Ros Bever

I am a Partner in our Manchester office and national head of Irwin Mitchell’s Divorce & Family Law team.

I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end – or assist them in planning for the potential consequences of that happening. Pre-marital and post-marital agreements may not be the most romantic prospect, but they can be vital to map out next steps for couples and families in the event that things do break down in the future.

I have a particular specialism in financial provision for children, where the parents were never married. I’m a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. My team has been successfully nominated and short-listed for a number of national legal awards in the past two years, of which we have won several.

I am part of the Private Wealth team and have extensive experience acting in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, frequently involving complex international issues, high value trust structures and pension arrangements. However, I do not exclusively represent these cases and am always passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for my clients, whatever their situation.

The benefits of working as part of a national family team are tremendous. I am part of one of the largest, if not the largest family team in the country. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be beaten by our competitors. As part of a full-service law firm, I have unrivalled support from the firm’s other teams, across all disciplines and I work particularly closely with our private wealth offering.

In recent years, I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, many of which have been reported. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful “landmark” appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside, each of the women successfully securing costs orders against their opponents. I also represented Helen Roocroft, in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

The law is not one size fits all. I will always work to get the result that is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love a challenge, and I thrive on it – though I always prefer to reach an agreement wherever possible. Although the family Court is a difficult place for everyone, I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

People come to us at what is usually a distressing time in their lives. Helping them work through that and achieve a resolution in the face of adversity is very rewarding.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.

Testimonials:

“Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Ros is “simply brilliant” and is “very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail” – Legal 500 2016

She is “very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter,” according to interviewees, with a “warm and engaging” approach. – Chambers & Partners 2016

“She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children’s issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: “Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty – and thoroughly nice with it.” – Chambers & Partners 2014

Ros Bever is “incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care” – Legal 500 2014

Cases I’ve Been Involved In:

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)

 

Elizabeth Hicks

I am a Partner in the firm and head up the London Family team of nine lawyers. I have been specialising in family law since 1995. My role is to unravel the legal, financial and practical ties when a relationship breaks down. This often involves dealing with complex financial matters such as offshore trusts and corporate structures.

I also act for parents when there is a dispute about their children. In addition I help clients who require pre marital agreements, pre civil partnership agreements and living together contracts. I have considerable experience in dealing with international cases when it is essential to obtain expert advice at an early stage. I am a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and an accredited family lawyer with the Law Society. I am a trained collaborative lawyer which is a way of resolving disputes without going to court. I was shortlisted for Family Lawyer Of The Year in the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards 2016 and featured on the Spear’s Wealth Management top 500 family lawyers’ list in 2015.

Testimonials:

“Formidable”,  “bats at the very highest level,”   “she is absolutely first-rate and completely unflappable.” – Chambers & Partners 2017

Elizabeth has “lots of energy and is hugely committed to her clients” – Legal 500 2016

She is recommended for her “really clever, tactical” and “very caring” approach – Chambers & Partners 2016

Elizabeth Hicks’ “expertise and drive rubs off on the team, which is outstanding” – Legal 500 2015

“A real dynamo” who is “very energetic.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

Sources praise her “extraordinary memory for every detail” and the fact that she “thinks outside the box.” – Chambers & Partners 2014

Elizabeth Hicks “has a superb reputation for financial remedy cases.” – Legal 500 2014

Publications:
  • The Law Journal of Scotland April 2009 – “Variations on a theme” – article on Variation of Orders and the differences between Scotland, Ireland and England
  • New Law Journal June 2007 – “shared intentions” – article examining the case of Stack -v- Dowden and the impact for cohabiting couple
  • Child Rights Magazine September 2006 – “To stay or not to Stay” – article on the case law when one parent wishes to move to another country with their child
  • Family Law Journal August 2006 -“When parents say no” – article dealing with the extent to which family resources are taken into account on divorce

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I wanted to be in a career where I could make a difference. The way in which the break up of someone’s relationship is handled can have a huge impact on them, their ex and their children for the rest of their lives. Being a family lawyer involves a mixture of empathy and support while offering a practical solution. I enjoy the challenge of trying to offer a way forward in what are often very difficult circumstances. I try and make a positive difference to what is usually the most emotional time in someone’s life.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I am passionate about what I do. The most rewarding aspect of my role is to have a client come through a difficult emotional journey and know that I have helped them. I also enjoy the forensic investigation into someone’s finances and helping uncover undisclosed assets and income – which can often make a real difference to the financial outcome for my client.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

There is great team spirit at Irwin Mitchell. Working with lawyers from different areas of law is very rewarding. The diversity of lawyers mean that there is always an interesting or challenging case. Being part of a large national firm means that the administrative support is first class which makes my job a lot easier – and the clients benefit too.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy riding, sailing and also going to the theatre and ballet. I am a fervent Welsh rugby fan and am often found screaming at the television during the Six Nations.

 

Oliver Blunt QC

Oliver has been repeatedly listed for more than 10 years in the top category of leading silks in crime in both Chambers & Partners and in Legal 500. He was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards 2010 as Crime Silk of the Year, and was recently named Serious Crime Barrister of the Year in England in the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards.

In the last two years Oliver has successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor) and Brandon Malinksky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden Trials working with the Sun Newspaper. Also instructed on behalf of three other editor/ journalists whose cases were discontinued by the prosecution prior to trial.

He has twice been instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control in successfully resisting two appeals (Couch and Chisora).

According to successive Chambers and Partners Directories he has been described as “a first class silk for heavyweight criminal trials, such as murder and drugs cases”. “Always very good, so experienced and laid back”. (2015).

“First-rate”. His judgement is excellent and he has a very disarming court room manner”. (2014)

“Universally acclaimed” Oliver Blunt QC is described as “one of the Longstanding Leaders of the Bar”(2013) “a master tactician with an absolute command of the courts” with “a sense of panache and drama”. (2012) “supremely bright with a very good way with the jury and enviable cross examination skills” (2011) and “one of the hardest hitting silks at the Bar.  He is a real street fighter and gives great jury speeches” (2010), “tremendously effective and a real heavyweight in the courtroom” (2009), “frighteningly clever, a magnetic presence in court” (2008), “at ease with any case of whatever complexity or seriousness” (2007), “a leading figure, famed for never missing a trick when it comes to the crunch” (2006), ” a wise and silky smooth advocate, he continues to harvest some of the best work at the criminal bar.  Blessed with both suavity and a talent for getting on with all levels of society” (2005).

Oliver’s track record more than justifies the plaudits. Focused on murder, terrorism, fraud and drugs cases, his experience in violent crime in unsurpassed. Examples range from the trials of Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail and murder) and John Taft (the “Beauty in the bath” murder) to such high profile cases as the Syd Owen (“Ricky” from Eastenders) wounding trial and R v William Cockram and others, the Millennium Dome robbery. Oliver was also instructed in the high profile cases of R v Peter Tobin (murder dating back to 1991 linked to the Vicky Hamilton murder tried in 2006 in Scotland) and R v Iain Davis (double murder re-trial following House of Lords ruling on anonymous witnesses). He is regularly instructed in gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court.

Terrorism trials have formed a significant part of Oliver’s practice recently, with his involvement in R v Sharif, arising out of the 21/7 bombings. However, his terrorism experience goes back over several decades and includes IRA trials and appearances on behalf of the Iranian embassy and its consular staff. He is currently instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial due at the Central Criminal Court (2016).

Oliver’s experience in fraud and white collar crime includes a number of large and complex cases. These range from a £200 million shipping fraud, a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud, and money laundering cases, to an electoral fraud trial. Oliver also represented Devi Schahou in the much-publicised Goldman Sachs fraud trial. In 2009 Oliver secured the acquittal of the defendant Colwell in relation to the highly publicised Sayers conspiracies to commit large scale mortgage fraud in the North-East.

Oliver’s track record in the area of drugs crime is also extensive and impressive, and includes successfully defending the first defendant in an £150 million pound cocaine importation case. He represented the defendant Goren in a multi-million pound conspiracy to import heroin from Turkey.  He has appeared for the defendant Cornick in a case involving the importation of tonnes of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine into the UK. In 2014 he secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others at Kingston Crown Court.

His exclusively defence-based practice also includes high profile sexual offences for example, Richard Baker “the DJ rapist” and blackmail, for example the case of Amerdeep Johal, a serving police officer accused of blackmailing known sex offenders.

Oliver regularly appears in the list of highest earning criminal barristers.

Furnival Chambers:

Furnival Chambers was established in 1985 to deliver a comprehensive and specialist criminal law service for solicitors and lay clients. We are committed to ensuring that everything good in the traditional and independent bar thrives in a modern environment.

 

Samantha Essenhigh

Samantha Essenhigh is one of the founders of Essenhigh Farrington Law. Samantha is a Senior Litigation Executive, Practice Manager and designated COFA of the Firm.

With over 15-years working in the field of civil litigation, Samantha has extensive experience in Personal Injury, Clinical/Medical Negligence, Cosmetic Negligence, Professional Negligence, Sports Injury and complex Commercial Litigation including areas that encompass Breach of Contract, Asset Purchase and Shareholders Disputes.

Samantha has also been involved in claims against Government(s), HMRC, the FCA, international professional practices and is actively pursuing cases against major Financial Institutions in the wake of alleged negligence surrounding Interest Variable Rate Swap loans, Mis-sold Mortgages and Global Investment Funds.

Samantha’s approach to her clients, and indeed the Law, maybe considered “unconventional”. Unlike many law firms and lawyers, she has always been passionate about ensuring that clients do not enter into protracted litigation purely for the sake of it.

Samantha understands how difficult a case can be for clients, and is dedicated to providing an exceptional service. She will always endeavour to ensure that clients of Essenhigh Farrington Law are not only represented, but are also supported through the legal process, both professionally and personally:

“I understand that our clients’ worries do not simply subside outside of working hours. This is why I invite all our clients to contact me at any time if they feel it necessary. I am accessible via both my mobile and email”.

Samantha also understands the financial stress faced by many individuals in the UK as a result of changes in legislation, and the mechanisms of larger law firms and organizations that make gaining justice prohibitive. She continues to actively seek new methods of funding for clients so that they can seek the justice they rightfully deserve.

As the Managing Director and Practice Manager, Samantha leads a highly talented and experienced legal and support team. She is the allocated and SRA approved COFA (Compliance officer for Finance and Administration) ensuring that all areas of the business meet the high expectations both individual and corporate clients have come to expect from the firm.

Samantha has a keen business development and legal focus. She has created global contacts with a wide range of expertise making Essenhigh Farrington Law a well-connected and client ready firm.

Essenhigh Farrington Law:

Essenhigh Farrington Law is a modern and vibrant law firm with offices in Southport, London and Spain offering a full range of legal services to both individuals and commercial clients, specialising in all areas of litigation.

We provide straightforward advice to individuals on a range of matters, from Professional Negligence actions to Commercial Law, Sports Injury, Clinical Negligence and HMRC Investigations. Our personal injury lawyers also have expertise in industrial compensation claims, motorcycle accidents, Employers/Public Liability Claims and Cosmetic Negligence.

Commercial clients benefit from the Legal Concierge (www.legalconcierge.co.uk); packages tailored to meet the needs of business owners whether they are new, SMES or larger companies

We provide all our clients with a professional yet approachable service, offering expert advice and efficient solutions. Our aim is to keep things as straightforward as possible whilst ensuring the needs of our clients are put first. We believe it is our personable and customer-orientated approach that sets us apart from our competitors – and leads many of our clients to recommend Essenhigh Farrington Law Limited.

 

Ben Horn

Ben is a veteran shipping and insurance lawyer with 30 years’ experience of acting for various stakeholders in the shipping, energy and insurance industry. He was a partner in a major shipping law firm which he left more than 10 years ago to set up his own practice,

He specializes in all aspects of dry shipping, Insurance and international trade and has extensive experience in dealing with disputes under all the usual contract forms in use in the shipping, insurance and the offshore industry. His practice encompasses both litigation and arbitration and he regularly acts in relation to disputes under time and voyage charters, the defense of cargo claims, ship arrest, disputes arising out of the sale of ships, shipbuilding contracts and oil and product trading contracts. He acts in relation to the full range of potential disputes under policies of marine insurance including coverage, total loss investigations, claims arising out of equipment failure, engine breakdowns and general average.

Ben has been involved in literally hundreds of maritime arbitrations conducted under the LMAA rules as well as ICC and LCIA arbitrations, involving transportation, engineering and other contractual disputes. He was editor of the Arbitration Law Handbook and is widely regarded as one of the leading maritime arbitration specialists, He is often appointed as arbitrator and is generally willing to consider appointments as arbitrator.

He is a seasoned litigator and has wide experience of commercial court actions including interlocutory matters such as antisuit injunctions, freezing injunctions and Arbitration Act challenges to arbitration awards, Some of the more important reported shipping cases in which he has handled over the years include Houda (time charterers orders), Rialto (piercing corporate veil), Jay Bola (one year Hague Rules time limit), Atlantic Emperor (meaning of arbitration exception in Brussels Convention) and Baltic Navigator ( jurisdiction of arbitrators and identification of contract of carriage).

He is a consultant to the C Solutions group of companies where he is Head of Dry Shipping and Insurance and is often involved in maritime casualty work.  He is a Chartered arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of Arbitrators maintained by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; a Member of Baltic Exchange and a Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association and a Member of Indian Maritime Association.

 

David Hansom

Global law firm Clyde & Co has recently announced the appointment of David Hansom as a Partner in its Infrastructure group, where he will lead the firm’s public procurement offering.

David is a leading procurement lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. He specialises in public procurement law with sectoral expertise across transport, energy, education, health, technology and waste. He joins from Veale Wasbrough Vizards, where he was Partner and National Head of its public sector team. He was previously at Eversheds.

David has significant expertise in procurement structuring of real estate development projects as well as advising on public sector funding, trading and state aid issues in the context of procurement projects. He also has procurement litigation experience.

Clyde and Co’s infrastructure group comprises over 150 lawyers world-wide. It advises on the full project pipeline – from planning and investment to construction and post-delivery. The group works across all asset types: social, energy, transport and commercial development and is proud to have advised on iconic projects across the UK and worldwide.

 

 

Robert Rhodes QC

Robert Rhodes QC specialises in business crime (e.g. civil and criminal fraud, tax investigations, bribery and money laundering), mediation and arbitration (both as counsel and mediator/arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also registered for direct access with the public.

Robert is noted for his utter dedication to his clients. He has a commercial approach to his clients’ problems, and always gives clear, practical advice.

Robert sits on a number of Far Eastern panels of arbitrators / mediators, has rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre, and is a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He has been appointed a Senior International Mediation Expert at the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has also chaired numerous regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He has been a member of the Corporate Panel of the Dispute Board Federation. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a Recorder of the Crown Court in England and Wales, and a member of the Bar Council.

He has been recommended as a Leading Silk in Fraud, Banking and Finance by the Legal 500.

He has spoken in various continents on fraud, money laundering, bribery (most recently in Italy, where the audience included the Lord Chief Justice) mediation and arbitration. He has published extensively on those subjects, and has been interviewed by the media.

Robert is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council, and a member of the Advisory Council to the UK Sichuan Business Association.

Selection of Cases

Shah v Shah (Companies Court)

Company law dispute between brothers who were shareholders and directors of a plc.

BSAL v CHILUKIRI (Commercial Court)

Alleged advance fee fraud

R (Lee) v General Commissioners of Income Tax & HMRC (Administrative Court)

Successful application for judicial review in respect of Commissioners’ adverse decision to a taxpayer.

Connelly v Law Society (Administrative Court)

Significant case on various areas of law relating to solicitors’ practice, including conflicts of interest, obtaining written instructions from a client and solicitor’s lien.

Accountancy Investigation & Discipline Board v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP & Another

250 page judgment of tribunal (chaired by Robert Rhodes QC), relating to disciplinary proceedings arising from the collapse of Mayflower Plc. See www.frc.org.uk

 

Rob Rode

Rob is a nationally and internationally recognized specialist criminal defence solicitor.  An acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor, he is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency. He is a Higher Court Advocate.

He represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation including FCPA. He has experience of dealing with prosecution authorities across a number of jurisdictions.

Rob undertakes fraud defence, regulatory defence,white collar defence involving cross-jurisdictional issues, defence of tax/VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”.

He has acted as defence solicitor successfully in numerous cases defending historic and present day sexual offence allegations.Cases of this nature may also involve allegations of neglect and he has acted for both individuals and organizations.

He also has a particular interest in defending allegations of serious violence and murder acting successfully as defence solicitor in multiple cases over his years of practice.

He is tactically astute and will ensure that when appropriate a pro-active defence is pursued in all cases.

Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined ABR Solicitors in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He was Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, and a member of SAHCA, CLSA  the International Criminal Bar ,the American Bar Association and a member of the Leeds criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.

He is Criminal Law Lawyer of the Year in England (International Advisory Experts Awards 2017)

 He is also UK-regional Criminal Defence lawyer of the year (ACQ5 Law Awards 2017)

He is ranked a leading figure by the legal 500 and Chambers and has  national and international recognition and awards in relation to his and the firm’s work.

They state that Rob Rode is called “a tour de force – an ambitious, energetic and thorough lawyer.” He is known for his work in the defence of business crime allegations. “He is a national figure, a leader in the field in Leeds and nationally. A power broker who is held in extremely high regard,” reports the Bar. ”He is remarkably hands on. He has a great presence in this area (crime and financial crime) according to sources who add that he thinks outside the box and always provides good service to his clients. He is extremely proactive”. “He is very talented and hardworking and always keeps his client’s best interests at heart “ “He is an extremely impressive and dynamic team leader who combines fearless tenacity with an exceptionally personable attitude”

The firm is ranked number one in Yorkshire and the Humber and number two nationally by the Legal 500 and Chambers. The team is described as “excellent”.

Criminal & Fraud Law:

We know that when your reputation, livelihood or liberty are on the line, you need a lawyer you trust to guide you through a process that can be bewildering and just plain frightening. Our specialist fraud defence and criminal defence team have immense experience of the criminal justice system in all its forms and at every level, and our team includes solicitors and solicitor advocates who can represent you every step of the way. 

Our fraud lawyers are experts in the defence of clients in prosecutions brought by all the prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Environment Agency, BIS (formerly the DTI) and the Crown Prosecution Service, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure that if a prosecution can be avoided it is avoided, and if it cannot, it is defended to the fullest rigour of the law. The firm is a member of the Legal Aid Agency Serious Fraud Panel. Public funding (legal aid) will be available where applicable for representation.

ABR Solicitors:

Sources regard the criminal law team here as a “key player “Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers.

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence and fraud defence lawyers.

ABR Solicitors are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients.

 

Tony Butterworth

I am a Senior UK Immigration Consultant with 15 years’ experience in UK immigration, seven of which were spent in the Home Office as their Executive Officer. I work with large multinational companies and individuals of all nationalities, such as skilled migrants, investors and high net worth individuals who are seeking work authorisation for economic based activities. I enjoy the variety of working with clients across a range of sectors including Magic Circle global law firms, financial services, IT, Oil and Gas and natural resources.

I pride myself in being a recognised immigration expert, known for providing advice and processing support to all of Ferguson Snell’s clients. Throughout my career in immigration I have forged long standing relationships with UKBA migration policy managers and case workers; these relationships enable me to offer an efficient, proactive approach to my immigration clients. I embrace the constant challenges presented to me within my role and work hard to establish excellent working relationships with my clients, taking the time to understand their needs, to operate within each business client’s company ethos and offer innovative solutions for all immigration needs, no matter how complex.

Ferguson Snell:

Ferguson Snell is the most established immigration company in the business. Operating in the UK since 1985, the company has continued to evolve. We pride ourselves in our provision of accurate, compliant, high-touch immigration services to individuals and organisations alike.

On 5 May 2016, CSC (NYSE: CSC), a leading provider of next-generation technology solutions and services, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xchanging plc, Ferguson Snell’s parent company. Ferguson Snell is now part of CSC.

Today Ferguson Snell is expanding internationally and, while the company continues to grow, we still maintain the friendly, approachable, solution-finding ethos that has always made Ferguson Snell stand out amongst other immigration services.

Ferguson Snell has dedicated UK immigration, US immigration and Global teams working on business and private client immigration. The company is headquartered in London with an Asia Pacific office based in India and Global immigration capabilities across 88 countries.

 

Rob Rode

Rob is a nationally recognised criminal defence solicitor.  An acknowledged specialist fraud and regulatory defence solicitor, he is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency. He is a Higher Court Advocate, undertaking fraud defence, regulatory defence, defence of tax/VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters and matters involving international/cross jurisdictional issues with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”.

Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined ABR Solicitors in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He is Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, and a member of SAHCA, CLSA  the International Criminal Bar ,the American Bar Association and a member of the Leeds criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.

Chambers UK{}  states that Rob Rode is called “a tour de force – an ambitious, energetic and thorough lawyer.” He is known for his work in the defence of business crime allegations. “He is a national figure, a leader in the field in Leeds and nationally. A power broker who is held in extremely high regard,” reports the Bar. The firm is ranked number one in Yorkshire and the Humber and number two nationally by the Legal 500 and Chambers. The team is described as “excellent”.

Criminal & Fraud Law:

We know that when your reputation, livelihood or liberty are on the line, you need a lawyer you trust to guide you through a process that can be bewildering and just plain frightening. Our specialist fraud defence team have immense experience of the criminal justice system in all its forms and at every level, and our team includes solicitors and solicitor advocates who can represent you every step of the way.  We have substantial experience in the defence of all types of fraud allegations including carousel fraud, MTIC fraud, VAT fraud and all other serious fraud.  We are recognised experts in the area and Rob Rode based in our Leeds office is a key contact.

Our fraud lawyers are experts in the defence of clients in prosecutions brought by all the prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Environment Agency, BIS (formerly the DTI) and the Crown Prosecution Service, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure that if a prosecution can be avoided it is avoided, and if it cannot, it is defended to the fullest rigour of the law. The firm is a member of the Legal Aid Agency Serious Fraud Panel. Public funding (legal aid) will be available where applicable for representation.

ABR Solicitors:

Sources regard the criminal law team here as a “key player in the Leeds market”. Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers. With expertise in fraud and general crime, partner in charge Rob Rode is “exceptionally approachable and easy to work with.” (Chambers UK {})

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence lawyers.

ABR Solicitors are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients.