Olliers Ranked Top Tier Firm by Legal 500 2017

Written 11th October 2017 by Ruth Peters

Olliers Solicitors are delighted to announce we have once again been ranked as a Top Tier firm in the North West for both Crime and Fraud in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500.

Top Tier Law Firm – Fraud

The Legal 500 comments in relation to fraud:

“Olliers has an ‘excellent’ fraud practice that is handling a growing privately funded workload in addition to acting in publicly funded matters. Joint practice heads Matthew Claughton and Richard Holliday have defended several significant fraud matters; Claughton’s recent work included acting for the directors of a multi-currency payment processing company in an 18-month criminal investigation, and representing a solicitor in an investigation by the City of London Police relating to alleged money laundering and a complex investor scam. Holliday has extensive experience handling all aspects of commercial fraud and business crime matters; he recently represented a company secretary of an asset financing company who was facing two counts of large-scale conspiracy to defraud banks by way of the fraudulent sale of receivables agreements totalling £160m.”

Top Tier Law Firm – Crime

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

“At Olliers, Richard Holliday is acting for a defendant in a large-scale drugs conspiracy case. He is recommended alongside Matthew Claughton, who specialises in defending sexual offences and secured acquittals in all of his five cases in this area. He is currently representing a defendant facing a 56-count indictment. The ‘clever, tough but sensible’ Alex Preston is representing a high-profile politician being investigated by the police in respect of historical rape allegations. Preston is a ‘defender through and through and provides a ‘private client’ quality of service even in publicly funded cases.”

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. Matthew specialises in defending allegations of fraud, sexual and serious crime. He is often asked to act for clients during the investigation stage of the criminal process and takes a proactive approach in defending such cases. He also has substantial experience of restraint orders within the context of complex investigations.

Two of the firm’s other lawyers have also been specifically recommended in the Guide. Richard Holliday is recommended for both crime and fraud and Alex Preston is listed as a “next generation lawyer” for crime.

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 continuing our success of previous years.”

Criminal Law Firm

Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading criminal law firms. Based in Manchester and London, 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 2017 Manchester Legal Awards Crime Team of the Year.

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