Family Law

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.

Human Rights 

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. 

Financial Remedy  

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


Patrick regularly gives seminars to solicitors on a range of topics. 


  • 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.

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530

Family Clerk

0191 232 1927

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569
  • "Patrick has an excellent capacity for putting parties and witnesses at ease. He always strives to ensure that fairness is achieved for vulnerable parties. He always demonstrates willingness to go the extra mile for his clients and represents them fearlessly and with endless energy."

    Legal 500 2022

Successful appeal of an order for an interim move of the children, citing, amongst other grounds of appeal, the lack of any application of Practice Direction 12 J by the Judge at the first instance.

Successful appeal in respect of a Judge’s decision to rehabilitate a child to the Mother’s care. The case affirmed the decision of McFarlane LJ in Re W [2017] 2 FLR 31.