Patricia is a meticulous advocate and has 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. Accordingly, she is more than capable of understanding and arguing the most nuanced and sophisticated areas of law.
Patricia is also an experienced lecturer and is overall editor of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt.
She practices in all areas of crime (with particular emphasis on financial, regulatory and appellate crime), public law and human rights. Additionally, she is particularly well-placed to accept instructions in cases where issues of criminal liability arise in the context of media law. Patricia is currently instructed by one of the core participants to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Given her background, Patricia is particularly well-placed to accept instructions in cases of fraud and corporate crime.
Prior to joining Red Lion Chambers, Patricia completed pupillage at a civil and commercial law set, and during that time was involved in work relating to company law (derivative actions and unfair prejudice claims) chancery, insolvency proceedings, contractual disputes including shareholders’ agreements, and claims of breach of trust/dishonest assistance. Between 2012 -2013, she was a Lecturer in Law at Brunel Law School teaching Contract Law and Trusts.
Patricia has a developing practice in criminal appeals. Since 2014, she has been a led junior in preparing submissions pro bono for the Criminal Cases Review Commission in a 30-year-old conviction for multiple murder, and has acted in successful appeals against both conviction and sentence.
Patricia is currently instructed by one of the core participants to the Undercover Policing Inquiry, set up to examine the contribution that undercover policing has made to tackling crime, how it was and is supervised and regulated, and its effects on the individuals involved.
Patricia takes a particular interest in prisoners’ rights and crime-related public law, especially where human rights issues are involved. She has written on the rights of women prisoners, and on Article 5 ECHR in the context of parole proceedings. In 2015, Patricia was involved in a case concerning the rights of minors being held on remand in prisons for convicted adult offenders in Trinidad and Tobago. She has also acted in immigration cases raising issues under Article 6 and 8 ECHR.
Patricia accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory crime and consumer protection law. She has previously acted for travel companies in small claims brought under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations, and the Athens Convention.
She recently acted for a Defendant charged with numerous offences under the Consumer (Protection from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008, a case that involved complex arguments pertaining to bad character and the admissibly of findings made in the civil courts.
Patricia has 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. Her research has an international dimension and she is well versed in the international human rights treaties as they apply to criminal justice. 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.
Patricia accepts instructions in all areas of crime relating to news-gathering and the work of journalists. She is Editor-in-Chief of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt, now in its 5th edition. Patricia is an experienced lecturer and gives seminars to solicitors and news organisations in this field of law.
Should sex offence suspects be granted anonymity? New Law Journal (8th September 2017) 13-14;
Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt (Sweet and Maxwell, 5th edn, 2017) Editor-in-Chief
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);
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;
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);
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  2 European Human Rights Law Review 158-171.
Patricia taught and lectured extensively in the fields of private law, criminal law and human rights for some years. She has also been invited to address conferences in the field of gender-based violence (see ‘Human Rights’ above). Specifically, she has taught and lectured in the following areas:
Whilst in academia, Patricia developed and honed the skill of breaking down complex ideas into simple formulations, a skill she continues to employ to great effect in her practice.
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)
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Fraud Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
SFO Prosecution C Panel (2017)
Brunel Law School (2011-2012) Lecturer in Law
Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2007-2010) John Collier Fellow in Law;
Jesus College, Oxford (2006-2007) Lecturer in Law (non-stipendiary);
Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (2006) Research assistant to Professor Sandra Fredman;
Faculty of Law, Oxford University (2006) Teaching Assistant, Criminal Justice and Penology;
Lincoln College, Oxford University (2004-6) Lecturer in Law (non-stipendiary).
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).