Patrick has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile, with a particular focus on international trade, civil fraud/asset recovery, insurance, company/insolvency and shipping disputes. Patrick also has a particular interest in and experience of cases raising issues of private international law.
He has substantial experience of complex litigation in the High Court, and of international arbitration under LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, and LMAA Rules, both as sole counsel and as part of a team. Recent highlights include being led by Michael Ashcroft QC in a substantial, 5-day LMAA commodities arbitration in June 2021, being led by Charles Kimmins QC and Sean Snook in the Court of Appeal in the important case Potter v Canada Square Operations Ltd  EWCA Civ 339, and being led by David Lewis QC in an 8-figure shareholder dispute before the Courts of Gibraltar, arising out of the merger of two of the world’s largest online gambling companies.
Before joining Chambers, Patrick spent nearly three years as an employed barrister working for Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP. His experience included acting as junior in a significant judicial review (led by Pushpinder Saini QC, of Blackstone Chambers) concerning the validity of EU sanctions against Russian entities, and advising a large energy company regarding potential claims arising out of a joint venture contract. He also gained experience of restitution claims brought in respect of unlawfully exacted tax (the FII litigation), arbitration claims brought under bilateral investment treaties and annulment applications to the General Court of the EU.
Patrick read law at the University of Oxford, graduating with a first class degree and ranked first in the university in contract law. He also studied for the BCL, taking papers in restitution of unjust enrichment, conflict of laws, commercial remedies and corporate insolvency.