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Olliers, Matthew James Claughton, Manchester, ENGLAND

Matthew James Claughton

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Managing partner.


Managing Director with overall responsibility for business development, planning, financial management and marketing. 

Matthew specialises in defending allegations of serious crime, fraud and sexual offences. He is frequently asked to act for clients during the investigation stage of the criminal process, involving methodical preparation for interviews under caution and robust but sensitive liaison with investigating authorities. He is regularly involved in preparing representations against charge as discussed here within the context of sexual offences. Sexual Offences - why this lawyer recommends proactive defence.

Matthew is the Modern Law Awards Lawyer of the Year 2015 and won Partner of the Year at the 2015 Manchester Legal Awards.

Recent Cases

  • 2016 - Manchester Crown Court - acquittal of retired teacher facing historic rape allegations, maintaining 100% acquittal rate in sexual offence allegations since 2014.
  • 2016 - Manchester Crown Court - acquittal of Doctor facing multiple counts of marital rape.
  • 2015 - Operation Kiso, acquittal of Malcolm Layfield former Head of Strings at Royal Northern College of Music facing rape allegation made by former student of Chethams Music College Manchester. Read More
  • 2015 - Carlisle Crown Court, acts for Kendal Solicitor facing 22 counts of fraud. Read More
  • 2015 - Representation of Greater Manchester solicitor charged with £600,000 fraud. Read More
  • 2014 - Acted for former Managing Director of Leeds United Football Club in relation to allegations of misappropriation of clubs funds. Read More
  • 2014 - Representation of suspect facing allegations of historic marital rape.  Exhaustive investigation of domestic circumstances dating meant that allegations could be rebutted and suspect faced no further action.
  • 2014 - Leeds Crown Court, acquittal of IT consultant facing NHS Fraud.
  • 2014 - Representation of detention officers following death in custody at Harmondsworth Detention Centre Heathrow.
  • 2013 - SFO investigation into alleged £1.6 million plot to defraud the Skills Funding Agency via football coaching apprenticeships. Read More
  • 2013 - Representation of estate agent facing date rape allegations. Pre-charge research of Facebook, iTunes and witness testimony was presented to the Police and suspect faced no charges.
  • 2012 R –v– B Croydon Crown Court, Operation Puffin, acted for Director of potato company facing bribery allegations involving Sainsburys supermarket. Read More
  • 2012 - Representation of Prison Governor during police investigation following cell suicide at Merseyside prison (no charges brought).
  • 2012 R –v– C Manchester Crown Court, Operation Walrus, acting for defendant in 13 Count, multi million pound money laundering case.
  • 2012 R –v– B Manchester Crown Court, Operation Dumpcart, instructed in a 17 handed multi million pound conspiracy to cheat HMRC.
  • 2011 R –v– S York Crown Court Operation Quicksilver, instructed by accountant alleged to have conspired to defraud HMRC.
  • 2011 R –v– J Manchester Crown Court, representation of financial advisor facing allegation of conspiracy to commit fraud during the course of buy to let business.
  • 2011 R –v– B Mold Crown Court, instructed by charity co-ordinator facing allegations of misappropriation of funds received from Welsh Government Assembly. Read More
  • 2011 R –v– C Southwark Crown Court, representation of solicitor accused of defrauding Building Society of £500,000.
  • 2011 SFO –v– L, representation of Director facing SFO investigation into collapse of Lexi Holdings, with alleged bank debts of £75 million. Read More
  • 2011 R –v– M Teesside Crown Court, representation of defendant acquitted following complex money laundering trial.
  • Solicitor for John Cannan, regarded by police as 'Mr Kipper' the man responsible for the disappearance and murder of London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986. Read More


Trained Ollier Wilner & Jones; qualified 1990; partner Olliers 1991.


Law Society; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; Criminal Law Solicitors Association.


Manchester Metropolitan University (1985 LLB).


Family, Manchester United, squash.

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