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Paul Haycock

Associate Director


Paul is head of the northern Regulatory and Criminal Investigations group.

In nearly 30 years, Paul has acquired a wealth of experience conducting high profile, sensitive and serious cases. His skill set has been developed over many years dealing with the full range of criminal law matters and the broadest spectrum of clients. Many of his cases have been high profile and reported. Over the last decade, Paul has focused on corporate crime, cartel offences, corruption, regulation and compliance and on related civil matters.

Paul has acted for individuals, public figures, companies and other organisations. He is increasingly being sought out to assist in either conducting internal inquiries or to protect the interests of corporate clients who are subject to such inquiries from regulatory or prosecuting authorities.

He has a proven track record in avoiding or defending prosecutions by all the leading authorities (including SFO, OFT, FCA, CPS, HMRC and HSE). Commercially aware, Paul receives increasing instructions in matters where there is a criminal and civil law overlap.

Recent highlights:

  • Conducted internal corporate investigation into civil fraud, health and safety and an assessment of a multi-million pound commercial dispute.
  • Successfully resisted the first of a series of extradition requests from Dubai.
  • Defended in a Trading Standards cross-border advanced fee fraud.
  • Defended in an SFO prosecution for fraudulent trading and asset stripping.
  • Defended a number of SFO prosecutions for advanced fee and boiler room frauds.
  • Instructed in an FCA prosecution for collective investment schemes.

Market view:

Paul is "experienced, commercial and very sensible" and has "vast experience of defending financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations" - Legal 500 2016

Sources say he is "very conscious of his clients' needs" and praise his "bullish" approach. - Chambers & Partners 2015

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 16/07/2019
    Three Sarclad Execs Acquitted In £17m DPA Case

    “Post Tesco, this verdict now fundamentally brings into question the DPA process and order of proceedings, where the DPA process has proceeded with the prosecution of individuals after the company has completed its DPA which is contrary to the identification principle that a company's liability is based on the acts of its officers and directors. "This significant case has caused a great deal of stress and anxiety for my client. He is of course pleased to be acquitted of the accusation of bribery and delighted that he can now put this behind him and move on with his life.”

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  • 11/11/2014
    Regulatory Specialist Joins Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield Office

    The addition of Sarah to our team provides new skills and expertise which will undoubtedly help us grow our Regulatory offering further. "Her appointment is further sign of our determination to continue to develop our Business Legal Services team in Yorkshire and continue to provide the best possible service to our clients."

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