Rahman Ravelli has been named as the best business crime lawyers in one of the world’s most prestigious legal guides for the sixth consecutive year.
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The firm, with offices in Yorkshire, London and the Midlands, has once again been ranked as Tier 1 in the fraud solicitors section of “The Legal 500’’; the guide that rates legal firms in more than 100 countries.
This year’s edition of The Legal 500 says that “Rahman Ravelli stands out nationally for its fraud work, with substantial expertise in white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion.’’ It adds that the firm is “the leader in the field’’ and has “a strong, bright, proactive and diligent team’’ made up of first-class lawyers with experience and expertise, admirable client-handling skills and focused and foresighted strategic awareness.
The Legal 500 praises the award-winning firm for its specialist skills relating to deferred prosecution agreements – where a company can avoid prosecution by agreeing to meet certain conditions – and its experience and expertise in managing global investigations.
It also highlights seven of the firm’s solicitors as being among the very best in the fields of white-collar crime, corporate crime, money laundering and tax evasion.
Naming the firm’s founder, Aziz Rahman, as an elite individual, The Legal 500 describes him as massively experienced, highly skilled, a powerhouse figure and “a real fighter in protecting clients’ interests’’. It adds: “Aziz Rahman is a standout practitioner with exceptional inter-personal skills who is able to see the heart of the case at a very early stage and prepare a strategy that gets exceptional results.’’
Neil Williams, the firm’s London-based legal director, is described by the Legal 500 as someone who is excellent with clients, knows how to get to the root of any issue and has “an uncanny ability to be able to soak up vast reams of dense information at seemingly superhuman speed’’. Chris Walton, one of the firm’s London-based senior associates, is called “a huge asset to any complex criminal case’’ while his fellow senior associate Niall Hearty also receives special mention. The Legal 500 also notes Lorraine Gallen’s skill in MTIC fraud cases.
The guide calls Rahman Ravelli legal director Nicola Sharp “a star in the making’’. It adds: “She handles cases extremely well, has a determined approach to litigation and is never fazed no matter how complex the case.’’
It also highlights Rahman Ravelli Legal Director Syedur Rahman’s cryptocurrency expertise. The guide cites many of the cases he has worked on; including representing a corporate with offices in over 40 countries in a global Serious Fraud Office energy sector corruption investigation, a major international cryptocurrency fraud and other multijurisdictional bribery and corruption cases.
Aziz Rahman said he was delighted with his firm’s showing in the Legal 500; especially as it showcases the firm’s global expertise and the skills of so many of its lawyers.
He added: “Once again we as a firm are very pleased to be given such a high ranking and to have such huge compliments paid to us by those who compile the Legal 500.
“It is also massively satisfying to see that so many of our team have had their skills and their achievements noted and that the Legal 500 recognises our ability to achieve the very best for clients around the globe.
“Our first priority has always been – and will always be - acting with strength and intelligence and as a team for each and every client. It is pleasing to us all that the Legal 500 acknowledges this. This is recognition for the great work that everyone at this firm has produced in the past year.’’