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    Chambers and Partners

    Top Ranked in Chambers 2020 Top Rankes in Chambers​​​​​​​

    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

    Legal 500 Awards  Legal 500 2019

    The firm has also been recommended by the Legal 500, another independent guide to the profession for several years. The latest edition (2020) 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 cap.

    Other Awards This Year

    Rob Rode has been shortlisted for Managing Partner of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2020

    James McAulay has been shortlisted for Partner of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2020

    Fraud Law firm of year – UK (Corporate Intl 2020)

    Fraud Law firm of year – UK (M&A Today Global Awards 2020)

    Fraud Law firm of year – UK (ACQ5 Global Awards 2020)

    Fraud Law Firm of year – UK (Global Law Experts 2020)

    Criminal Defence firm of the year (Finance Monthly 2020)

    Leading Specialist Criminal Defence Firm of year – UK (Global 100 2020)

    Criminal Law firm of year – UK (Corporate America Today 2020)

    Criminal Defence Law Firm of year – UK (M & A Today Global Awards 2020)

    Criminal Law Firm of year – UK (Corporate Intl 2020)

    Criminal Defence Law firm of year – UK (Global Law Experts 2020)

    Best Practice Operator – UK (ACQ5 Country awards (every decade) 2020)

    Mental Health Lawyer of the year – UK (ACQ5 Global Awards 2020), James McAulay

    Mental Health Lawyer of year – UK (Dealmakers Monthly 2020), James McAulay

    Individual Mental Health Lawyer of the year – England (M&A Today Global Awards 2020), James McAulay

    Best Specialist Fraud and Regulatory Defence Solicitor – UK (SME news 2020), Rob Rode

    Leading Specialist Criminal Defence Solicitor of Year (Lawyer International Legal 100 2020), Rob Rode

    International Advisory Experts Award – Criminal Defence – UK (2020), Rob Rode

    Criminal Law Lawyer of Year – UK (Corporate America Today 2020), Rob Rode

    Regional Criminal Defence Lawyer of Year – UK (ACQ5 Global Awards 2020), Rob Rode

    Monthly-Fraud Lawyer of the year – UK (Dealmakers 2020), Rob Rode