Mike accepts instructions in criminal prosecution, criminal defence (at both the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court) and regulatory matters. He joined 1MCB as a third six pupil in October 2016, having completed pupillage at 4 Breams Buildings. He is also interested in developing a practice in immigration and housing and community care.
Mike has experience in representing claimants at the Social Security Tribunal for the Free Representation Unit. He has also interviewed clients and prepared witness statements for the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV).
Prior to joining the Bar, Mike worked for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), developing and implementing policy and programmes in Whitehall, Iraq and Afghanistan. His main focus was conflict reduction and security and justice reform in developing countries. After leaving government, Mike managed a large aviation security and police training programme in Somaliland, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Mike studied Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, before studying for an MA in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and later an MSc in Security Sector Management at the Defence Academy / Cranfield University. He undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at City University, London. He speaks and reads Spanish and Indonesian moderately well.