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Chambers and Partners


The firm has been consistently recommended in Chambers and partners (an independent guide to the profession) for a number of years.  

In the 2019 edition the firm is ranked as follows:

For its work as criminal defence solicitor specialists crime band 1 in Leeds, Bradford and surrounds.

The firm is also recognised for its defence work in Financial Crime in band 2.

Rob Rode is recommended as a leading lawyer for his work in financial crime in the regions.

What the team is known for:

An experienced financial crime practice, advising on matters such as conspiracy to defraud and tax fraud. Strong bench of higher court advocates. Also advises on money laundering cases, as well as related POCA proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Rob Rode is recognised for his deep expertise in fraud cases. Sources observe that "he is a very good lawyer" and "a fearsome advocate."”

Legal 500


The firm has also been recommended by the Legal 500 another independent guide to the profession for several years. The latest edition (2018) ranks the firm as a tier 1 firm for our work as criminal defence lawyers and at tier 2 for its work in the defence of fraud and related matters.

Rob Rode is recognised as a leading individual in both crime and fraud

Noted for its 'fierce reputation for strong defence' ABR Solicitors is frequently instructed in complex fraud allegation, including multi-party matters and organised crime. Managing partner Robert Rode heads the 'excellent' team,

“The 'excellent' and 'forward-thinking' practice at ABR Solicitors is considered 'a market leader in Yorkshire'. Managing partner Robert Rode is singled out as 'a leading figure' in this area and heads up the firm's general crime team.  Rode has the capabilities to deal with a full spectrum of criminal matters, from instruction to appeal courts.”

Yorkshire Legal Awards

Other Awards

Fraud Law Firm of the year –UK (Corporate USA Awards 2019)

Best Fraud Law Firm –UK (Lawyers World 2019)

Best Specialist Criminal Law Firm –England (Legal Awards 2019)

Criminal law firm of the year-England (Lawyer International legal 100 awards 2019)

Fraud Law firm of the year England (Global Law Experts Annual awards 2019)

Criminal Defence law firm  

Criminal Defence Law firm of year _England (Global Law Experts Annual Awards 2019)

Regulatory Defence Solicitor of the year-Rob Rode (Legal awards 2019)

Mental Health Lawyer of year-James McAulay (Global 100 Awards 2019)

Most Instrumental woman in criminal case preparations.-Tracey Hepworth (Legal Awards 2019)

Criminal Law Lawyer of the year –UK (Lawyer International Legal 100 awards 2019)

Regional Criminal Defence Lawyer of year (ACQ Law awards 2019)

Mental health lawyer of the year –James McAulay (Legal Awards 2019)

Fraud lawyer of the year-UK Rob Rode (Finance Monthly Fintech Awards 2019)

Criminal Law Lawyer of Year –Rob Rode (M and A Global Awards 2019)

Fraud Law firm of the year -UK 2018 (Legalcomprehensive.com) 

Fraud law firm of the year –UK 2018 (Lawyer World Global Awards)

Fraud law firm of the year –UK 2018 (ACQ5)

Regional criminal Defence firm of the year-UK 2018 (ACQ5)

Criminal Defence practice of the year -UK 2018 (lawyer international global awards)

Fraud law firm of the year –UK 2018 (global Law experts)

Criminal Law lawyer of the year –UK 2018 (lawyer international global awards), Rob Rode

Fraud lawyer of year-UK 2018 (Dealmakers Global ), Rob Rode

Criminal Defence lawyer of year-UK 2018 (intercontinental finance), Rob Rode

Criminal defence solicitor of year-UK 2018 (finance monthly), Rob Rode

Criminal defence solicitor of year-UK 2018 (ACQ5), Rob Rode

Lawyer of year (criminal leeds) (best lawyers of the year 2019) 2018, Rob Rode

Criminal Litigation lawyer of year –UK 2018 (Corporate Livewire global awards), Rob Rode

Criminal Law Lawyer of year –UK 2018 (M and A), Rob Rode

Mental Health lawyer of the year UK 2018 (M and A), James McAulay

Mental Health lawyer of the year UK 2018 (intercontinental finance), James McAulay

Mental Health lawyer of the year UK 2018 (lawyer international Global Awards), James McAulay

Mental health lawyer of the year 2018 (corporate livewire global awards), James McAulay

Corporate Intl 2018 mental health lawyer of the year England, James McAulay

ACQ5 regional criminal defence law firm of the year UK 2018

Corporate Intl fraud firm of the year England 2018

ACQ5 regional Criminal defence lawyer of the year 2018, Rob Rode

Legal Comprehensive Top 100 lawyers internationally 2018, Rob Rode

Fraud Law Firm of the year, England 2018 - Corporate USA Today

Criminal Defence Practice of the year, UK 2018 - Corporate USA Today

Criminal Law Lawyer of the year. UK 2018, Rob Rode - Corporate USA Today

Business crime firm of the year 2018 - Lawyer Monthly

Criminal law lawyer of the year Rob Rode - M and A Today

Fraud law firm of the year - Corporate Intl Global Awards 2017

Fraud law firm of the year- Global Law experts 2017

Criminal law firm of year – Corporate insider Business Excellence 2017

Regional criminal defence firm of the year - ACQ5 Awards 2017

Criminal defence practice of the year - UK Annual International awards 2017

Criminal law and litigation law firm of the year UK -Finance Monthly awards 2017

Most innovative law firm – Acquistion INTL leader in the UK awards 2017

Criminal law lawyer of the year in England (Rob Rode) -International Advisory Experts Award 2017

Mental health law lawyer of the year in England (James McAulay) - Corporate intl Global Awards 2017

Criminal defence solicitor of the year (Rob Rode) -Finance Monthly Awards 2017

Tax criminal law firm of the year – Global Awards Corporate Livewire 2015

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"Anna Moran is the best representative I've ever seen in my life, she represented me as if she was there the day everything happened"

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"Tracey Hepworth represented me at Bradford Police Station...I cannot rate the service I received highly enough"

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“I would not hesitate to use ABR Solicitors again and cannot thank them enough for their service. Keith Allen did a fantastic job.”

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"Paige was very good, hard working, polite and ease to get on with."

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"No words can express how grateful we all are as a family, Rob is totally dedicated to his job and all his client’s cases."

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"Professional and friendly service."

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"Patricia made me feel at ease at a point when I was scared. I am very happy with the high level of professionalism."

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"An outstanding result was achieved by Anna Moran, she fully understood my situation and fought hard for a result in my favour."

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