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ABR Solicitors

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

Boutique firm ABR Solicitors provides nationwide defence in fraud, crime and regulatory matters, handling cases all the way from the police station through to the appeal courts. Managing partner Robert Rode is a leading name for Bribery Act investigations and prosecutions, VAT and tax fraud defence, motoring, general crime and white collar defence matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rode

Other key lawyers:

Tony Murphy; Andrew Stewardson; Matt Goode; James McAulay; Anna Moran; Adele McBride


‘Rob Rode and his team have a well deserved national reputation. They are extremely experienced and regularly deal with high profile matters.’

‘Excellent partners and staff. Particular expertise in heavy complex crime and mental health. Always available, unfailingly courteous with clients, yet with a steely resolve to achive results.’

‘This firm is particularly strong in Leeds and West Yorkshire. They are really very good at handling major complex defence cases and in particular serious fraud. A first rate firm with strong team delivering one of the best overall services in the area.’

‘Rob Rode and Andy Stewardson are first rate in the field of fraud and POCA work.’

‘The team both collectively and individually, with special mention to Rob Rode, Anna Moran and James McAulay, offer an excellent service to clients charged with general crime matters. it has navigated the difficulties of the past several years under the excellent stewardship of Rob Rode.’

‘Rob Rode and James Macauley are acknowledged market leaders. They are exceptional lawyers and motivators and the teams they lead are dedicated.’

‘Rob Rode will never let the client down. He is utterly tenacious but with top class tactical instincts.

‘Rob Rode is a first rate lawyer and remains a leading figure nationally as well as locally. A skilled advocate and tactician with an astute commercial brain. Andy Stewardson is a highly skilled operator in the field of fraud and POCA work with a deep understanding of both the law and procedure. Anna Moran is a real fighter with a passion for helping the underdog. James McAulay is a nationally recognised specialist in mental health law who brings that expertise to his work in criminal law.’

Work highlights

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 3

    The firm: ABR solicitors is a niche fraud, crime, regulatory and mental health practice with its head and back office in Leeds. It also has offices in Liverpool, London and Nottingham. ABR is committed to operating in a digitalised court process.

    The firm believes in ensuring that people and companies are properly represented in their case, and that every case is different. To do so it always fully assesses and challenges evidence.

    ABR is committed to fighting for all its clients, both publicly and privately funded.

    The firm is available 24/7, acting throughout with: personality; intellectual ability; honesty and integrity; and professionalism.

    ABR provides ‘the best form of defence‘.

    The firm and the partners have received national and international awards for their work and recognition:

    • International Advisory Experts Awards 2021 –Criminal defence firm of year –UK
    • Global 100-2021-Best Criminal Defence Practice and Fraud Law firm- UK
    • Global Law Experts 2021-White Collar Crime and Criminal Defence Law firm of year-UK
    • Corporate America Today awards 2021-Criminal Defence Practice of year –UK
    • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards 2021-Criminal Defence Law firm of year-UK
    • Global Business Insight Awards 2021-Specialist Criminal Defence solicitor of Year-UK
    • Lawyers Worldwide Awards (5 star awards) 2021-Criminal Defence firm of the Year- UK
    • Lawyer International Awards 2021-Criminal Defence Practice of Year-UK
    • Corporate Intl Global Awards 2021-Criminal Defence Law firm of year-UK
    • ACQ5 Global Awards 2021-Fraud Law firm of year-UK
    • SME News Legal Awards 2021-Best Criminal Justice Practice-Yorkshire
    • Finance Monthly Awards 2021-Criminal Defence Lawyer of Year-UK

    Types of work undertaken: ABR Solicitors provides the full range of fraud, crime and regulatory services, advising and representing clients throughout investigations and proceedings conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency, Health & Safety Executive, trading standards, Fire Protection and Environment Agency and other regulatory agencies. It represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation including FCPA.

    It also represents professions including doctors, dentists, teachers, nurses, solicitors and other professionals in respect of disciplinary proceedings.

    The firm undertakes all restraint order and confiscation work.

    ABR advises companies to ensure their procedures are compliant.

    The firm has one of the leading mental health practitioners, James McAulay, leading the mental health team. The team advises clients and represents them at tribunals throughout the country. It also provides training for mental health professionals nationally. Jo Davidson leads the prison law team.

    Managing partner Rob Rode
    Partners Tony Murphy
    Partners Andrew Stewardson
    Partners James McAulay
    Partners Anna Moran
    James McAulay photo James McAulaypartner
    Anna Moran photo Anna MoranPartner
    Rob Rode photo Rob RodePartner and head of ABR Solicitors (fraud, crime and regulatory team). Specialises…
    Andrew Stewardson photo Andrew Stewardsonpartner
    Number of UK partners : 5
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 21

    If you and/or your business are facing a prosecution for committing fraud, it is essential that you have the very best legal representation on your side. Being prosecuted for committing fraud can lead to serious penalties, such as fines or prison sentences.

    Our specialist fraud solicitors have an excellent success rate in defending clients prosecuted for a wide range of fraud offences. No matter what your circumstances may be, we will strive to ensure your defence is meticulously prepared, with no detail or potential angle being overlooked.

    Over the years, our fraud solicitors have established excellent working relationships with a number of highly regarded specialist defence barristers and expert witnesses, which means that we can ensure that you receive first-class representation during court proceedings.

    If you need immediate expert advice and representation in relation to a fraud investigation or prosecution, please contact your local ABR Solicitors office in Leeds, Liverpool, or Nottingham