|Mike is a passionate campaigner for social justice and better outcomes for tenants and consumers, and believes that good quality social housing is at the heart of Scotland’s future. He is an experienced civil court practitioner with twenty years experience in the field of housing law and preventing homelessness in Scotland, acting exclusively for tenants and consumers. Mike is also a Non-Executive Director of the Money Advice Service.|
Mike has been the Principal Solicitor at Glasgow’s Govan Law Centre since 1999 where he has undertaken a number of progressive law reform projects including the abolition of poindings and warrant sales, free and nutritious school meals, unfair UK bank charges, and the regulation of property factors. He ualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2015 with rights of audience in the Scottish and UK Supreme Courts.
Mike is a Non-Executive Director of the Money Advice Service, the independent body set up by the UK Government to give free money advice across the UK, and fund and improve standards in debt advice. He is a member of the European Banking Authority's Banking Stakeholder Group and a visiting lecturer on the University of Glasgow's housing studies diploma and MSc.
He wasa member of the Financial Conduct Authority's Consumer Panel from 2009 to 2015 and chaired its working group advising the FCA on the regulation of retail banking, mortgages and general insurance. He has been a member of HM Treasury/BIS Future Regulation of Consumer Credit Stakeholder Forum, FSCS Advisory Panel and chaired the UK Valuation Commission Residential Cross-sector Group for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
He was awarded the title ‘Scottish Solicitor of the Year’ at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2007 and 2011.