Mike is Head of Woodfines' Crime and Regulatory 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 is a member of a regional FTA Freight Transport Council.
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.
Mike enjoys sailing, fishing and golf (especially the 19th hole!).
In the News
Mike is a regular commentator on BBC 3CR and provides updates on legal issues to the transport sector.
I would highly recommend Woodfines to represent them in any situation. Their level of professionalism is outstanding but they are also extremely approachable, caring and reassuring. Very responsive to deliver the right results.
A truly professional approach, I would recommend to friends and workmates.
Mike, thank you so much for your efforts, we are so hugely grateful. Chris was so right when he described you as being at the top of your game.
Achieved a result I really felt was impossible!
I, as [the client]'s mother, would highly recommend this law firm to anyone. A fantastic job was done with a most agreeable outcome. A sincere thanks to all concerned.
Respectful and explained everything clearly, honouring us the clients.
Mike exceeded our expectations and our son was able to keep his license due to Mike's expertise advice and guidance, thank you.
Excellent service throughout the period Mike was dealing with us, keeping us informed and the care he showed us and we would like to thank him.