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Mike O'Brien - Crime

Mike O’Brien is a former Law Officer and legal adviser to the government. He was Solicitor General for England and Wales from 2005 to 2007 and served for thirteen years as a Government Minister. During this time he was responsible for taking through the Commons a number of new Acts such as the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Human Rights Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Companies Act and the Fraud Act 2006. 

Mike initially trained as a Solicitor in Birmingham. After teaching law for 6 years he switched to practising Criminal Law in London and the East Midlands. He successfully handled a number of high profile cases including five cases of murder, a major insider dealing case, many frauds and also one of the leading defendants in the £40m Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Robbery, allegedly the biggest robbery in British history. For several years he worked as a solicitor advocate and was on his feet in the courts on a daily basis, dealing with trials of robbers, burglars, various driving related charges and public order offences. As Solicitor General he prosecuted lists in several parts of the country as part of his Ministerial oversight of the Crown Prosecution Service. 

After transferring to the Bar Mike joined No5 Chambers. Although he became a QC in 2007, he is currently building up his practice base in criminal cases and hence is willing to take on a wide range of work as a junior. His particular legal interests include burglary, fraud, robberies and driving offences. 
 


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