Mike Hayward

Head of Regulatory & Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law Regulatory Matters Road Traffic Offences Road Transport & Logistics

Mike is Head of Woodfines’ Regulatory & Dispute Resolution team, specialising in the representation of Individuals and Businesses against prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards, the Health and Safety Executive, and other enforcement agencies.

He specialises in Court and Committee Advocacy; Grave Crimes (homicide / fraud, including multi-million pound fraud / sexual offences / etc); Licensing (alcohol / SEV / taxi); Proceeds of Crime; and Motoring Defence.

Mike acts for those in the transport, haulage and distribution industry; advising on all aspects of Operator Licensing. He also advises businesses and individuals facing Public Law challenges with Local Authorities (Licensing and Planning). He has experience in assisting clients at application stage, at Committee, and in Appeals before all Courts, including the High Court. Under his lead, the team were successful in the first ever case of its type concerning taxi licensing, with national implications.

Mike began his career with the Crown Prosecution Service in 1990 before specialising in defending from 1995. He joined Woodfines in 2002, and became a Partner in 2012.

More about Mike…

What’s the most daring/scariest thing you have done? 

Driving test … for the second time!

What was your first job?

I worked in a bakery putting jam into doughnuts

Tell us something that not many people would know about you?

I used to sing in a Cathedral Choir but now keep my singing to the car.

If you weren’t a lawyer or in your current profession, what would you be doing?

I wanted to go into the Royal Marines but then decided I’d be more suited to doing battle in Court.


Mr Hayward's passion for justice, wisdom, and hard work won our case at the tribunal at Towcester. We will gladly use him again and recommend him to others.

Mike Hayward was exemplary during our current engagement. He approached the case with compassion, dedication and skill to achieve a good outcome. His knowledge of legal matters and best approach are exemplary. Throughout initial meetings expectations where discussed in reality not just it will be fine, for me this was very helpful in what to expect through proceedings. I am also offered the opportunity to speak to other specialists in the firm should I need them. I feel blessed I knew of Mike and put my time trust in him and the firm as a whole. Thank you.

I would like to thank Mike very much for helping me out of a very difficult situation regarding my taxi licence which had been ongoing for several months. Mike put my case together as easy as 1, 2, 3 and his expertise and advice was exceptional. To add, I found Mike a genuine and caring person who was very supportive, just by speaking to him from day one. I would recommend him to all without any hesitation.
Many thanks for this – that really is a great relief and a fantastic result.

Thank you so much for all your help on this matter – I really do appreciate this.

I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone caught up in a difficult situation!