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Senior Director: Matthew Claughton
Number of directors: 1
Number of Assistant solicitors: 19
Number of other fee-earners: 7

Crime: 100%

Matthew Claughton

THE FIRM Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading criminal defence and regulatory law firms. Based in Manchester and London, they specialise in defending allegations of corporate and financial crime, regulatory offences and serious crime. Its client base is nationwide.
The firm has 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. Olliers is known for its proactive approach during an investigation, establishing early dialogue with investigators, keeping publicity and disruption to a minimum whilst looking to bring any criminal investigation to a swift conclusion.

Fraud & Business Crime: Olliers handles a wide range of large scale, complex and often high profile fraud cases. The practice is highly experienced in dealing with cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC investigations, specialist fraud divisions of the police, or the Financial Conduct Authority. The firm is regularly asked to act for clients during the investigation stage of criminal process, involving methodical preparation of interviews under caution and interviews under section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987. The practice is frequently successful in making representations against charge as a result of robust but sensitive liaison with investigating authorities.
Key Contact: Matthew Claughton

Regulatory Offences: The firm’s regulatory team headed by Toby Wilbraham who represents clients in the following regulatory areas: food safety and hygiene, trade marks, fire safety, copyright and design breaches, health and safety, environmental damage, transport law.
Key Contact: Matthew Claughton, Toby Wilbraham

Insolvency Disputes: Olliers insolvency dispute team deals with all matters that may arise from insolvency, including illegal dividends, wrongful and fraudulent trading, preferences, transactions at under value, misfeasance claims, bankruptcy annulments, re-use of company following insolvency and validation orders.
Key Contact:
Stephen Chinnery

Serious Crime: The firm’s reputation for committed and rigorous defence work means that Olliers attracts an enviable volume of heavyweight criminal work. The firm’s 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 modern slavery, 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: Olliers acts 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 & Cyber Crime: The 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: 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 whilst at the investigative stage. His team deals also deals with allegations involving sexual communication, grooming and images.
Key Contact: Matthew Claughton

Asset Recovery: Seven solicitors have expertise in this area, which covers restraint, cash seizures, money laundering and proceeds of crime. 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: Olliers has 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. The team also represents those facing the loss of their driving licence as a result of dangerous driving, careless driving and 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