Patricia Patricia

Barrister: Patricia Londono


SFO Prosecution B Panel (2020); Specialist List of Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List C) (2019); CPS Specialist Panel: Fraud (Level 2) (2018); CPS Specialist Panel: Serious Crime (Level 2) (2018); SFO Prosecution C Panel (2017); Brunel Law School (2011-2012) Lecturer in Law; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2007-2010) John Collier Fellow in Law.

LLB (Hons) 2001 (First Class); MSc, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University 2002 (Distinction); D Phil, ‘Women, Human Rights and Criminal Justice’, Oxford University 2006 (Prize winning).


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.

Awards and Publications


  • Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize, Oxford University (2006)
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2005)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholar (Doctoral Award) (Sept 2002-Sept 2005)


  • Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt (Sweet and Maxwell, 5th edn, 2017) Editor-in-Chief.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Redrafting abortion rights under the ECHR: A, B and C v. Ireland in E Brems (ed) Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECHR (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • Defining Rape under the European Convention on Human Rights: Torture, Consent and Equality in C McGlynn and V Munro (eds) Rethinking Rape Law: National, International and European Perspectives (Routledge 2010).


  • 'Sir Cliff v BBC: A new era for police investigations?' UK Human Rights Blog, 19 July 2018 and The Law Society Gazette 23/07/2018.
  • 'Should sex offence suspects be granted anonymity?' New Law Journal (8th September 2017) 13-14.
  • 'Human Rights, Positive Obligations and Domestic Violence: Kalucza v Hungary in the European Court of Human Rights'(2012) 1 (2) International Human Rights Law Review 339-348.
  • 'Developing Human Rights Principles in Cases of Gender-based Violence: Opus v Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights' (2009) 9 Human Rights Law Review 657-667.
  • 'The Executive, the Parole Board and Article 5 ECHR: Progress within an “Unhappy State of Affairs”?' (2008) 67 Cambridge Law Journal 230-233.
  • 'Applying Convention Jurisprudence to the Needs of Women Prisoners' (2007) Public Law 198–208.
  • 'Positive Obligations, Criminal Procedure and Rape Cases' [2007] 2 European Human Rights Law Review 158-171.

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Business & Regulatory Crime:

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.

Recent instructions include:

  • R v J and Others (2019) Led junior instructed by the CPS in multi-handed money laundering case.
  • R v W and Others (2016) Disclosure counsel instructed by the Office of Rail and Road in relation to a prosecution brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 arising from a death at work.
  • R v A and Others (2016) SFO Disclosure counsel in a high-profile 6-handed £5m conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in the provision of football training schemes.
  • R v M and Others (Operation Hornet) (Feb 2015 - July 2016) Disclosure counsel instructed by Thames Valley Police in widely publicised 10-handed £250m fraudulent trading and corruption case involving employees of HBOS and members of the business community.
  • R v G and L (2015) Represented one of two defendants (first on indictment) charged with numerous offences under the Consumer (Protection from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008.

Public Law:

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.

  • Undercover Policing Inquiry (2017-present) – Instructed by the Metropolitan Police as part of the counsel team dealing with applications for anonymity for former members of the Special Demonstration Squad, and addressing issues raised under Article 2, 3 and 8 ECHR (see also ‘Inquiries’ above).
  • SS and BS v Att-Gen of Trinidad and Tobago and Others (2015) – Instructed in case involving the detention of minors in adult prisons, raising issues under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • R (I) v SSHD (2015) Instructed by the GLD in case involving application for settlement as Tier 1 General Migrant, raising issues under Art 8 ECHR.
  • R (O) v SSHD (2015) Instructed by the GLD in case involving application for Indefinite Leave to Remain raising issues under Art 8 ECHR.
  • R (H) v SSHD (2015) Instructed by GLD in case involving refusal to grant EEA residence card on the grounds of subsisting relationship.

Inquests & Inquiries:

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.

Professional Discipline:

(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


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