Swati Soni

Swati Soni is an Associate in the Litigation Practice in our DIFC office in Dubai. Fluent in English, Hindi and Panjabi, her expertise includes white collar crimes, bank frauds, bounced cheques, prevention of money laundering, criminal defamation, matrimonial disputes (both criminal and civil) property disputes and insolvency.

Prior to joining BSA, Swati worked with a private litigation practice in New Delhi for three years. There she focused on the Coal Block Allocation case relating to public corruption and the alleged fraudulent allotment of coal blocks to private companies.

Swati holds an LL.B. (Hons.) from GGSIP University in New Delhi, India.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

As one of the leading regional law firms in the Middle East, we recognise our responsibility to our clients, members of the firm and the wider communities in which we live and work.

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP are focused on being environmentally and socially responsible by supporting the missions of charitable organisations. To assist in supporting access to justice and opportunities, a number of our lawyers provide free legal services by way of pro bono work. We are proud to be an active member of the DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Programme.

Our recent CSR initiatives include:

  • Sponsoring the Emirates Fine Arts Society on their 34th Annual Exhibition;
  • Visit to the Dubai Autism Center, for more details, click here;
  • Student lecture at the American University in Dubai (AUD) covering the essential aspects of UAE law, for more details, click here;
  • With JAFZA, empowering Emiratisation under the Tumoohi Project, for more details, click here;
  • Presenting at the Career and Study Fair at Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé – Dubai;
  • Hosting a one-day Legal Clinic where our lawyers gave free legal advice to the public at the Dubai Land Department, for more details, click here; and
  • Pro-bono services: Opted-in for DLAD’s Smart Platform for Pro-bono services offering voluntary legal services to members of the public.

Previous donations include:

  • Philippines Red Cross, in support of Yolanda relief efforts
  • Cambodia Children’s Fund
  • Dubai Cares – we support Dubai Cares walk for education, held at Dubai Creek Park in February 2015
  • Children Cancer Center

Rob Rode

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

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.

Firm Overview:

Sources regard the criminal law team as a “key player in the Leeds market”. 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.” (Chambers UK 2011)

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.

We 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.

The team uses its immense experience of investigations and prosecutions to advise personal and commercial clients in a tactically astute matter. Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.