Patricia specialises in clinical negligence, medical law, catastrophic personal injury and related administrative and regulatory matters. She is also a practising mediator, accredited by CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) since 2003.
Patricia is regularly invited to speak at and/or chair medico-legal conferences and is on the editorial committee of the AVMA Medical & Legal Journal. She co-authors the limitation section of the Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service and Tottel’s Clinical Negligence (forthcoming).
Before coming to the Bar, Patricia worked for 10 years as a book editor, specialising in non-fiction. During this time, she was elected mother of the NUJ chapel at Hutchinson. On coming to the Bar she joined the Free Representation Unit, and has been a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit since its inception. Her early practice was dominated by criminal defence work and she conducted around 100 Crown Court trials, including murders, rapes and armed robberies, many at the Central Criminal Court. She developed a special interest in young and mentally disordered clients charged with serious offences, and a parallel interest in educational judicial review, with several successful reported cases. She also represented clients in employment and discrimination cases; at inquests; before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; and in both criminal and civil courts at all levels. After eight years’ busy mixed practice, she chose to focus on medical law, where she has built a substantial specialist reputation).
Year appointed QC2011
EducationCity University, Oxford University
MembershipsMember of the Bar Pro Bono Group since its inception, Amnesty International, MIND Legal Network, AvMA Lawyers’ Group, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Personal Injuries Bar Association, Volunteer Panel Member for Lambeth Young Offender Service, Member of Bar Disciplinary Tribunal
QualificationBA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Dip Law