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Mike prosecutes and defends in Crown Court. He also accepts instructions in regulatory matters, housing and dangerous dogs and animal welfare.
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.
Prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters, including POCA. Thorough preparation and excellent client care.
- R v AW (2018, Snaresbrook CC) – 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 CC) – Client acquitted of theft from a cash machine despite evidence from complainant that he saw client take the money.
- R v TC (2018, Croydon CC) – Client acquitted of two counts of assaulting staff in a local supermarket after they claimed he started an altercation.
- R v AH (2018, Blackfriars CC) – 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 MC) – Prosecution for breach of planning regulations dropped after written representations showed client had valid defence.
- R v JF (2018, Canterbury CC) – Successfully argued self-defence after client used a hammer to cause actual bodily harm to a neighbour.
- R v SY (2018, Blackfriars CC) – Client acquitted of ABH after punching and knocking out a visitor to his flat.
- R v BF (2018, Oxford CC) – 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 CC) – Successful appeal against conviction using psychiatric evidence to show client lacked necessary mens rea for exposure.
Other noteworthy cases include:
- R v JF (2017, Kingston CC) – Possession of a bladed article in a public place.
- R v TM (2018, Isleworth CC) – Sexual assault.
- R v SO (2018, Isleworth CC) – Possession of a bladed article in a public place.
- R v JB (2017, Croydon CC) – Arson being reckless as to endangering life.
- R v SA (2017, Aylesbury CC) – Flytipping.
- R v AB (2017, Maidstone CC) – Dangerous driving and TWOC.
- R v PB (2017, St Alban’s CC) – Sexual assault.
- R v G & W (2016, Basildon CC) – Burglary.
- R v KJ (2018, Harrow CC) – Grievous Bodily Harm with intent.
Mike has acted for tenants in homelessness and possession cases. He is known for his careful drafting and attention to detail, providing numerous advices on s.204 appeals. He has prepared skeleton arguments and represented clients in full-day appeals. Mike has also obtained interim relief requiring local authorities to provide emergency accommodation in three out-of-hours applications to the High Court.
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 a growing practice in this area. He has acted for a client whose dog was judged to be of a pit bull type, representing the client at sentence and advising on prospects of appeal.
- 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)
- Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple
Hobbies & interests
Travel and running.
CPS prosecutor panel, level 1.
Criminal Bar Association.