Olliers > Manchester, England > Firm Profile
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Olliers > The Legal 500 RankingsOlliers, a criminal defence and regulatory law firm, specialises in the defence of serious general and financial crimes. The firm is recommended for its handling of regulatory issues, sexual offences, asset recovery, insolvency disputes and motor offences. Managing director Matthew Claughton heads the team, recognised for defending allegations of serious crime, fraud, regulatory matters and sexual offences. Matthew Corn deals with complex proceeds of crime confiscation matters and as well as cases involving fraud, drugs importation conspiracies, murder and terrorism. Alex Preston is noted for representing neurodiverse clients, as well as those with psychiatric and learning difficulties.
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Corn; Alex Preston
‘Olliers are simply the best firm of criminal solicitors in the North West.’
‘The strength and breadth of the criminal team at Olliers really stands out from other firms, and reflects their reputation as leaders in criminal work.’
‘Olliers are without question the premier crime and fraud firm in Greater Manchester.’
‘This firm has a particularly able and experienced criminal defence team. Each member has particular and complementary strengths and they work together very effectively.’
‘Matthew Claughton is outstanding. Absolutely dependable and an inspirational leader to his team.’
‘Alex Preston has a keen forensic mind and is excellent at providing clear, strategic and tactical advice to clients with clarity and precision.’
‘Matthew Claughton is the “go-to” solicitor for people who are being investigated in all manner of criminal and fraud offences.’
‘Matthew Corn is excellent in dealing with very serious career criminals facing substantial drug or murder conspiracy charges.’
Olliers > Firm Profile
Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading criminal defence and regulatory law firms. We are based in Manchester with facilities in London and our client base is nationwide. Areas of specialism involve the defence of corporate and financial crime, regulatory offences, serious crime, sexual offences, asset recovery, insolvency disputes, motor offences, inquests and appeals.
We have a particularly strong reputation in the field of ‘crisis management’, frequently receiving instructions during the very early stages of a case, often before an interview has taken place. We understand the stress and anxiety an investigation can cause an individual or a business. We are known for our proactive approach, establishing early dialogue with investigators, keeping publicity and disruption to a minimum whilst looking to bring any investigation to a swift conclusion.
We are four times winners of the Manchester Legal Awards Crime Team of the Year. We are ranked as a Top Tier Crime/Fraud firm in the current editions of The Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide. Our managing director Matthew Claughton has in excess of thirty years experience and is regularly singled out for mention by The Legal 500 and the Chambers.
Criminal defence/regulatory practice areas: We have 14 qualified and highly skilled solicitors working across the sectors below:
Fraud and business crime: We handle a wide range of large scale, complex and often high profile fraud cases. Our team is experienced in dealing with cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC investigations, specialist fraud divisions of the police, and the Financial Conduct Authority. Key contact; Matthew Claughton
Regulatory offences: The firm’s regulatory team represents clients in the following regulatory areas; trading standards, food safety and hygiene, trade marks, fire safety, copyright and design breaches, health and safety, environmental damage and, transport law. Key contact; Matthew Claughton
Insolvency disputes: Our insolvency dispute team deals with all matters that may arise from insolvency, including illegal dividends, wrongful and fraudulent trading, preferences, transactions at undervalue, misfeasance claims, bankruptcy annulments, reuse of company following insolvency and validation orders. Key contact; Stephen Chinnery
Serious crime: Olliers’ reputation for committed and rigorous defence work means that we attract 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. Key contact; Matt Corn
Extradition: We act for individuals abroad facing extradition to the United Kingdom and provide representation for those currently in the UK facing extradition to another country. Key contact; Sharmila Salvi
Internet and cyber crime: Our internet and cyber crime team defends allegations relating to the dark web, distribution of pirated and copyrighted material, hacking and cyber terrorism, identity theft and phishing scams, cyber stalking, revenge porn and indecent images. Key contact; Toby Wilbraham.
Sexual offences: 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 whilst at the investigative stage. His team also deals with allegations involving sexual communication, grooming and images.
Asset recovery: Seven solicitors have expertise in this area, which covers restraint, cash seizures, money laundering and proceeds of crime. Olliers specialists can assist from the point of restraint proceedings prior to charge through to post conviction POCA proceedings. The firm has been instructed in confiscation proceedings with alleged benefit figures running to tens of millions of pounds, with some excellent results. Key contact; Matt Corn
Motoring offences: We have a thriving motoring department. The team specialises in defending allegations of driving with excess alcohol and drug driving with a particular emphasis on technical and procedural irregularities. They also represent those facing the loss of their driving licence as a result of dangerous driving, careless driving, speeding allegations and regularly appear in courts nationwide with applications for exceptional hardship, early return of licence and appeals against DVLA revocation of licence. Key contact; Ruth Peters.
|Managing Director||Matthew Claughtonemail@example.com||0161 827 7010|
|Business Development Director||Ruth Petersfirstname.lastname@example.org||0161 834 1515|
|Commercial Director||Stacey Mabroukemail@example.com||0161 834 1515|
|Pre-Charge/Crown Court||Alex Prestonfirstname.lastname@example.org||0161 834 1515|
|Serious Crime||Matthew Cornemail@example.com||0161 834 1515|
|Head of Pre-Charge||Toby Wilbrahamfirstname.lastname@example.org||0161 834 1515|
|Sexual allegations||Zita Spenceremail@example.com||0161 834 1515|
|Mrs Laura Baumanis||Partner||View Profile|
|Miss Helen Buxton||Helen Buxton joined Olliers Solicitors in 2008 having arrived from JMW solicitors.…||View Profile|
|Matthew James Claughton||Matthew Claughton, criminal defence solicitor Olliers’ Managing Director Matthew Claughton is widely…||View Profile|
|Mr Alex Close-Claughton||Apprentice Solicitor||View Profile|
|Mr Matthew Corn||Solicitor Matthew Corn qualified as a barrister in 1995. He transferred to…||View Profile|
|Miss Lily Grundy||Lily joined Olliers as a trainee solicitor in September 2019. Lily previously…||View Profile|
|Mrs Stacey Mabrouk||Solicitor Stacey Mabrouk joined Olliers in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor…||View Profile|
|Mrs Jane Novas-Morell||Consultant criminal defence solicitor Jane Novas-Morell Jane Novas-Morell is a solicitor with…||View Profile|
|Mrs Ruth Peters||Ruth Peters: Director of Business Development and Marketing Ruth leads the business development…||View Profile|
|David Philpott||David was admitted as a solicitor in January 1992 and has specialised…||View Profile|
|Ms Alex Preston||Alex is a solicitor advocate specialising in serious crime and inquests. She has…||View Profile|
|Mr Toby Wilbraham||Toby is a highly experienced solicitor having worked for Olliers for over…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 9 Number of other UK fee-earners : 20
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