The secure CJSM email is:

mike.hollis@1mcb.cjsm.net

Mike prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters, including POCA. He prepares thoroughly and has excellent client care. Mike is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor.

Having completed pupillage at 4 Breams Buildings, he joined 1MCB as a third six pupil in October 2016 and became a tenant in August 2017.

Mike worked previously in conservation and then the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), developing and implementing policy and programmes in Whitehall, Iraq and Afghanistan. His focus in DFID 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 (FCO).

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 UK Defence Academy / Cranfield University.

He undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at City University, London. He has travelled widely and speaks and reads Spanish and Indonesian moderately well.

In appropriate cases, Mike is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, community organisations and NGOs, through the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.

Crime

Mike prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters, including POCA. He prepares thoroughly and has excellent client care. Mike is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor.

Recent cases

  • R v RG (2019, Maidstone Crown Court) – client acquitted of affray after a six-day trial involving impromptu legal argument on section 78, a hostile witness, a Crown hearsay application, bad character and a submission of no case to answer.
  • R v RK (2019, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted RK for attempted robbery and making threats to kill outside an off licence.
  • R v SS (2019, Bexleyheath Magistrates’ Court) – represented a client pleading guilty to speeding (90mph in 50mph zone). Successfully argued ‘special reasons’ so that the client received no penalty points or disqualification.
  • R v KM (2019, Wood Green Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted KM for possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin. Sentenced to 4.5 years’ imprisonment.
  • R v DT (2019, Wood Green Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted DT for permitting premises to be used for supply of amphetamines and obtained convictions on 6 of 9 counts of handling stolen goods.
  • R v TR (2019, Canterbury Crown Court) – client acquitted of robbery after the complainant admitted lies and exaggeration under cross-examination.
  • R v NP (2019, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted NP for racially-aggravated public order offence arising from an argument over vehicle damage in a car park.
  • R v KAG (2018, Woolwich Crown Court) – Court-appointed cross-examination of eight Crown witnesses for defendant facing 2 x affray and 1 x ABH. Client acquitted of 1 x affray and ABH.
  • R v SC (2018, Croydon Crown Court) – led junior on a 3.5 week child cruelty case (neglect and failing to protect from co-defendant). Jury discharged after disclosure failings.
  • R v AW (2018, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – jury hung after hearing evidence that client and two friends brought over 1,000 canisters of nitrous oxide to a music festival with intent to supply.
  • R v HT (2018, Inner London Crown Court) – client acquitted of theft from a cash machine despite evidence from complainant that he saw client take the money.
  • R v TC (2018, Croydon Crown Court) – client acquitted of two counts of assaulting staff in a local supermarket after they claimed he started an altercation.
  • R v AH (2018, Blackfriars Crown Court)  client’s appeal against conviction for assaulting a police officer allowed after court accepted that purported recognition might be wrong.
  • R v YR (2018, Ealing Magistrates’ Court)  prosecution for breach of planning regulations dropped after written representations showed client had valid defence.
  • R v JF (2018, Canterbury Crown Court)  successfully argued self-defence after client used a hammer to cause actual bodily harm to a neighbour.
  • R v SY (2018, Blackfriars Crown Court)  client acquitted of ABH after punching and knocking out a visitor to his flat.
  • R v BF (2018, Oxford Crown Court)  client acquitted of attempted commercial burglary after ID evidence challenged. Jury unable to reach a decision on dwelling burglary in which client discovered in neighbour’s flat. Following a re-trial for the dwelling burglary, obtained a Community Order for a ‘third strike’ conviction.
  • R v AS (2018, Isleworth Crown Court) – successful appeal against conviction using psychiatric evidence to show client lacked necessary mens rea for exposure.

Other noteworthy cases include:

  • R v AB (2019, Woolwich Crown Court) – prosecution for breach of restraining order. Individual acquitted after three-day trial.
  • R v RE (2019, Croydon Crown Court) – represented client in absence for theft.
  • R v JF (2017, Kingston Crown Court) – possession of a bladed article in a public place.
  • R v TM (2018, Isleworth Crown Court) – sexual assault.
  • R v SO (2018, Isleworth Crown Court) – possession of a bladed article in a public place.
  • R v JB (2017, Croydon Crown Court) – arson being reckless as to endangering life.
  • R v SA (2017, Aylesbury Crown Court) – flytipping.
  • R v AB (2017, Maidstone Crown Court) – dangerous driving and TWOC.
  • R v PB (2017, St Alban’s Crown Court) – sexual assault.
  • R v G & W (2016, Basildon Crown Court) – burglary.
  • R v KJ (2018, Harrow Crown Court) – grievous bodily harm with intent.

Regulatory law

Mike has acted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in various substantive and review hearings, including one of eight days.

Dangerous dogs & animal welfare

Mike has acted for clients in six cases. These include helping clients obtain favourable sentences when guilty pleas were appropriate and negotiating suitable Contingent Destruction Orders. He has also advised clients on the prospects of appeal when their dogs were made subject to immediate Destruction Orders.

Education

  • BPTC, 85% (outstanding)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, 64%
  • MSc Security Sector Management, 72% (distinction)
  • MA International Relations & Development Studies, 68%
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, 64% (Upper second class)

Scholarships

  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

Hobbies & interests

Travel and running.

Appointments

CPS prosecutor panel, level 2.

Languages

  • Spanish;
  • Indonesian.

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association.

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