Firm Profile > ABR Solicitors > Leeds, England

ABR Solicitors

Crime: general Tier 1

ABR Solicitors supports clients in a wide variety of criminal defence proceedings, including highly sensitive cases relating to murder, sexual assault, gang violence and firearms offences. The firm also has expertise in animal welfare and road traffic cases. Rob Rode heads up the practice and is widely praised by clients for his success rate.

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ABR are probably the number one legal aid criminal practice in Leeds. They provide an outstanding level of service and preparation on their cases.

Rob Rode is a very experienced criminal solicitor based in Leeds. He is highly respected and his cases are always well prepared.

The team, while headed by Rob Rode, has a number of very capable and experienced advocates. They have a highly skilled confiscation team.

Headed by Rob Rode he has driven the practice to the biggest and best in Yorkshire. In challenging times he has proven that running a criminal practice successfully can and does work.

Rob Rode has driven the firm forward over testing times to put the firm on a national platform.

Rob Rode is an exceptional lawyer and is always thoroughly prepared. He is exceptionally tactically aware and his client care skills are second to none. Rob’s team share his qualities and are supported by him in that each case is properly resourced. Andrew Stewardson, James Mcaulay and Mark Whitfield are all also thoroughly deserving of a mention.

Fiercely loyal to the client and they fight the client’s corner with great gusto. If you want to fight your case then got to ABR. They never ever give up.

Rob Rode is a complete legend. Huge experience. He loves the chase and he loves to win.

Crime: fraud Tier 2

ABR Solicitors represents clients in a wide variety of fraud defence cases, with notable capabilities in cross-jurisdictional proceedings. The team has a range of expertise, encompassing regulatory defence, VAT and other types of tax fraud, money laundering, and Proceeds of Crime Act cases. 'Highly effective' practice head Rob Rode successfully handles a high volume of cases, ably supported by Tony Murphy and Andrew Stewartson.

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The team relies on Rob Rode’s individual reputation. He is the key player to the team, and is a national draw.

Rob Rode stands out as a highly effective litigator and advocate with a wealth of experience.

The crime team as a whole is hardworking, knowledgeable and very committed to their clients. they always go the extra mile in terms of preparation and nothing is too much trouble. they have a reputation for always valuing client carer highly and ensuring the client gets the best representation at all times.

Hard work, ceaseless enthusiasm and a desire to ensure that the client’s case is thoroughly prepared comes as standard. Rob Rode is a stand out and leads by example. No case is too big or too small and every case is treated like a cup final.

ABR Solicitors have a track record of doing complex fraud cases. They will do private cases, legal aid cases or insurance backed work. They offer the same levels of service in each case. They prepare their cases very thoroughly and the feedback from clients is exceptional.

Robert Rode is the managing partner and the driving force in the firm. He loves going into details for clients and fighting their corner.’

ABR are a large firm and have a specialist fraud team. The team are genuine specialists, experienced and extremely knowledgeable. The ABR fraud team have been involved in large and high profile cases and regularly deal with paper-heavy, complex cases. Many firms claim specialism in the fraud arena, however there are relatively few who can deliver on that claim. ABR are genuine specialists who can.’

Rob Rode is the managing partner and is an outstanding individual. He is an exceptionally good lawyer and leaves no stone unturned in preparation of his cases. His client care and communication skills are exceptional; he can reduce the most complex legal concepts into clear advice and is particularly adept at managing clients and their expectations. He is also exceptionally tactically aware.

Crime: fraud Tier 3

ABR Solicitors handles a range of fraud, regulatory, money laundering and proceeds of crime matters. Other areas of work include VAT fraud, NHS fraud, tax evasion and lottery fraud. Rob Rode heads the team.

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Crime: general Tier 3

ABR Solicitors focuses on criminal defence and prison law. Key areas of work are criminal conspiracy allegations, motoring offences and sexual offences, including historic sexual offences and indecent images. Managing partner Rob Rode concentrates on fraud, business crime and regulatory cases.

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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, Harrogate, Sheffield and York. 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: ACQ5 Law Awards ‘Regional Criminal Defence Practice of the Year 2017; Regional Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year 2017’  Rob Rode; Annual International Awards ‘Criminal Defence Practice of the Year UK 2017’; International Advisory Experts Awards, Criminal Law Lawyer of the Year in England 2017 Rob Rode; Finance Monthly Awards, Criminal Law and Litigation Law Firm of the Year (UK) 2017; Corporate Intl Global Awards, Fraud Law ‘Law Firm of the Year England 2017; Mental Health Law, Lawyer of the Year 2017’ James McAulay.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Rob Rode
Partners Tony Murphy
Partners Susannah Proctor
Partners Keith Allen
Partners James McAulay
Partners Andrew Stewardson
Photo Name Position Profile
 Steve Milner  photo Steve Milner Partner of ABR Solicitors (fraud, crime and regulatory team). Specialises in all…
 Rob Rode photo Rob Rode Partner and head of ABR Solicitors (fraud, crime and regulatory team). Specialises…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14