Rahman Ravelli appoints McCann to head its Commercial Litigation Department 23 October 2013 5 years ago HIGHLY-RESPECTED fraud and business crime solicitors Rahman Ravelli have turned to Ian McCann to run their newly-expanded commercial litigation department. The Halifax and London-based firm was classed as a Tier 1 practice in the recently-published The Legal 500. But it has signalled its intention to take on more corporate work by appointing Ian McCann as its Head of Commercial Litigation. Aziz Rahman, founder of Rahman Ravelli, said that increasing its commercial litigation caseload was a logical extension of its criminal defence work in the fields of fraud and business crime. He added: The firms rise over the past decade or so has been swift and very pleasing for everyone concerned. Expanding our commercial litigation operation seemed the best possible way of making further use of the expertise we have acquired and the reputation we have gained over the years. Once we had decided to increase our commercial litigation workload, the next task was to find the right person to take responsibility for that part of our operation. In Ian, I am confident that we have found someone who is not only talented and enthusiastic. He is also someone who comes to us with a great track record and strong, clear ideas of how he can complement what Rahman Ravelli already does in the commercial litigation field. Cambridge University graduate McCann arrives at Rahman Ravelli with extensive experience of financial services regulation. His legal career has involved writing articles and presentations, devising and delivering training and giving market analysis on all aspects of commercial litigation to clients and fellow professionals. He has worked as Lady Justice Ardens Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and has in-depth experience of fraud, public and regulatory law as well as commercial, banking, IT and chancery litigation. McCann said: I came to Rahman Ravelli because I was attracted to the idea of taking on a department within an established firm that has an excellent reputation. The opportunity is an incredibly exciting one. The main challenge is to build on Rahman Ravellis track record in business crime. I want to use the huge amount of skill and expertise that this firm can boast from its business crime work and apply it for the benefit of our corporate clients. I believe that this side of Rahman Ravelli can see impressive growth as commercial clients come to recognise what we can offer. My role right now is to put in place the building blocks to let people know just how much we can do for them in terms of commercial litigation.