The secure CJSM email is:

mike.hollis@1mcb.cjsm.net

Mike prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court in a range of criminal matters, including POCA, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court. He prepares thoroughly and has excellent client care. Mike is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor and has been appointed to the specialist panels for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime. He also been appointed to the SFO’s panel C for prosecution, proceeds of crime and international assistance.

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 and has been appointed to the specialist panels for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime.

Cases

  • R v DS (2021, Isleworth Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted two ABHs on two women over five days.
  • R v NH (2021, Guildford Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a dangerous driving case over five days.
  • R v EO (2021, Inner London Crown Court) – successfully defended an arson being reckless as to endangering life over four days.
  • R v KM & FP (2021, Kingston Crown Court) – successful prosecution of a two-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs over five days, proven largely by text messages.
  • R v LJ (2020, Guildford Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a burglary of a school over four days.
  • R v JC (2020, Basildon Crown Court ) – client acquitted of false imprisonment and theft of a motor vehicle after a two-day trial.
  • R v LL (2019, Willesden Magistrates’ Court) – client acquitted of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
  • R v LW (2019, Court of Appeal) – successfully resisted an appeal against conviction on a point of law, namely whether the defendant ‘had with him’ a bladed article within the meaning of s139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
  • R v MK (2019, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a breach of a restraining order over three days.
  • R v PK (2019, Croydon Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted an allegation of ABH and battery over four days.
  • R v EA (2019, Luton Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a three-day attempted robbery (carjacking) and possession of an offensive weapon.
  • R v KM (2019, Aylesbury Crown Court) – client acquitted of s18 wounding after three day trial. Complainant stabbed in back and identified defendant. Parties knew each other well. Defendant’s case was that complainant falsely accused him as part of a vendetta.
  • R v KC (2019, Woolwich Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a three-day robbery and possession of a bladed article case.
  • R v LS (2019, Reading Crown Court) – successfully prosecuted a three-day bladed article case.
  • 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 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 prosecution 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 LB (2021 Wood Green Crown Court) – prosecuted an attempting to pervert the course of public justice trial over three days.
  • R v HH (2021, Southwark Crown Court) – prosecuted a road rage case of wanton and furious driving and racially-aggravated assault over three days.
  • R v RW (2021, Central Criminal Court) – defended a dwelling burglary over three days.
  • R v CS (2020, Maidstone Crown Court) – prosecuted a dwelling burglary and criminal damage over two days.
  • R v AG (2020, Kingston Crown Court) – four-day defence trial for possession of a bladed article where client had already pleaded guilty to PWITS cannabis, seized at the same time as a lock knife.
  • R v AT (2020, Southwark Crown Court) – prosecution trial for dangerous driving.
  • R v TJ (2020, Maidstone Crown Court) – prosecuted an ABH trial in a domestic context. Defendant acquitted of ABH but convicted of common assault.
  • R v OE (2019, Blackfriars Crown Court) – defending 2 x ABH and 3 x battery in a domestic context over five days.
  • R v AF (2019, Woolwich Crown Court) – prosecuted a day-long bladed article trial.
  • R v SH (2019, Snaresbrook Crown Court) – prosecuted a three-day exposure and racially-aggravated assault on which jury hung on exposure.
  • R v P (2019, Isleworth Crown Court) – defending a domestic burglary when client found caught on top of property railings.
  • R v TR (2019, Blackfriars Crown Court) – defending a burglary based on DNA evidence alone.
  • R v RR (2019, Inner London Crown Court) – prosecution for tendering counterfeit £20 notes.
  • 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 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 KJ (2018, Harrow Crown Court) – grievous bodily harm with intent.
  • R v JF (2017, Kingston 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.

Prison law

Mike has appeared in eleven Parole Board hearings, including serious sexual and violent assaults and one manslaughter.

Regulatory law

Mike has acted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in various substantive and review hearings, including one of eight days. He has advised a doctor facing GMC proceedings for dishonesty.

Dangerous dogs & animal welfare

Mike has acted for clients in seven 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

Mike is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor and has been appointed to the specialist panels for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime.

He also been appointed to the SFO’s panel C for prosecution and proceeds of crime and international assistance.

Languages

  • Spanish.
  • Indonesian.

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association.

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