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Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK's leading criminal law firms. Based in Manchester and London the firm specialises in defending allegations of commercial fraud, white-collar crime, tax fraud, business crime and asset recovery. The firm also has an enviable reputation for acting in serious criminal cases, including homicide, drug conspiracies, sexual offences, firearms, people trafficking and terrorism. In addition Olliers has specialist departments dealing with extradition work, insolvency, director disqualification, heath and safety work, trading standards prosecutions and a thriving motoring department. Its client base is nationwide.

Olliers is the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards Crime Team of the Year and the Modern Law Awards Crime Team of the Year 2016.

The firm: There are four directors and 20 solicitors based at the Manchester office together with solicitors based in London and other major cities dealing with the full range of criminal matters.

Types of work undertaken: Olliers handles a wide range of large-scale complex and often high-profile fraud and criminal cases. The practice is highly experienced in dealing with cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC Investigations, specialist fraud divisions of the police, the Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards.

Business crime: Matthew Claughton and Richard Holliday have acted in numerous cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and defend allegations of fraud against large institutions, charities, the NHS and local authorities. They represent solicitors, accountants and other professionals facing investigation. Nationally few solicitors can match Richard Holliday's experience in major HMRC prosecutions and he has acted in most of the major operations instigated since the millennium.

Both are frequently asked to act for clients during the investigation stage of criminal proceedings, involving methodical preparation for interviews under caution and robust but sensitive liaison with investigating authorities. They are frequently involved in making representations against charge and both specialise in representing clients facing complex restraint orders. Director Richard Holliday recently acted for a company secretary facing allegations of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to make corrupt payments. The case involved an alleged fraud of around ÂŁ180m on a Belgian bank by way of falsification of receivable agreements sold on. The defendant was acquitted following a six-month trial.

Serious crime: the firm's reputation means that Olliers attracts an enviable volume of heavyweight criminal work. The serious crime specialists have experience in the full range of criminal cases including gangland murders, multi-handed drugs conspiracies, firearms offences, terrorism allegations, people smuggling and a wide range of cases involving undercover operations. The serious crime team has considerable experience of dealing with prosecutions brought by agencies such as the CPS Complex Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency. They are highly experienced in dealing with such cases and employ a robust and pro active approach to defence work. Matt Corn is a highly regarded serious crime litigator, with a caseload of some of the region’s most serious and complex criminal cases, including allegations of gangland murder and complex drugs conspiracies.

Director Max Saffman heads a team of seven Higher Court advocates who appear regularly in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Fellow director David Philpott is perhaps the busiest and most highly regarded advocate at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court.

Sexual offences: director Matthew Claughton heads the team dealing with serious sexual offences and has had notable success during recent years with a particular emphasis on historic rape and sexual assault allegations. Matthew has developed an enviable reputation in proactively defending sexual allegations while at the investigative stage.

Asset recovery: Matt Corn is the firm's lead contact for asset recovery. Seven solicitors have expertise in this area.

During recent years the firm has taken instructions from the Howard League, The Football League Management Association, private prison operators G4S, GEOAmy, MITIE, the Prison Governors Association and the National Autistic Society. Olliers provides training to a number of police forces on PACE interview techniques.

Throughout 2017 Olliers plans to focus on its core specialist areas of fraud and serious crime.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 22
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Crime: 100

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