Patricia is a meticulous advocate with an impressive intellectual background. Prior to coming to the Bar, Patricia enjoyed an academic career, holding posts at Oxford, Cambridge and Brunel Universities, specialising in European and International human rights law. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Babsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize by Oxford University for most outstanding thesis in the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Patricia practices in the areas of business and financial crime, regulatory work, inquests and inquiries, public law and professional discipline. She is currently a member of the counsel team instructed by the Metropolitan Police responding to the Undercover Policing Inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting. Patricia is an experienced lecturer and is Editor-in-Chief of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt (5th edition 2017). She is a member of the SFO Prosecution Panel, and the CPS Fraud, and Serious Crime Panels. She is also on the list of specialist regulatory advocates who prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency.
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Patricia is an experienced disclosure counsel and has acted in a number of high-profile, long-running frauds instructed by the SFO, ORR and the police. She has also acted as LPP counsel for the SFO. She is particularly well-suited to complex and/or intricate, document heavy work. Patricia is accustomed to working effectively as part of a large team.
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Patricia’s practice has a significant human rights element, and she has regularly dealt with issues raised under Articles 3, 6 and 8 in the context of her public law, extradition and inquiry work. Patricia has also published in the field of European and International human rights law for a number of years. She has a particular interest in gender-based violence and has written a number of articles on the development of positive duties on states to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse. In 2011, she delivered at a Strasbourg conference her paper on A, B and C v Ireland and abortion rights, which was later published. In 2006, her doctoral thesis was awarded the Oxford University Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester prize for the most outstanding thesis in the area of International Relations with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Jan 2017- Present
Patricia is a member of the core counsel team instructed by the Metropolitan Police responding to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She was part of the counsel team involved in the anonymity exercise seeking Restriction Orders over the identities of former members of the Special Demonstration Squad. She is presently tasked to the team preparing for the first tranche of evidential hearings, which deal with undercover work carried on between 1968 and 1982.
August 2019 - March 2020
Patricia was instructed as a member of the counsel team to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
(2014): Seconded to Kingsley Napley’s Regulatory Department preparing cases for the Health and Care Professions Council.
(2021): Instructed by the Bar Standards Board in a matter before The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service