Olliers Ranked Top Tier Firm by Legal 500 2016

Written 14th September 2016 by Ruth Peters

Olliers Solicitors are delighted to announce we have been ranked as a Top Tier firm in the North West for both Crime and Fraud in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500, one of only two firms in the North West to be listed as Top Tier for both Fraud and Crime.

Top Tier Law Firm – Fraud

The Legal 500 comments in relation to fraud:

“Olliers’ ‘excellent and well-respected’ team includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Matthew Claughton, who acted for a Manchester solicitor charged with 14 counts of fraud relating to allegations of theft of client funds. Richard Holliday is defending a company secretary in a £150m fraud case being prosecuted by the SFO.”

Top Tier Law Firm – Crime

In respect of crime, the Legal 500 goes on to comment:

“At Olliers, Richard Holliday defended a client against five counts of carrying out acts preparatory to terrorism. Matthew Claughton and the ‘very experienced and competent’ Alex Preston are recommended.”

Matthew Claughton – Leading Criminal Defence Lawyer

Our Managing Director Matthew Claughton has been listed as a Leading Individual for both Crime and Fraud in the guide to outstanding lawyers, the only lawyer in the North West to be ranked Leading Individual for both areas. This comes during an extremely successful year for Matthew who is the Modern Law Awards Lawyer of the Year 2015. Matthew specialises in defending allegations of fraud, sexual and serious crime. He also has substantial experience of restraint orders within the context of complex criminal investigations.

Two of the firm’s other lawyers have also been specifically recommended in the Guide as Crime Lawyers, these being Richard Holliday and Alex Preston with Richard also being recommended for fraud.

Matthew Claughton, Managing Director of Olliers, commented:

“I am delighted that Olliers has once again been ranked as a Top Tier firm in the Legal 500. 2015 was a fabulous year for the firm. 2016 looks just as exciting.”

Criminal Law Firm

Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading criminal law firms. Based in Manchester with additional facilities in Mayfair, the firm specialises in defending allegations of commercial fraud, white-collar crime, tax fraud, business crime and asset recovery. Olliers also has an enviable reputation for acting in serious criminal cases including murder, drug conspiracies, sexual offences, firearms, people trafficking and terrorism. Olliers is the 2016 Manchester Legal Awards Crime Team of the Year. We have four directors and 20 solicitors at our Manchester office, together with consultants based in London and other major cities, dealing with the full spectrum of criminal offences.

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