Syed's great depth of experience in serious fraud, business crime and serious crime and his expertise in defending white-collar crime allegations have earmarked him as a robust defence solicitor. He has also built an impressive reputation in the field of asset tracing and recovery, with a respected track record regarding civil recovery actions brought by enforcement agencies; particularly the National Crime Agency.
He is known for his skill in worldwide asset recovery cases, high-stakes commercial and financial disputes and cross-border investigations involving attacks on clients’ interests by numerous governments or agencies
His skill in defending business crime, fraud and regulatory allegations and his ability to negotiate with investigators have ensured his clients receive the strongest representation. His clients include corporates and their directors, financial institutions and high net worth individuals
The 2021 edition of The Chambers UK Guide ranks Syed as an associate to watch, calls him “a very technically gifted lawyer’’ and says he “gets on top of all the facts in complex cases’’. Chambers has described him as “very committed to the work he does’’ and said he “leaves no stone unturned and has a passion for what he does’’. It has repeatedly highlighted his expertise in Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) work and asset recovery proceedings.
The Legal 500 has called Syed “a creative thinker’’, “a master of detail’’ and someone who “entirely devotes himself to his cases’’. It has drawn attention to the wide variety of global corporate wrongdoing and multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption investigations he has worked on and his cryptocurrency expertise. The 2021 edition describes his “incredible depth of experience when it comes to fraud matters, and in particular those with an international element or where the National Crime Agency are involved.’’
Syed’s caseload has included some of the most complex and testing cases involving prosecuting bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority. He is also in demand to work on cases where there is the possibility of securing a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) for clients. The Legal 500 has noted Rahman Ravelli’s expertise in advising on DPAs and recognised that Syed “goes the extra mile to get the best results for his clients in leading on a multi-jurisdictional matter concerning this area”.
Syed is proficient in both criminal and civil cases, especially where there is an allegation of serious fraud or corporate wrongdoing. He has expertise in handling regulatory and compliance cases, both here and internationally. His ability to assess complex issues, dig down to establish the facts and analyse challenging sets of circumstances have seen him excel on internal investigations carried out on behalf of Rahman Ravelli’s corporate clients.
Syed's specialist expertise in civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of POCA has led to him recording notable successes for clients in national and international cases. His caseload includes a number of hugely significant civil recovery cases that have involved not only immense amounts of money but also incredibly challenging and complex legal issues. He has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases and expertise in obtaining and defending injunctions such as worldwide freezing orders, disclosure orders and search orders.
His recent caseload includes global energy sector corruption allegations, major financial services cases and many of the most involved worldwide asset recovery cases.