Patrick has developed a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, pensions, financial services, information law and employment.
He has appeared before the High Court, County Court, First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights), Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal. Patrick also has experience in group litigation with a professional negligence and fraud focus.
Patrick has a particular interest in data protection, where he has experience of litigation involving the GDPR and the data protection framework, and in the regulatory aspects of both pensions and financial services matters. He has been on secondments to the FCA and TPR and continues to be instructed by them.
Prior to joining chambers, Patrick worked in the Court of Appeal as the judicial assistant to Sir Ernest Ryder, the Senior President of Tribunals.
Patrick accepts instructions in all areas of pensions law and has particular experience in regulatory aspects of pensions law gained from secondments to both the Pensions Regulator and the FCA.
Highlights of recent work include:
He is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.
Patrick is developing a broad commercial practice and has appeared in court in a variety of contractual claims. Patrick’s advisory and drafting work has covered breach of contract, insolvency and restitution claims.
Examples of recent instructions include:
Patrick is experienced in information law and data protection. His experience stems from his secondment to the FCA during which he advised on:
He continues to be instructed on data protection and FOIA matters. Examples of recent instructions include:
Burton v IC (FtT, 2021)
Successfully advising and representing the FCA in this FOIA appeal relating to the application of s348 of the Financial Services and Markets Act to mutual
Khan v IC (FtT, 2021)
Successfully acting for the FCA in this FOIA appeal concerning the proper scope of the request and adequacy of searches.
Advice on various FOIA internal reviews and referrals to the ICO.
Advising the FCA on the data protection, and privacy and electronic communication, matters arising from the regulatory framework for pension dashboards.
Patrick is experienced in the financial services regulation having been seconded to the General Counsel’s Division of the FCA. He gained experience across the breadth of financial services regulation.
Patrick continues to be instructed by the FCA on a range of matters. Most recently he has been advising and assisting on the drafting of the Handbook rules for pension providers and dashboard providers in relation to pension dashboards.
Patrick acts for both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary and final hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, in addition to providing written advice and drafting pleadings. Patrick has experience in appellate matters, including being instructed on appeals in Employment Appeal Tribunal and assisting with appeals in the Court of Appeal.
Examples of Patrick’s recent instructions include:
Reed v Thorney Golf Club (ET/EAT, 2022)
Acting unled in several linked appeals in the Employment Appeal Tribunal concerning costs orders, postponements and Rule 21 judgments.
A v An NHS Trust (2022)
Acting (led by Andrew Allen KC) for the Defendant NHS Trust in a High Court claim for an injunction to restrain ongoing disciplinary proceedings.
Palihakkara v Robertson Bell Ltd and anr (EAT, 2021)
Acting (led by Jeremy Lewis KC) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in an appeal concerning the application of time limits under the Equality Act.
Rooney v Leicester City Council (EAT, 2021)
Acting (led by David E Grant KC) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in an appeal concerning whether menopause amounted to a disability and the issue of strike out in discrimination claims.
Jandu v Marks & Spencer plc (ET, 2022)
Successful representation of a Claimant in her claim against a multinational retailer for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
Nolan v East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (ET, 2021)
Successful representation of a paramedic against an NHS Trust in her claims for constructive discriminatory dismissal due to disability.
Flanagan v London Fire Commissioner (ET, 2022)
Successful representation of a Claimant against the fire service for trade union detriment.
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