Patrick is a specialist in Insurance, Personal Injury and International/Travel law. He acts for Claimants and Defendants in complex catastrophic personal injury claims, insurance and policy construction disputes and cross jurisdictional litigation.
Examples of recent work include
- Appearances in the Supreme Court in Cameron v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd  UKSC 6 and R & S Pilling v(T/A Phoenix Engineering} v UK Insurance Ltd  UKSC 16.
- Acting for the dependents of a victim of a fatal aircraft accident in Switzerland.
- Acting for the Defendant insurer in Greenaway & Rocks v Covea in which the court considered for the first time how the English courts were to tackle issues which, pre-Brexit, would have been referred to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling.
- Advising and acting more than 20 catastrophic brain injury claims worth in excess of £5m within the last year.
- Appearing in the important motor policy construction case of Daudher v Hoisani, EUI Ltd & Advantage Insurance Co Ltd  WLUK 549.
- Advising on Covid Business Interruption claims.
- Instructed in complex personal injury claims occurring in Hungary, Romania, Bermuda, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Poland.
Patrick has a particular interest in aviation/maritime claims and holds a private pilot’s licence.
Patrick has in depth knowledge and experience of all types of catastrophic personal injury claims, and has a particular interest in the evolving assistive technology increasingly featuring in such claims.
Patrick has expertise in cross-border personal injury actions, transport accidents, holiday claims and jurisdiction disputes. He has a particular knowledge of EU motor insurance guarantee funds.
Patrick is regularly instructed in policy coverage, avoidance, contribution actions between insurers and cross-border disputes.
Patrick has extensive experience of litigating asbestos claims for claimants and defendants.
Patrick has extensive experience of claims involving the application of the EU Motor Insurance Directives, jurisdiction issues and the application of Rome II, as well as expertise in cross-border personal injury actions, transport accidents, holiday claims and jurisdiction disputes.
Recent experience includes;
QF32 – Advising on PTSD claims brought by 150 occupants of an A380 that experienced an uncontained engine failure. My aviation experience/knowledge assisted with understand the accident mechanism, recognising the salient parts of the ATSB reports and understanding the process that led to the aircraft being stuck on the tarmac for over an hour when it eventually did land.
Gyrocopter claim – Instructed in a fatal claim involving a self-build gyrocopter, acting for the builder. Other parties were the CAA and PFA. Complex engineering/regulatory issues.
London Helicopter Centre claim – acted for a customer in relation to substandard maintenance and consequential loss of use.
Acting in numerous baggage handler/engineer airside PI claims and cabin crew claims.
Drones, self-driving cars and the claims and obligations of the imminent EU General Data Protection Regulation are all areas in which Patrick has developed technical knowledge to combine with his general insurance practice in order to advise clients on the challenges ahead.
Recorder of the Crown Court since 2012
Member of PIBA, BIICL, PEOPIL and PNBA
He is measured, thoughtful and focused. – Chambers & Partners, 2022
He makes decision-making with even the most technical and complex legal arguments easy for judges, with his logical and digestible, but well-considered, submissions. – Legal 500, 2022
He is absolutely first class. – Chambers & Partners, 2021
He’s a persuasive advocate who has a gift for not overstating the good points. – Chambers and Partners, 2021
He has great judgement and is calm, measured and persuasive in his advocacy. – Chambers and Partners, 2021
A very experienced and persuasive advocate, who judges respond well to. Always excellently prepared and realistic with advice. – Legal 500, 2021
He’s extremely sharp-minded and able to quickly pick up the most important issues and evidence. He conveys his thoughts in a succinct manner which is understandable to his clients, opponents and judges. – Chambers and Partners, 2020
Go-to barrister for indemnity matters. – Legal 500, 2019
He’s a superb negotiator and someone you really want on your side. – Chambers & Partners, 2019
He brings a wonderful mix of first-class technical expertise, knowledge of the law and an eye for detail, together with down to earth common sense. – Legal 500, 2018
Really measured and impressive. – Chambers & Partners, 2018
Excellent on detail. His input is always valuable. – Chambers & Partners, 2018
As an advocate, his calm and authoritative submissions resonate with judges. – Legal 500, 2017
Very clever, able to absorb a lot of information and distil it down to focus on the salient points very quickly. He’s very good on his feet and is a brilliant advocate. – Chambers & Partners, 2017
He’s one of the top counsel for motor policy work. – Chambers & Partners, 2017
He is extremely articulate and persuasive. – The Legal 500, 2015
He is a sensible negotiator and his calm and measured style is well received by judges. His knowledge of statutory motor insurance and the framework behind it surpasses many a QC. – Chambers & Partners, 2016
He is QC quality; good with clients and strong on his feet. – The Legal 500, 2015
Howe v MIB  EWHC 640 (QB)
Tesco Underwriting v Achunche QBD 07/07/16
Douglas v O’Neill  EWHC 601 9QB)