Mike Blitz

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Mike has been consistently recognised as a skilful advocate with a keen eye for legal detail. He represents both Claimants and Respondents in all areas, including unfair, wrongful and constructive dismissal and all forms of discrimination.

Having a background in criminal advocacy, Mike is able to deal adeptly with cases involving significant factual disputes (including allegations of fraud and dishonesty), delivering incisive and persuasive cross-examination and submissions.

Mike is consistently recognised for his sensitivity to lay client’s needs and expectations and his ability to assist litigants through unfamiliar proceedings.

With experience in Insolvency law and procedure, Mike is uniquely placed to assist throughout the litigation process where the respondent has ceased trading and damages are likely to be recovered from the Secretary of State. In particular, Mike is able to advise on how proceedings should be commenced and the process of obtaining a winding up order.

Background

Mike joined chambers in April 2016 following a successful third-six pupillage, having qualified at an established London common law set. He has conducted hearings on a near-daily basis since 2014, when he started work as a freelance County Court Advocate for a national firm.

Notable Cases

 

O’C v DL – judgment obtained for unfavourable treatment due to disability where sickness absence triggers had led to a written warning.

G v P – tribunal declined jurisdiction for race discrimination and unfair dismissal due to late presentation of claim

H v T – successful claim for long-standing employee after business unexpectedly close overnight

T v T – successful claim for long-standing employee after business unexpectedly closed overnight

C v B – negotiated favourable settlement in constructive dismissal claim for client ‘forced out’ during restructuring in a clinical setting

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 Civil Litigation and Evidence

Hobbies and Interests

Mike sings barbershop music with 10-time national champions the Great Western Chorus of Bristol. He is a keen cyclist and Formula 1 fan.

Quotes

‘I always enjoy working with Mike – his “can do” attitude and ability to see lines of argument that many others might miss set him apart’

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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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