James Claughton, Solicitor

James joined Olliers in September 2020.

James studied Law with Business at the University of Liverpool and then the LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) at BPP University.

James previously worked at DWF and Slater Gordon. James has a particular interest in the investigation stage of criminal cases. He has a growing caseload of cases involving pre charge engagement and regularly makes representations against charge on behalf of clients under investigation. James’ 2019 Masters project was entitled ‘Proposals for increasing pre-charge engagement between the prosecution and the defence’.

James has a particular interest in complex regulatory matters but also enjoys the cut and thrust of general crime. He has gained significant in regulatory and criminal defence law.

James has experience of preparing Crown Court and Magistrates cases and is involved in the preparation of cases for trial.

James is a Police Station Representative and regularly attends police stations to advise clients and represent them during police interview. 

James has experience of working on cases at the investigative pre-charge stage of proceedings and preparing representations against charge.

Case Studies

  • 2022 – Member of a team representing defendant facing allegations of defrauding models in Operation Gilbert – National Trading Standards Team operation – an alleged fraud connected with several model agencies and photography studios. Proceedings currently stayed following successful defence applications.
  • 2022 – Representation of defendants facing allegations of Fraud by abuse of position. Proceedings stayed following successful defence representations.
  • 2022 – Member of a team representing defendant facing allegations of fraud Operation Gilbert – National Trading Standards Team operation. Proceedings currently ongoing.
  • 2022 – Representation of client facing Information Commissioner’s Office investigation into data protection breaches]2022 – Advising overseas crypto currency trader in client in relation to obligations to register with Financial Conduct Authority for the purpose of UK based activity.
  • 2022 – Advising compliance officer regarding HMRC investigation – allegation of being responsible person of company alleged to have been acting as unregistered money service business provider.  No further action taken.
  • 2022 –Representation of a Doctor required to appear at an Interim Orders Tribunal before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and advising throughout the investigation by the General Medical Council.
  • 2022 – Representation of a client referred to a professional conduct hearing by the Teaching Regulation Authority.

Recent cases

  • Engaged in representation of numerous clients seeking discharge or variation of SHPO and SOPO and other ancillary orders.
  • James is experienced in drafting representations DBS minded to bar matters.
  • James has also worked on matters including POCA offences and drugs cases
  • James has also worked with our Insolvency team working on matters involving assisting disputes with Insolvency Practitioners, Commercial Disputes and Bankruptcy disputes.


  • I found Olliers to be outstanding because of their up-to-date, excellent legal skills which resulted in my matter being dealt with swiftly and with minimal stress (i.e. they knew what they were doing, keeping matters as simple and straightforward as possible). I believe that this was achieved by the firm being dynamic and team based, with a blend of experienced solicitors, newly qualified solicitors and trainee solicitors.
  • I was impressed by James Claughton (who transitioned from a trainee solicitor to a fully-fledged solicitor shortly before my matter was concluded) because of his knowledge and his down-to-earth and honest approach – which resulted in a successful outcome. Thank you.

Articles written by James

Contact James – Manchester Office

196 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WF
0161 8341515

Contact James – London Office

Berkeley Suite, 35 Berkeley Square, London
020 3883 6790