Firm profile submitted by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors
Senior and Managing Partner: Aziz Rahman
UK Offices: London, Birmingham, Halifax
Rapid Response Team (24 Hour Emergency Contact): Email: [email protected] Website: rahmanravelli.co.uk
Corporate & Financial Crime: Aziz Rahman, Nicola Sharp, Neil Williams, Syed Rahman, Ben Ticehurst
Internal Investigations & Risk Management: Aziz Rahman, Nicola Sharp, Syed Rahman
Regulatory & Commercial Litigation: Nicola Sharp, Syed Rahman
Asset Recovery (POCA) & Restraint: Syed Rahman, Nicola Sharp, Chris Walton
Complex Crime: Paula Berry, Shaf Rahman
Serious & General Crime: Zahir Ayoub
THE FIRM Since being established in 2001, Rahman Ravelli has rapidly developed into one of the country’s most prominent firms in the defence of white-collar and complex crime, serious and corporate fraud, civil recovery, bribery and corruption, compliance and regulatory matters and commercial litigation; in particular civil fraud. With offices in the City of London, the Midlands and Halifax, the firm has gained a national and international following and a caseload that is increasing annually. Rahman Ravelli is made up of experts and specialists in all areas of criminal and regulatory defence; which goes some way to explaining its widely diverse and international client base. It is well known for its frequent, regular battles against major fraud investigatory organisations, including the SFO, the FCA, SEC, the City of London Police, Interpol, NCA, HMRC, the FBI and OLAF. Rahman Ravelli regularly receives instructions on cases ranging from multi-million pound frauds to money laundering allegations, as well as major tax fraud (including MTIC and carousel fraud), mortgage and property fraud and large-scale investment fraud investigations. Its 2016-17 work has seen it represent clients in the UK’s largest and most high-profile conservation-related tax fraud trial, in investigations into the year’s largest global corruption scandals and involved in the first prosecution under Section 7 of the Bribery Act.
Rahman Ravelli is in increasing demand to help corporates and senior executives investigate and, where possible, self-report wrongdoing in order to achieve a civil rather than criminal solution to business law problems. The firm’s team includes members who are experts in matters such as restraint orders and the confiscation and/or freezing of clients’ assets in alleged proceeds of crime matters (POCA) or civil recovery actions (Part 5 POCA proceedings usually brought by the NCA). It is the only firm to take a POCA case to the European Court of Human Rights.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm’s portfolio routinely consists of high-status cases. Rahman Ravelli’s international regulatory and corporate crime division works on high-profile bribery and corruption cases in the UK and abroad. These cases often involve billions of dollars, governments and companies of all sizes and from many industry sectors. Rahman Ravelli has the expertise and experience to both advise on precautionary measures - particularly in relation to the Bribery Act – and defend actual prosecutions. The firm also advises on self reporting and Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA’s). Rahman Ravelli’s commercial fraud department is inter-alia instructed on some of the largest property fraud cases; involving hundreds of millions of pounds. In such cases, it advises directors, mortgage brokers and other business and financial professionals, including lawyers.
The firm is engaged in high-profile tax fraud cases, including MTIC and carousel fraud, multi-million pound investment frauds that involve numerous countries and agencies, NHS frauds involving medical professionals, education frauds, white-collar crime and money laundering, to mention just a selection. It has played a prominent role in cases involving large-scale, conservation-related tax fraud and has recently represented a large number of professional advisors facing major Ponzi scheme and forex allegations. Its successful defence of a client in the UK’s largest ever investment fraud case is just one of a host of major white-collar crime trials where the firm has excelled. Advising professionals on large-scale, SFO pension fraud allegations is also a speciality. The firm continues to advise companies, including PLCs, on compliance and regulatory risk. Its internal investigations department is expanding as businesses look to identify problems and seek advice on dealing with them in the least damaging way possible.
- 36 Whitefriars Street,
- Greater London
- EC4Y 8BQ
- Tel (020) 3947 1539
- Email : [email protected]
- 3 Brindley Place,
- West Midlands
- B1 2JB
- Tel (0121) 231 7025