Mike Rainford


Mike Rainford

Partner Manchester Business Crime & Regulation

Mike Rainford has specialised in serious crime, fraud and regulatory cases for over 35 years. He has dealt successfully with a number of high profile cases. His expertise is wide ranging and includes cases involving:-

Mike’s regulatory experience encompasses the following areas:-

Chambers and Partners 2016 said of Mike “that he regularly acts in major investigations led by leading enforcement agencies including HMRC, BIS, SFO and FCA. He specialises in a number of areas including tax fraud, commercial fraud and POCA related work”.


Mike is a member of the Law Society’s national panel advising on money laundering issues, he gives advice to solicitors all over the country on a regular basis.

Mike has had high rights of audience in the crown courts since 2000. Mike is a member of the Private Prosecutors Association. ​​​​

Notable cases

Mike’s career is a wealth of outstanding results.

R –v- Vance Miller (Manchester Crown Court) – UK’s largest ever Trading Standards prosecution. Case dismissed.

R –v- London City Bond (Southwark Crown Court) – largest ever evasion of duty in the UK amounting to over £2 billion pounds. Case dismissed.

R –v- L & P (Birmingham Crown Court) – pension fraud (first of its kind involving pension regulator). Case dismissed.

R –v- M (Liverpool Crown Court) – 12 month multi million pound fraud case involving nursing home for wealthy residents. Not guilty verdict.

R –v- JH (Birmingham Crown Court) – HMRC tax evasion of over £300 million pounds. Case dismissed. 


Mike 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 when he was dubbed the silver fox.


Mike has a robust, no nonsense style that has enhanced his reputation and attracted wide spread 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. 

J. H, Manchester – ‘you are by far the best lawyer in the country. Thank you for everything’.

Mrs M, Liverpool – ‘this was the worst time in my life. Without you I would not have survived and would have given up’.

Mr L, Manchester – ‘unbelievable result which after three years I never thought was achievable’.

Mr P, Manchester – ‘you were a calming influence through a very difficult time. Thank you’.

Listed in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500

Most recently listed as a recommended lawyer. Mike was described in the Legal 500 as "the go-to solicitor for the major fraud and crime clients in the north-west." 

Mike’s comments

It may be a cliché but I will always go that extra mile for my clients. I am always ready to listen and recognise how traumatic criminal proceedings can be and therefore why you must always be available.

Mike can be seen discussing various legal matters on JMW's Inside Man:

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