Rob Rode
ABR Solicitors
Criminal Defence
Senior/Managing Partner
Britannia Chambers, 4 Oxford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS1 3AX
Voted as: Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year UK
004433 6009222
Main Practice Area

Criminal Defence


Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined the firm in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He was chairman of the Serious Fraud Association and is a member of SAHCA,POCLA,CLSA the International Criminal Bar, The American Bar Association and a member of the criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.


Rob is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist criminal defence solicitor.  He is an acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor.  He is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency.  He is a higher court advocate. 

He represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation including FCPA.  He has experience of dealing with prosecution authorities across a number of jurisdictions. 

Rob undertakes fraud defence, regulatory defence, white collar defence involving international/cross-jurisdictional issues, defence of tax /VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”.

He is recognised as a leading individual in both Chambers and Legal 500 and presently holds 2 awards as criminal lawyer of the year (UK)

Rob has acted successfully in numerous cases defending historic and present day sexual offence allegations.


He is tactically astute and will ensure that when appropriate a pro-active defence is pursued in all cases.


We know that when your reputation, livelihood or liberty are on the line, you need a lawyer you trust to guide you through a process that can be bewildering and just plain frightening. Our specialist fraud and criminal defence team have immense experience of the criminal justice system in all its forms and at every level, and our team includes solicitors and solicitor advocates who can represent you every step of the way.  We have substantial experience in the defence of all types of fraud allegations including carousel fraud, MTIC fraud, VAT fraud and all other serious fraud.  We are recognised experts in the area and Rob Rode based in our Leeds office is a key contact.

Our fraud lawyers are experts in the defence of clients in prosecutions brought by all the prosecution authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Environment Agency, BIS (formerly the DTI) and the Crown Prosecution Service, and we leave no stone unturned to ensure that if a prosecution can be avoided it is avoided, and if it cannot, it is defended to the fullest rigour of the law. The firm is a member of the Legal Aid Agency Serious Fraud Panel. Public funding (legal aid) will be available where applicable for representation.

ABR Solicitors:

Sources regard the criminal law team here as a “extremely proactive and the solicitors really fight for their clients”. Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers. With expertise in fraud and general crime, partner in charge Rob Rode is “exceptionally approachable and easy to work with.” . He is an “experienced charismatic fraud lawyer”

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence lawyers.


ABR Solicitors are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients.

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