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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 serious crime, extradition, public law and human rights. Her recent high-profile work includes acting as disclosure counsel in a 10-handed £250m fraudulent trading and corruption case and being instructed in an appeal against conviction in excess of thirty years old for multiple murder. 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. She is also presently instructed as part of the counsel team to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Patricia is an experienced lecturer and is Editor-in-Chief of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt. She is a member of the SFO Prosecution Panel, and the CPS Fraud, and Serious Crime Panels. She has also been appointed to the list of specialist regulatory advocates to prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency.
Crime and Regulatory
Business and 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:
Patricia has acted for Judicial Authorities on numerous occasions in relation to both Part 1 and Part 2 cases. Recent contested hearings include:
Public Law and Human Rights
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 will deal with undercover work carried on between 1968 and 1982.
August 2019- Present
Patricia is currently instructed as a member of the counsel team to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Patricia takes a particular interest in 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 for the GLD in immigration cases raising issues under Article 6 and 8 ECHR.
Sample cases include:
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.
Sample cases include:
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 is happy to give seminars to solicitors and news organisations in this field of law.
Publications, Lectures and Training
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).
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  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
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
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).
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
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).