Rahman Ravelli the only top-ranked Legal 500 fraud team in Yorkshire

Rahman Ravelli is celebrating for the third year running after being ranked as top fraud solicitors in the Legal 500, making it the only one in Yorkshire to receive a Tier 1 ranking for the practice specialism.

In giving Rahman Ravelli top ranking in Yorkshire and praising its work in London, the directory described Rahman Ravelli as “unbeatable”.

Rahman Ravelli founder Aziz Rahman (pictured), has again been named an elite solicitor by The Legal 500 for his work in the fields of general crime, fraud and white-collar crime. The Legal 500 calls him “exceptionally good”.

Aziz Rahman said: “The last 12 months has seen Rahman Ravelli continue to grow and it is pleasing to see that The Legal 500 has recognised this.

“[It] has, once again, underlined that we are providing the strongest and best defence in cases of fraud, business and white-collar crime.

“We put all our expertise and experience into every case and although we do not do this to achieve the best legal rankings, such high rankings are a tribute to the great work that everyone at Rahman Ravelli does.”

Two other Sheffield-based firms, meanwhile, have shown that South Yorkshire is continuing to attract an increasing number of new clients to the area with their presence in The Legal 500.

Wake Smith has received seven recommendations in the guide and features in 11 practice areas for the Yorkshire and Humber region including corporate and commercial; dispute resolution – commercial litigation; banking and finance; human resources – employment; clinical negligence and personal injury; personal tax, trusts and probate; commercial property, property litigation and intellectual property and IT and telecoms.

Solicitors highlighted in the report, which ranks the leading law firms and individuals nationally and by region for personal and corporate work, were Mark Serby, John Baddeley, Duncan Shepherd, Nick Lambert, Holly Dobson, Andrew Vidler and Terry Regan.

John Baddeley, director at Wake Smith, said that Sheffield was attracting an increasing amount of legal work from the South Yorkshire region and further afield.

“We have won high profile instructions and continue to work for businesses and individuals with the interests of our clients at the forefront,” he said.

“Although individuals have been highlighted [in The Legal 500], Wake Smith is an exceptional team and our move into one office this year has allowed us to build on that team work and improve efficiencies which can only be good for the client.

Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet has also impressed, having secured a place in The Legal 500’s top ten Yorkshire firms having only been in operation for just over a year.

The specialist solicitors are described as “exceptional” by this year’s guide, with department head, Alex Watkinson, hailed as being “technically very good.”

Taylor&Emmet is also recommended in 11 areas of personal and business legal services, with the firm’s family team making the top three in its category. The experts are praised for being an “always polite and very professional” group, which includes the “thorough” Lucy Rodgers.

Others who were mentioned include employment law head, David Poddington and his colleague, Tom Draper; clinical negligence head James Drydale; commercial litigation head Rob Moore, and motor sector team member Paul Smith.

Anthony Long, Taylor&Emmet’s chief executive, said: “I am very pleased to see so many of our solicitors receive personal commendation in The Legal 500 this year, especially the younger members of the team, who are demonstrating such high quality expertise and client care. Positive feedback from the industry is gratefully received, but what the many thousands of local residents say about us matters the most and in that regard, we also continue to excel.”