Olliers is firmly established as one of the UK’s leading criminal defence and regulatory law firms, specialising in the defence of individuals, businesses, and other organisations across a broad range of corporate and financial crime, regulatory offences, serious crime, sexual offences, asset recovery, insolvency disputes, motor offences, inquests, public inquires and appeals.
Each year we act for many hundreds of clients around the UK who are faced with an investigation that could lead to charges, or who have already been charged with an offence.
We are ranked as a “Top Tier” defence & regulatory firm by both of the authoritative guides to the legal profession, namely the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide. We are a Times Best Law Firm 2022. In 2022 we won the Manchester Legal Awards Small Firm of the Year and were ‘Highly Commended’ at the Modern Law Awards in the Boutique Law Firm category.
In 2021, we won the award for Crime Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards – for the fifth time. We were also crowned Law Firm of the Year and our Managing Director, Matthew Claughton, was recognised as Law Firm Partner of the Year. In the same ceremony, fellow director Ruth Peters was recognised as Solicitor of the Year 2021.
We have been a leading firm in this sector for decades. We have over 20 criminal lawyers. All are defence specialists. More than that though, each has a sub-specialism within criminal defence work. This means we can match every client with the best lawyer for their case. We are here to get you the result you want – and our results speak for themselves.
We’re lethal in court – but our aim is to avoid court altogether. Very often our cases never get to court. We understand the stress and anxiety of someone being charged. That’s why our focus is not on going through the process and just “rolling with it” but rather is on actually avoiding charges being brought in the first place. The earlier we get involved in the case the greater the chances of getting the case dealt with pre-charge.
You’re not a case. You’re a person facing a very serious situation. We treat every client as an individual and when the might of the state is bearing down on someone, we’re there for you from the very first phone call. Our experts are as approachable and friendly as they are expert and experienced – they take the time to thoroughly understand each and every situation and to apply this insight to deliver a truly personal service.
At Olliers, we deliver a first-class service – every lawyer, every time. It really is as simple as that. The whole Olliers team designed our Service Pledge. You’ll quickly see from it that we put ourselves in your shoes as we work in the ways you want, to get you the result you need. It’s more than just words. We work as a team to deliver on it.
We operate a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week defence response team. The police and other investigatory bodies do not operate on a 9-5 basis and neither do we. We are always available when you need us.
Every member of the Olliers team undergoes initial and ongoing training and development in technical legal aspects and in doing things the Olliers “way” within the Olliers Academy. This, combined with our internal wellness and well-being programme, and our career path and the things it rewards, mean that our team is great, they stay with us, and they are getting better all the time.