JMW Solicitors LLP

Michael Rainford

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With over 30 years experience, is head of the firm's business crime, fraud and regulatory team and has been involved in numerous, substantial and high profile cases of commercial fraud, money laundering, proceeds of crime and trading standards including the largest ever fraud against HMRC, a London City bond case with an estimated evasion of £2 billion plus the largest ever trading standards prosecution in the UK. In addition, handles high-value cases of VAT and Tax fraud and also complicated investigations by the Companies Bureau of Investigation, The Department for Business Innovation and the Pensions Regulator. His uncompromising and tenacious approach was highlighted in a BBC documentary which lead to the title 'The Silver Fox'.


Admitted 1981, partner Betesh Fox (later Ralli) until 2006. Appointed partner Burton Copeland 2007. Holds Rights of Audience in Higher Courts.

Professional Memberships

The Law Society, Law Society Money Laundering Panel.


Born 1957, married and lives in Woodford, Cheshire. Interests include football, travel and extreme hiking.