Mike Blitz

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Mike is a skilful trial advocate, drawing on his criminal practice to deliver incisive and persuasive cross-examination and submissions. He was winner of the Inner Temple Pupils’ Advocacy Prize in 2015. Prior to pupillage, Mike worked as a County Court Advocate for a national firm of solicitors where he was recognised as having a keen eye for legal detail as a basis for securing favourable results.

Solicitors particularly appreciate his pragmatic approach and his sensitivity to the lay client’s needs and expectations, whether individual or commercial. He is willing to take instructions on a conditional fee basis where appropriate.

‘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’

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 range of civil practice, with one seat dedicated to personal injury defence. In his second six he was regularly instructed for both claimants and defendants in credit hire matters.

Since moving to Bristol, he has continued to expand and develop his practice, receiving instructions to appear in small claims and fast track trials alongside approval and assessment hearings. He regularly advises on quantum, particularly for minor claimants.

Notable Cases

N v P: opposing application to disapply QOCS on the basis of fundamental dishonesty

C v FC: defending alleged fraudulent employers liability claim (first-six)

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 the multiple national champions the Great Western Chorus of Bristol. He is a keen cyclist and Formula 1 fan.

‘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’

Publications:

‘Butcher v Southend-on-Sea BC’ – Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal (2014)

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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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