Olliers > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 1

As a 'tight-knit and skilled' specialist defendant crime firm, Olliers is noted for 'responsively and diligently' handling serious fraud allegations, with core pillars of the department including pension and investment fraud mandates. Other key areas of work include money laundering issues, NCA and HMRC investigations and proceeds of crime confiscation matters. Practice head Matthew Claughton specialises in allegations of serious fraud and regulatory issues; he regularly acts for clients in investigations, and has a strong reputation in crisis management work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Claughton


‘The team is a tight knit and skilled one.’

‘Matthew Claughton has an excellent practice, with a significant degree of private work.’

‘As a firm, Olliers has earned its richly deserved reputation for success. The firm shows real strategic acumen, often changing the outcome of a prosecution and even, in many cases, avoiding prosecution altogether, by identifying the weaknesses in a prosecution through a process of careful analysis.’

‘Olliers are the best all round criminal firm in Manchester. It is such a tight knit outfit that it is like dealing with a family. They have strengths across the spectrum of criminal offences. In fraud matters I have known Olliers to be involved with the leading cases on circuit and beyond. They have a national presence and the reason that they are able to compete with the usual firms in this area is down to the significant experience they have gathered over many years.’

‘Matthew Claughton is top class for any financial crime requirement. When you instruct him you are assured of the very best service and the very best result.’

‘An excellent regional firm handling complex, sensitive, high profile work responsively and diligently – you know you’re in excellent hands with this team.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Olliers handles a broad range of complex crime cases spanning terrorism charges, historic sex offences and manslaughter by gross negligence claims; the team also advises on issues involving drugs and firearms. The ‘super bright’ Matthew Claughton leads the practice and advises on crisis management issues and investigations. ‘Exceptionally good communicator and strategic thinker’ Alex Preston ‘gets incredible results‘ when representing clients with psychiatric or learning difficulties.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Claughton

Other key lawyers:

Alex Preston; Matthew Corn


‘Olliers are without doubt the most proactive firm of solicitors I work with.’

‘They are very analytical and tactical in the way they approach every case; their experience absolutely shines out in this regard.’

‘Alex Preston has extensive experience of complex criminal cases often involving autism spectrum disorders. She is very intelligent, experienced, thorough, assertive and persistent. Without question, she is my first choice of solicitor for cases of such complexity. She gets incredible results consequent to her experience and complete dedication.’

‘Alex Preston is an exceptionally good communicator and strategic thinker.’

‘Olliers provide a stellar service in all areas of crime, showing particular strength in private crime. The team are always available, approachable and seek winning solutions to even the most comprehensive legal problems.’

‘Matt Claughton – managing partner, the go-to solicitor for private crime. Impeccable acquittal rate, straight talking but super bright.’

‘Olliers are widely regarded as a leading presence in criminal litigation. For the lay client, instructing Olliers provides an immediate and often decisive edge. Their team offers specialist advice in all areas of criminal work. Matthew Claughton’s ambitious plans for expansion into high-profile private client work have proved highly successful.’

‘Fantastic client management skills and they really fight every case to the maximum of their ability.’

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 Claughtonmt=atthewclaughton@olliers.com0161 827 7010
Head of Magistrates' Department David Philpottdavidphilpott@olliers.com0161 834 1515
Serious Crime Matthew Cornmatthewcorn@olliers.com0161 834 1515
Motoring Department Ruth Petersruthpeters@olliers.com0161 834 1515
Serious Crime Alex Prestonalexpreston@olliers.com0161 834 1515
Crown Court Department Stacey Mabroukstaceymabrouk@olliers.com0161 834 1515
Serious Crime Zita Spencerzitaspencer@olliers.com0161 834 1515
David Abbott  photo David Abbott David Abbott, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Wellness David joined Olliers Solicitors…
Mrs Laura Baumanis  photo Mrs Laura Baumanis Solicitor
Miss Helen Buxton  photo Miss Helen Buxton Helen Buxton joined Olliers Solicitors in 2008 having arrived from JMW solicitors.…
Matthew James Claughton  photo Matthew James Claughton Olliers’ Managing Director Matthew Claughton is widely regarded as having steered the…
Mr Alex Close-Claughton  photo Mr Alex Close-Claughton Apprentice Solicitor
Mr Matthew Corn  photo Mr Matthew Corn Solicitor Matthew Corn qualified as a barrister in 1995. He transferred to…
Miss Lily Grundy  photo Miss Lily Grundy Lily joined Olliers as a trainee solicitor in September 2019. Lily previously…
Mrs Stacey Mabrouk  photo Mrs Stacey Mabrouk Solicitor Stacey Mabrouk joined Olliers in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor…
Mrs Jane Novas-Morell  photo Mrs Jane Novas-Morell Experienced solicitor and higher court advocate who qualified in 1996. Undertakes police…
Mrs Ruth Peters  photo Mrs Ruth Peters Ruth Peters: Director of Business Development and Marketing  Business development Ruth leads the…
David Philpott  photo David Philpott David was admitted as a solicitor in January 1992 and has specialised…
Ms Alex Preston  photo Ms Alex Preston Alex is a solicitor advocate specialising in serious crime and inquests. She has…
Mr Toby Wilbraham  photo Mr Toby Wilbraham Toby is a highly experienced solicitor having been at Olliers for in excess of 20…
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Number of other UK fee-earners : 20