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Paul Schofield

Farleys Solicitors LLP - Manchester

  • Suite 1C
  • 1 North Parade, Parsomale Gardens
  • Manchester, Lancashire, UK
  • M3 2NH

Practice Areas

Partner with over 34 years experience in criminal defence, specialising in all aspects of serious fraud, regulatory and disciplinary matters, and serious and complex crime. Has defended many other professionals, often recommended by their union. Relishes involvement from the very outset, and delivers sustained personal attention to conclusion. Recent successes include acquittals in a £200m international money laundering case; two very large mortgage frauds; two further separate mortgage frauds with solicitor clients; and a waste disposal case described as 'the largest of its kind'. Current cases include 'Operation Elveden' involving a co-defendant of Rebekah Brooks; 'Operation Chainmail' a British Film Industry tax fraud'; 'Operation Cactus Hent' a large pension tax fraud; serious drugs importations; and several solicitors in various proceedings. Mainly instructed by reputation and upon recommendation from other lawyers; has developed a truly national practice.

Professional Memberships

Law Society (including a place on its Money Laundering Panel); Legal Services Commission's VHCC Panel, Specialist (formerly Serious) Fraud Panel, Appeal Committees, Duty Solicitor Schemes; North West Fraud Forum; Criminal Law Solicitors Association; Solicitors Assistance Scheme.


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.