Find out more about Mike Garvey – Criminal Law Partner at Bray & Bray, based at our Welford Road office in Leicester city centre.
Q: How long have you been working in Criminal Law?
A: 27 years, 22 of which I have spent at Bray & Bray.
Q: What made you want to get into Criminal Law?
A: I fell into it really. After working at a small general firm in St Albans, I applied for a number of jobs in the Midlands area and got a job with Leicester Magistrates Court as trainee court clerk.
Q: What is the most challenging type of case you have handled and won?
A: There are different types that have been equally challenging. A case involving a youth with mental health problems for example is challenging because the system is not well-designed for such cases. I have also succeeded in an appeal at Court of Appeal, and we ran and won a Judicial Review when the Crown Court got a decision wrong; but getting the right result from an attendance at the police station can be just as satisfying.
Q: What types of cases do you have most experience in?
A: I do trials in Magistrates Court and Crown Court on all kinds of crime related matters.
Q: Why do you think so many people come to Bray & Bray to sort these types of issues out?
A: Bray & Bray has a very good and longstanding reputation. We are seen as ethical, trustworthy, and reliable. We pick up referrals from other clients, magistrates, judges, police officers, barristers, MPs etc.
Q: What do you do to unwind after a busy day?
A: I follow Chelsea FC, watch films and television, go to the theatre and read books.
Q: What is the key to your success?
A: Some natural aptitude for arguing! But there is no substitute for preparation.
Q: If you weren’t a solicitor, what do you think you would be good at?
A: I never saw myself as anything else, especially after a succession of summer jobs as a student showed me that I was unsuited to building/retail/pub/warehouse work!
For advice on any aspect of criminal law, you can contact Mike directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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