Mike Blitz

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Mike has been consistently recognised as a skilful advocate with a keen eye for legal detail, winning the Inner Temple Pupils’ Advocacy Prize in 2015. He is especially aware that each case requires a unique approach, and is equally adept whether making robust submissions or dealing with delicate personal circumstances.

Solicitors particularly appreciate his sensitivity to the lay client’s needs and expectations, regardless of their background or reason for involvement with the justice system. He has experience as both a Youth and Community Worker and Volunteer Advisor at a London Law Centre.

References

‘[Mike] took the lead in a case where a 10 year qualified advocate would have had some difficulties… made sensible legal and procedural points which could not be ignored by the District Judge and ultimately led to the case being dismissed’

‘[The client] has emailed in singing your praises’

Background

Mike joined Queen Square Chambers as a third-six pupil in November 2015. He completed pupillage at an established London common law set where he gained experience across the full spectrum of criminal work and built his own busy defence practice.

Since moving to Bristol, he has continued to expand and develop his practice, receiving instructions to appear in the Crown Court as well as regularly prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’ and Youth Court, often on complex and / or multi-day matters. He is recognised for achieving favourable results in motor defence matters.

Notable Cases

R v C and others: secured acquittal for defendant in five-handed youth court robbery on the second day of trial due to disclosure failures

R v A: successfully defended client with paranoid schizophrenia against a charge of exposure

R v G: represented defendant accused of forging direct debit mandates

R v R: not guilty verdict for client alleged to have assaulted court bailiff

R v L:  prosecuting harassment of former partner

R v H and R: multi day trial of assault by landlord on tenants

R v S & G: prosecuting alleged homophobic attack in nightclub

R v K, T and M: noting for the family of the deceased in trial of police officers for death in custody

Scholarships and Awards

Winner of the Inner Temple Pupils’ Advocacy Prize

Allan Levy Award, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Exhibition Award – Inner Temple

Qualifications

LL.M (Distinction) – University of Bristol

LL.B (2.1) – University of Bristol

BPTC (Very Competent) – Kaplan Law School, ‘Outstanding’ in Criminal Litigation and Conference

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

CPS Panel (Level 1)

Hobbies and Interests

Mike sings barbershop music with the multiple national champions the Great Western Chorus of Bristol. He is a keen cyclist and Formula 1 fan.

‘A first class performance that would have done credit to a junior of several years call… very impressive and no doubt has a glittering career ahead of him’ Contact Us

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  • Crime - 28, September

    Fitness to plead in the Magistrates’ Court

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    The vast majority of criminal cases conclude in the Magistrates’ Court, yet the rules and procedure for defendants with serious mental health difficulties (i.e. those who are ‘unfit to plead’) are opaque and somewhat non-sensical. What follows is a quick guide. Fitness to plead in the Crown Court… for context The procedure for fitness to … Continue reading Fitness to plead in the Magistrates’ Court

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  • Crime - 7, September

    Life as a third six

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    I came to Queen Square Chambers as a third-six pupil in November 2015, having completed pupillage in a London mixed common law set. Although I had developed a strong second-six practice and was likely to be offered tenancy, I decided a circuit practice – with quicker access to more senior work and a less frantic … Continue reading Life as a third six

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