Mike Schwarz > Hodge Jones & Allen > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hodge Jones & Allen

Work Department

Criminal Defence


Mike Schwarz is a pre-eminent Criminal Defence, civil liberties, protest, fraud and public inquiries lawyer.

Mike has nearly three decades of experience in defending those facing the most serious and complex criminal offences, including murder, white-collar crime and multi-party proceedings.

Mike is well-known for representing high-profile political activists and campaigners fighting for progressive issues such as animal rights, pacifism and racial equality. He is particularly well known for representing, for 3 decades, environmental campaigners on diverse threats to the planet such as climate change, biodiversity, GM crops, incinerators, fishing.

He is the co-author of a leading textbook on protest and public order, and is an expert in the protection of citizens’ freedoms of expression and assembly under Articles 10/11 of the ECHR .

Mike has been involved in the investigation and exposure of misconduct by the state – by, for example, giving evidence to parliamentary committees on alleged police misconduct and corruption.

He currently represents over 100 ‘core participants’ in the ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry (the Mitting inquiry) and some of the 100s of sub-post masters / mistresses victims of the Horizon IT scandal, who are core participants in the Post Office Inquiry (the Williams inquiry).

Mike also regularly acts for professionals in trouble with the criminal law and regulators. For example, he acts for journalists facing serious and diverse allegations, including terrorism and harassment. He acts is key prosecutions under fraud and corruption legislation of accountants and other professionals.


  • Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen – April 2020 to date
  • Mike became a Partner at Bindmans LLP in 1995, remaining with the firm as a Consultant until 2020
  • Mike has been a Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University and a member of The Law Society’s European Law Committee


Mike has been a visiting university lecturer (on criminal law and procedure and police powers) and a member of The Law Society’s European Law Committee (having worked at the European Commission in the Social Affairs directorate, free movement, migration, welfare benefits).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

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Mike SchwarzHodge Jones & Allen

Hodge Jones & Allen fields specialist crime teams to cover areas such as youth, protest, sexual offences, and terrorism, resulting in a department which contains a ‘very diverse set of skilled professionals.‘ The firm is particularly known for its work representing protestors, with notable clients including a number of defendants from the 2021 Bristol riots. Practice head Raj Chada covers public order work and matters involving high profile clients, including MPs. Kerry Spence leads the serious and complex crime unit within the firm, which acts on complex multi-defendant cases. Mike Schwarz has a strong record of acting on human rights, protest and fraud matters. Graeme Hydari specialises in defendants with autism, and acts on the full range of serious crime. Partners Laura O’Brien and Caroline Liggins are also noted.