Farleys Solicitors LLP

Paul Schofield

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Partner with over 37 years’ experience in criminal defence, specialising in all aspects of serious fraud, business crime, and serious crime. Head of department at Farleys, and awarded Leader in the Field status in Chambers UK Guide for the last 12 years. His department won the Manchester Legal Awards prize for Crime Team of the Year 2015 and has held Leading Firm status in Chambers since 2007. Current large and complex cases include ‘Operation Backbar’ an international revenue fraud and ‘Operation Warbird’ a complex fraud from the education and immigration sectors. Has just secured the acquittal of a Police and Crime Commissioner charged with Data Protection offences. Receives regular referrals of clients from other lawyers, and instructed by other lawyers to defend them.

Professional Memberships

Law Society (included on its anti-Money Laundering Panel); Legal Aid Agency's VHCC Panel, Specialist (formerly Serious) Fraud Panel, Duty Solicitor Schemes; North West Fraud Forum.

Career

Joined Farleys Solicitors in 1977, admitted as a solicitor in 1980, partner since 1982, set up Business Crime & Special Casework Unit in 1999, continues to head the same; founder member of the LSC’s Serious Fraud Panel 2001, HCA since 2006 and recognised in ‘Debretts: People of Today’ since 2007 for ‘services to the legal profession’.