Olliers ranked Top Tier firm by Legal 500 2019

Written 30th October 2018 by Olliers Solicitors

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 2019 edition of the Legal 500.

Top Tier law firm – fraud

The Legal 500 comments in relation to fraud: Olliers is an ‘excellent firm’. Key members of the team include the ‘very professional’ Matthew Claughton  who is ‘really comfortable when dealing with high value fraud cases’ and the ‘very competent and experienced’ Alex Preston . Claughton is also a known-name for his substantial experience of advising on restraint orders during the course of complex investigations. The active practice routinely acts for clients facing investigations by various authorities such as the SFO, HMRC and the specialist fraud divisions of the police. It acts for professionals and has also acted for politicians in both Houses of Parliament.

Top Tier law firm – crime

In respect of crime, the Legal 500 goes on to comment: Matthew Claughton specialises in representing high-net-worth individuals in a wide range of criminal offence areas. The team includes the ‘practical’ Stacey Mabrouk, who heads the general Crown Court department and is ‘always mindful of achieving the best outcome for the client’. Mabrouk’s caseload involves allegations of violent assaults, serious sexual offences and drug offences involving possession, production and supply. Alex Preston is also recommended for her work in serious crime and inquests. Clients include solicitors, accountants, doctors and other healthcare professionals in addition to politicians and prison governors. Key work included securing the acquittal of a healthcare professional who faced allegations of sexual assault. The group has also developed niche specialisms in defending serious sexual allegations and in acting for clients with autism. Matthew Corn handles complex proceeds of crime and confiscation matters and has appeared in high-profile cases involving fraud, drugs importation conspiracies and terrorism.

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 guide comments “He is rated as ‘a brilliant tactician, who makes things go away with the minimum of fuss’ and is well regarded for his work in defending allegations of  fraud, serious crime and sexual offences.” Matthew 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 Matthew Corn and Stacey Mabrouk have also been specifically recommended in the Guide  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 defence 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. The firm also has an enviable reputation for acting in serious criminal cases, including homicide, drug conspiracies, sexual offences, firearms, people trafficking and terrorism. In addition Olliers has specialist departments dealing with extradition work, insolvency, director disqualification, heath and safety work, trading standards prosecutions and a thriving motoring department. Its client base is nationwide.

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