Mike Rainford

Partner

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”.

Memberships

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. 

Media

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.

Testimonials

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 as ferocious, straight talking and super wise. He is a lawyer who you would always want on your team.

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.

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