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Mike Warren

Partner

Mike qualified as a Solicitor in 1994 and has over 20 years’ experience of criminal defence and regulatory work. Having previously spent some 15 years as both a Partner and Department Head at another Essex Practice Mike joined the firm in 2011 when he and his litigation team merged with THB.

Mike’s work covers the complete spectrum of criminal and regulatory allegations however he has a particular speciality in the area of serious and complex crime such as high value Fraud investigations with extensive volume of evidence and multi defendant conspiracies. Mike has acted for both individual and corporate defendants facing the most serious and complex charges including murder, large scale drug importations, sexual offences, trading standards offences and environmental prosecutions. With a client base ranging from professional footballers and high net worth individuals to international PLCs, he remains a highly respected practitioner gaining regular national recognition in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK ( Guide to the UK Legal Profession).

Being able to draw  on such wide experience, each client can be assured of the highest quality of service and  astute  strategic advice from the outset of their case. Mike is currently instructed in matters involving historic Rape and child sexual offending, HMRC Frauds and a substantial multi agency Trading Standards investigation into Fraud and breaches of Consumer Protection Regulations.

Mike was among the very first Solicitors to obtain Higher Rights of Audience and regularly conducts his own advocacy in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

Aside from his casework responsibilities Mike is the COLP and COFA at THB and leads the firms continued Law Society Lexcel Accreditation programme recognising excellence in Practice Management and Client Care. Having retired from his long standing role as manager of his son’s football team he now finds himself frequently disappointed as a season ticket holder at West Ham United.

Practice Areas

  • Fraud
  • Business Crime and company and insolvency offences
  • Money Laundering
  • Trading standards offences & frauds
  • Confiscation & Restraint
  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Drug conspiracies
  • Sexual Offences
  • Trading Standards an Consumer Protection offences
  • Environmental offences

Significant Cases

  • R v B: Mike represented a former Police Officer facing an allegation of importing over £15million of Class A drugs from South America into the UK. With the case comprising some 3 separate trials over 4 years the proceedings were concluded with the continued prosecution of his client being stayed as an abuse of process. Convicted co-defendants each received prison sentences in excess of 15 years
  • R v A: Representation of a GP facing allegations of sexual assault on a young female patient. The client instructed Mike on a private basis foregoing representation via his own professional body and was acquitted of all allegations following crown court trial.
  • R v B: Representation of a business owner facing extensive Trading Standards charges over the course of two separate prosecutions under the Consumer Protection Regulations. In the first proceedings a Confiscation application seeking in excess of £500k was reduced to under £10k. In the more recent case an indictment containing over 60 counts was reduced to just 5 charges  following a successful application for dismissal leading to a minor financial penalty.
  • R v G: Representation of a company Director facing an allegation of substantial Money Laundering arising from a large conspiracy to steal fuel from underground pipelines located across the country. Following a lengthy Jury trial the defendant was acquitted of all allegations.
  • R v H: Client was acquitted of Murder but convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after a dismembered body was found floating in a lake in East London. Allegation that the deceased had been subject to a prolonged assault at the hands of multiple defendants following which an attempt was made to dispose of the body.
  • R v L: Representation of a sole trader alleged to have set fire to a market and adjoining dual carriageway in a major UK city while conducting welding and maintenance works. Client prosecuted for several breaches of Health and Safety Law and ultimately received a financial penalty.

"Very experienced, tactically savvy and has great tactical judgement’; he is adept at handling banking fraud, VAT fraud and boiler room fraud cases."

- Legal 500 (2017)

"Recognised as ‘always keeping an eye on the bigger picture."

- Legal 500 (2016)

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81a High Road
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 5LN

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