Mike has extensive experience in both private law and public law cases but his practice now concentrates elusively on all aspects of public law care cases and adoption involving children, acting for parents, extended family members and the children instructed by their Children’s Guardians. He was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel from 1995 until called to the Bar in 2012.
Mike’s previous experience as a solicitor makes him highly aware of the needs of his clients and their solicitors, having first-hand experience of the amount of preparation involved in bringing a case and the challenges of sometimes having to give clients advice they don’t want to hear. He understands the importance of prompt reports and detailed attendance records as well as the need to balance personal involvement and objectivity.
As a solicitor, Mike initially specialised in Crime, acting as a Prosecutor for the Police (pre CPS) and then as a Defence solicitor, whilst at the same time acting for parents and extended family members on all aspects of family work relating to children. After the introduction of the Children Act Mike became more involved acting for parents in care proceedings, developed a reputation for conducting most of his own advocacy and conducted lengthy contested final hearings in the County Court usually against Counsel – some of whom are now colleagues in Chambers.
As a Barrister, he regularly represents parents, children and extended family members in care proceedings in the local Magistrates, County and High Courts.
Mike has extensive experience in care proceedings involving alcohol and drug misuse, chronic neglect, non-accidental injuries, complex medical issues and allegations of sexual abuse. He has a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable parties and those with problems relating to alcohol/substance misuse or with learning difficulties/mental health and also grandparents and other extended family members who are anxious to either be able to see or look after their grandchildren or other relatives.
Mike has two adult sons and six grandchildren. His interests include music, reading, martial arts and learning Spanish.