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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 1

Olliers, 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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Claughton

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.’

Work highlights

    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 Claughtonmatthewclaughton@olliers.com0161 827 7010
    Business Development Director Ruth Petersruthpeters@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Commercial Director Stacey Mabroukstaceymabrouk@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Pre-Charge/Crown Court Alex Prestonalexpreston@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Serious Crime Matthew Cornmatthewcorn@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Head of Pre-Charge Toby Wilbrahamtobywilbraham@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Sexual allegations Zita Spencerzitaspencer@olliers.com0161 834 1515
    Laura Baumanis photoMrs Laura BaumanisPartner
    Helen Buxton photoMiss Helen BuxtonHelen Buxton joined Olliers Solicitors in 2008 having arrived from JMW solicitors.…
    Matthew James Claughton photo Matthew James ClaughtonMatthew Claughton, criminal defence solicitor Olliers’ Managing Director Matthew Claughton is widely…
    Alex Close-Claughton photoMr Alex Close-ClaughtonApprentice Solicitor
    Matthew Corn photoMr Matthew CornSolicitor Matthew Corn qualified as a barrister in 1995. He transferred to…
    Lily Grundy photoMiss Lily GrundyLily joined Olliers as a trainee solicitor in September 2019. Lily previously…
    Stacey Mabrouk photoMrs Stacey MabroukSolicitor Stacey Mabrouk joined Olliers in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor…
    Jane Novas-Morell photoMrs Jane Novas-MorellConsultant criminal defence solicitor Jane Novas-Morell Jane Novas-Morell is a solicitor with…
    Ruth Peters photoMrs Ruth PetersRuth Peters: Director of Business Development and Marketing  Ruth leads the business development…
    David Philpott photo David PhilpottDavid was admitted as a solicitor in January 1992 and has specialised…
    Alex Preston photoMs Alex PrestonAlex is a solicitor advocate specialising in serious crime and inquests. She has…
    Toby Wilbraham photoMr Toby WilbrahamToby is a highly experienced solicitor having worked for Olliers for over…
    Number of UK partners : 9
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 20