What he does outside the Panel
Mike is Principal Solicitor and Director of Govan Law Centre, Glasgow, one of the largest community based law centres in the UK. He is a Member of the Secretary of State for Scotlandâ€™s Poverty Advisory Group, Legal Advisor to the UK Sustainable Home Ownership Partnership, and a Member of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotlandâ€™s Advisory Panel.
Positions held in the past
He has over 15 years post-qualified experience as a practising civil court solicitor in Scotland with experience in using the law to protect consumersâ€™ rights and tackle social disadvantage. Mike has European and international law experience, and has several academic publications to his credit. He also acted, from 2005-2008, as the solicitor to the UK unfair bank charges campaign.
Reasons for joining the panel
Mike joined the Panel to bring to it a fresh consumer law perspective. He wants to ensure that the existing regulatory frameworks works as well as possible, while identifying areas of legal or operational practice that could be improved or strengthened for UK consumers.
Areas of particular interest on the Panel
Mike sees membership of the Consumer Panel as providing an exciting opportunity to support the regulatory work of the FCA by constructing careful and persuasive legal arguments. He is particularly interested in preventative and self-help solutions, and a rights-based approach to ensure that consumers get a fair deal when it comes to money matters.
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Who's who on the panel
The panel is made up of the following members.