Key Members of the Opus Team


Ben Jonesben-jones

Director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors Ltd and founding member of Opus Law. VHCC Case Manager.  Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2017. Legal 500 describes Ben as an “influential rainmaker”,  “extremely talented” and  ‘very hard working and dedicated, leaving no stone unturned ’. Ben has over 23 years’ experience and specialises in the most Complex Fraud cases and serious crime matters. He has appeared in the largest cases prosecuted in this country with impressive results. Also renowned for his work in the sports law field representing professional football clubs and players in FA appeals and FIFA and CAS matters. He has defended a number of high profile sports men and individuals throughout the country in relation to matters of immense public interest.

Tel: 0845 200 3219 or 07939 593769


Sarah Battysarah-batty

Director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors Limited and founding member of Opus Law. VHCC Case Manager.  Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2017. Legal 500 describes how Sarah co-leads our “very strong team” and “niche” practice and praises her  ‘attention to detail in large cases’ .  Sarah has over 19 years experience defending all areas of crime, specialising in serious and complex crime. Sarah has defended the most complex and serious of cases throughout the country. A dedicated fraud lawyer whose client care is exceptional. Her meticulous forensic approach is often noted by clients and counsel alike.

Tel: 0845 200 3219


Philip Sweeneyphilip-sweeney

Consultant and former Partner at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors and founding member of Opus Law.

Tel: 0845 200 3219


David GoldenDavid Golden

David Golden has been qualified since the 1980’s. One of the most respected fraud solicitors in the country. He has specialised in the conduct of the defence of complex fraud and serious criminal cases throughout his career. He holds a Higher Courts (All Courts) Qualification which enables him to act as counsel in all cases, most recently in a high profile fraud matter and an allegation of murder. David also regularly acts for professionals in relation to all regulatory matters. David obtains spectacular results before the General Medical Council, as well as other professional tribunals. He has a formidable reputation as a thoughtful and considered advocate.

Tel: 0845 200 3219


Mohammad Asifmohammad-asif

Asif is a pro-active and highly competitive complex crime and regulatory solicitor with a track record of winning cases by relentlessly pursuing and exploiting the flaws in the case against his client.  Asif has defended the most complex and serious of cases including one of the largest VAT frauds ever to be prosecuted (Operation Inertia) by HMRC.

Asif is also frequently instructed to defend regulatory investigations/prosecutions conducted by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Health and Safety Executive, the Environmental Agency, the Fire Safety Authority and Trading Standards. Asif prides himself on his attention to detail in the preparation of cases which has been praised by Counsel and clients alike.

Tel: 0845 200 3219 and 07977 078285


Philip PriestleyPhilip Priestley

Philip began his legal career in 1987 and has specialized in criminal law with cases ranging from theft and burglary through to murder, drugs and fraud. He has managed very high cost cases and large case loads, representing clients across the UK. His notable cases include R v Sullivan, Gibbs and Elener [2005] 1 Cr App R 3.

Tel: 0845 200 3219

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