Leading sexual offence solicitors in London & Manchester
Olliers has substantial experience in defending sexual allegations ranging from rape to sexual assault, allegations of historical abuse, grooming offences, cases involving images. We frequently represent professionals such as those involved in education, the medical profession, care workers as well as acting in cases of alleged marital or so called date rape. A number of our lawyers advise in trafficking cases and those involving prostitution.
Individuals facing allegations of a sexual nature are often of impeccable character, with no previous experience of the criminal justice system. Being arrested for the first time is a harrowing experience made worse when the allegation is a sexual one. Reputations, relationships and careers are on the line.
Pro-active defence – sexual offence allegations
It is essential to seek expert advice immediately, because much can be done pre-charge. Matthew Claughton has considerable experience of dealing with cases at the investigation stage and his proactive approach is often effective in persuading the police not to charge as discussed here Sexual Offences – why this lawyer recommends proactive defence.
If a client has been charged, we continue to challenge the prosecution, where necessary reminding them of their ongoing duty to consider the strength of their case. They must keep under review the issue of whether there remains a realistic prospect of a conviction. As a case develops it may become weaker and it may be possible for us to draw to the Crown’s attention shortcomings in their case thereby bringing the prosecution to an end prior to trial. This is a delicate area but something that we will always consider.
Matthew Claughton – specialist sexual offences lawyer
Matthew has acted in a number of high profile cases over recent years. In the last 12 months Crown Court acquittals have included violinist Malcolm Layfield, former Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music who was acquitted of an historic rape allegations, the acquittal of a teacher facing historic sex allegations dating back to the 1980’s and an IT specialist facing sexual assault allegations.
Alex Preston has huge experience of defending sexual allegations. Alex had 2016 Court of Appeal success in relation to a man convicted in 2014 of an offence of rape dating back to the 1980’s. She has most recently acted for Labour MP Simon Danczuk who faced no further action following police investigation into two separate allegations of historic rape. Alex has acted in numerous cases involving indecent images.
Specialist rape and sexual assault solicitors
If you are facing an allegation involving any kind of sexual offence please contact Matthew Claughton directly on 0161 827 7010 or contact any of the team below.
We have offices in both London and Manchester and our representation is nationwide. We are ranked as a Top Tier criminal firm in the current editions of both the Legal 500 and the Chambers Directory.