robert Borwick head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Akhtar Ahmad; Robert Borwick


ABV Solicitors provide a first-class service, characterised by a quiet efficiency, tactical astuteness and a personal touch‘.

Robert Borwick is an excellent all-round criminal lawyer and communicator, and very client friendly‘.

Akhtar Ahmad is an excellent lawyer in the field of very serious crime, particularly homicide cases‘.

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 the 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.
  • 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.
  • R v J– Historic allegation of rape of two foster daughters. Client acquitted after two trials.

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 against a company who faced 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.
  • Operation Kadenza – the biggest cyber fraud to date in the UK, totaling £113 million where an OCG used “vishing” and “phishing” methods. Parallel investigations were conducted in the USA.

ABV Solicitors are frequently instructed by clients who face extradition proceedings. These matters routinely involve cross-border jurisdiction 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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partners Akhtar Ahmad
Senior partners Aneeta Borwick
Managing partner Robert Borwick
Senior partners Deepak Vij 0344 587 9996
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Akhtar Ahmad  photo Mr Akhtar Ahmad
Ms Amirah Ajaz photo Ms Amirah Ajaz Solicitor
Mr Robert Borwick photo Mr Robert Borwick
Mrs Aneeta Borwick  photo Mrs Aneeta Borwick
Mrs Ashwinder Gill  photo Mrs Ashwinder Gill
Mrs Hanisha Godhania  photo Mrs Hanisha Godhania
Mr Fergus Harrington  photo Mr Fergus Harrington
Mr Zaki Hashmi  photo Mr Zaki Hashmi
Mrs Claire Hewitt  photo Mrs Claire Hewitt
Miss Iram Iqbal  photo Miss Iram Iqbal
Mrs Sunita Mehta  photo Mrs Sunita Mehta
Mr Rohit Sharma  photo Mr Rohit Sharma
Mr Taimoor Tarafdar  photo Mr Taimoor Tarafdar
Mr Rishi Verma  photo Mr Rishi Verma
Mr Deepak Vij  photo Mr Deepak Vij
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 37
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