Mike qualified as a solicitor 1980 and was in private practice in the West Midlands before moving to Norfolk. He joined the CPS when it was formed in 1986. In 1987 he was promoted to work in CPS HQ where he oversaw a wide range of specialist and often high profile prosecutions. He also spent time as an adviser to the Attorney General, on international matters, extraditions and other sensitive cases. In 1994 Mike conducted a review of SFO and serious fraud for the Attorney General, DPP and Director SFO. He also spent time establishing the first CPS internal inspectorate and as Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in the East Midlands and at HQ Casework.

Mike was the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Sussex from 1999 until 2001 when he was appointed as the UK national member of Eurojust working in Brussels and leading EU collaboration between investigators and prosecutors to tackle serious cross border crime. He was elected as the first President of Eurojust in 2002 and re-elected in 2005.
In 2007 Mike returned to the CPS as its first Chief Operating Officer responsible for operational delivery, performance, quality and links to other stakeholders in the criminal justice system. He managed all the Chief Crown Prosecutors and CPS Specialist casework Divisions. In June 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to CPS and to MLA in the EU. He retired as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2012. Mike remains a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group on EU Criminal Justice Policy.

Mike is also a member of the Amato Group on Migration and Security in Europe. He has worked in and advised on improvements to the criminal justice systems in China, Turkey, Moldova and The Bahamas.