Patrick began his career on the Western Circuit, he then joined Trinity Chambers in October 2016.
Patrick is a sought after advocate and specialises in Public Law Children and all aspects of Family Law.
Public Law Children
Patrick is an experienced Public Law practitioner and represents Local Authorities, Parents and the Children’s Guardian. Patrick is also regularly instructed to represent interveners.
Patrick has developed a niche practice in relation to Human Rights Act claims both for and against Local Authorities, specifically in relation to breaches of Article 6 and 8 ECHR.
Patrick has been commended as a practical and astute advocate within financial remedy proceedings. He has experience at all stages of proceedings; from FDA to multi-day final hearings.
International Child Abduction: Hague Convention/Brussels II
Patrick has represented parents in the High Court seeking summary return or in relation to wrongful removal of children from the Jurisdiction. He has a specific interest in this area having written his thesis for his LLM on the relevance of the voice of the child within international child abduction cases.
Private Law Children
Patrick has in depth experience representing parents, grandparents, special guardians and Children’s Guardian. He is a sought-after advocate for intractable contact disputes and fact-finding hearings dealing with allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and physical harm.
North Eastern Circuit
Public Access Qualified
LECTURES & SEMINARS
Patrick regularly gives seminars to solicitors on a range of topics.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- LLB (Hons) University of Leeds
- LLM Advanced Legal Practice Northumbria University Law School
- BVC Northumbria University Law School
- Shelford Scholar Lincoln’s Inn
Outside of his practice, Patrick is a keen rugby fan (his playing days now having ended). He enjoys shooting and spending the weekends with his family and dogs.