Patrick applies the wealth of experience he has accumulated by finding sensible, early compromises where possible and taking up a robust settlement position where necessary. Where court applications arise, he undertakes much of the advocacy at court.
Patrick specialises in complex financial proceedings upon divorce, which more often involve cross-jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts and overseas assets. He has a particular interest in untangling corporate structures and disputes arising between company directors and shareholders. Those usually require a forensic examination of company accounts prior to valuation. The Legal 500 UK has recognised Patrick’s “vast experience of representing HNW spouses often with international connections” and in the recent 2020 Legal 500 UK rankings, Patrick has been described as an “exceptional” head of team. “Deeply knowledgeable with a modesty and good humour. Great fun to work with“.
Patrick considers himself to be a “solicitor for life”, maintaining strong connections and valued friendships with clients post-proceedings or for whenever called upon. In years gone by Patrick was a keen sportsman and chess player. He applies those skills now to provide an assured approach to his work and tactical planning to the cases he takes up.
Patrick was admitted to the Law Society in 1993 and is also a member of Resolution.