Mike Rainford


Mike Rainford

Partner Manchester Business Crime and Regulation

Mike Rainford has specialised in serious crime, fraud and regulatory law for over 35 years. He has dealt successfully with a number of high profile cases.

His expertise are wide ranging and include cases involving:

  • Company fraud
  • Carousel fraud
  • Boiler room fraud
  • Investment share dealing
  • Taxation fraud.

Mike’s Regulatory experience also encompasses many areas including Trading Standards, environmental, health and safety, tax investigation, business innovation and skills investigations, insolvency service investigations, FCA investigations re banks, accountants and IFAs, cyber crime including theft of intellectual property and hacking.

Chambers and Partners 2016 say Mike "regularly acts in major investigations led by leading enforcement agencies including the BIS, CBI and FCA. He specialises in a number of areas including tax fraud, commercial fraud and POCA related work."


Mike is a member of law society’s national panel advising on money laundering issues. He gives advice to solicitors all over the country on a regular basis.

Mike also has had higher rights of audience in the Crown Court since 2000.

Mike is a member of the Private Prosecutors’ Association.

Notable cases:

His career is a wealth of outstanding results including acquittals in the Vance Miller case which is still the UK’s largest ever Trading Standards prosecution. He was also involved in the London City Bond case which is the largest ever evasion of duty in the UK amounting to over £2 billion.

Mike has significant experience in relation to inquest work and recently acted for three interested parties who were involved in the Hillsborough inquest.

Mike has a robust no nonsense style that has enhanced his reputation and attracted widespread commendation from his clients, peers, the judiciary and agencies he comes up against on a daily basis. He leaves no stone unturned and is fearless and uncompromising in pursuit of justice for his clients.

He is very comfortable in dealing with the press on high profile cases and has appeared on TV and radio on many occasions, including a recent BBC documentary he was “dubbed the silver fox”.

Listed in Chambers and Legal 500. Most recently listed as a 'recommended lawyer' Mike was described as 'ferocious, straight-talking and super-wise'. He is a lawyer you would always want on your team.

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