For the last 20 years Mike has specialised in Family law. His expertise and experience cover all aspects of Family Law. He enjoys the challenge of getting to grips with matrimonial financial matters. He is regularly instructed in public law matters by Local Authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians. He frequently appears in private law Children Act applications and in Family Law Act applications involving domestic violence.
Mike was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and practised in Essex and Suffolk as an equity partner before being called to the Bar in 2010, when he was invited to become a member of EA Law - East Anglian Chambers. In January 2016 Mike succeeded Carole Parry-Jones as Head of the Family team.
As a solicitor Mike was awarded Higher Rights of Audience, which he exercised at every opportunity, and was a member of the Law Society’s Children and Personal Injury panels. He has also been awarded the Certificate in European Law from the University of Essex and the Advanced Certificate in Employment Law from the University of East Anglia.
Mike’s years as a solicitor have equipped him with valuable insight into the challenges and pressures solicitors face which he is able to use for the benefit of his clients and those instructing him. He has excellent client care skills honed by his years of experience dealing with people from every walk of life.
Mike is able to provide advice to clients in writing or in conference at EA Law - East Anglian Chambers in Norwich, Ipswich and Chelmsford or at solicitors’ offices.
He also accepts instructions direct from members of the public under the Public Access Rules.
Areas of expertise include
Mediation Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Family Legal Advice:
Care and Supervision
LL B (Warwick)
“I just want to put on record that your assistance on this case was invaluable; you were always efficient and clear with your administration and advice. As well as your clear understanding of the law I think that you also show sensitivity to people and especially to a child’s needs in such difficult circumstances. I also appreciate your careful handling of the hearings in the High Court”.
His cases are always well prepared and skilfully focused on the relevant issues. His examination of witnesses is effective and he is able to phrase and gear his examination to obtain 'best evidence' from that witness.