Called to the Bar 2011 (Inner Temple)
Pat was called to the Bar in 2011 and is a member of Inner Temple. He currently specialises in criminal law.
He is married with grown step-sons and lives in the Midlands.
Before coming to the Bar, Pat spent 23 years in the Civil Service handling all manner of Social Security matters before moving into HM Revenue and Customs where he was a National Insurance inspector, a PAYE compliance officer and finished his time there as a Tax Credit fraud investigator.
Following that Pat spent 13 years with West Mercia police as a Financial Investigator. There he was responsible for investigating the finances of serious organised criminals identifying over £16 million worth of criminal benefit and securing orders for the payment of over £4.3 million in realisable assets.
With West Mercia police Pat was awarded four commendations one of which, a Chief Constable's commendation, was the highest award a civilian could receive.
Pat completed his pupillage with 3 Temple Gardens in London but chose to return to the Midlands in order to be nearer home.
In his first crown court defence trial (a 3 handed affray), and whilst in his third six pupillage, Pat was so convincing in his closing speech that, despite the weight of evidence, the jury was unable to reach a verdict. In his second crown court defence trial, and again whilst still in his third six pupillage, Pat secured the acquittal of a man indicted for racially aggravated public order.
Main areas of expertise:
- Criminal Law