Firm Profile > ABR Solicitors > Leeds, England

ABR Solicitors

Crime: general Tier 1

ABR Solicitors' work encompasses cases involving murder, terrorism, drug offences, sexual assaults, theft, violent offences, dangerous driving and historic crimes. The group also has notable experience in animal welfare cases and other types of motoring offences. Rob Rode - 'a fearless advocate who does his utmost for his clients' is the main contact in the Leeds office, which recently acquired the former criminal team at O'Garra's.

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode


ABR Solicitors is the stand-out firm in Yorkshire with strength in depth throughout the team, which provides a fantastic service to its clients‘.

ABR is a clear leader in the Leeds area for general criminal work and has built up an enviable reputation over the years by looking after clients and fighting their corner‘.

ABR is a national firm with strong Yorkshire values and qualities‘.

Rob Rode is the lead partner and a fearless advocate who does his utmost for his clients. His cases are well prepared and he goes the extra mile‘.

Crime: fraud Tier 2

ABR Solicitors handles national and international investigations and prosecutions for individuals and company clients. Notable areas of expertise include fraud and regulatory defence, white-collar crime and tax and VAT fraud. Rob Rode - 'a dynamic force of nature who wins unwinnable cases through sheer belief and effort' - heads up the team, which also includes Tony Murphy and Proceeds of Crime Act expert Andrew Stewardson.

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode

Other key lawyers:


Rob Rode leads the team with panache and is a force to be reckoned with

ABR has a very strong reputation and handles considerable amounts of heavyweight work‘.

ABR is a serious fraud player in the North of England and is one of the go-to firms. It fields very experienced solicitors who provide a brilliant service. No one in Leeds has great expertise‘.

ABR is a clear leader in the Leeds area for fraud work. It has built up a track record of being involved in the biggest and most complex cases, and its thoroughness and attention to detail is often commented on‘.

Rob Rode is a standout person in the field. He is the driving force behind the firm and is a dynamic force of nature who wins unwinnable cases through sheer belief and effort‘.

Crime: fraud Tier 3

ABR Solicitors is a 'major player in the criminal fraud market in the North West'. It handles a range of serious fraud and money laundering cases and defends individuals investigated and prosecuted by agencies including the SFO, FCA, HMRC, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the NCA. Rob Rode heads the team and Tony Murphy's 'preparation in the large fraud cases is meticulous and thorough'. 

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode

Other key lawyers:


The firm is a well thought of practice on the North West

Tony Murphy is the stand out partner who has extensive experience dealing with serious crime

Tony Murphy  is the main partner in the North West; he is very experienced and hugely committed for his clients.

Crime: general Tier 3

ABR Solicitors in Bootle is experienced across fraud, crime and regulatory cases and the team has a 'strong local following for general crime work' . Tony Murphy is a 'very experienced and hardworking solicitor' and represents clients on a range of criminal cases including motoring offences, murder and theft. Senior advocate Julie Murphy is experienced in handling fraud cases, confiscation proceedings and multi-handed drugs conspiracies.

Practice head(s):

Rob Rode; Tony Murphy

Other key lawyers:


The firm has a great reputation for looking after its clients and for preparing cases thoroughly

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…
Mr Rob Rode photo Mr 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