1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Patrick has a full-service family law practice across the main areas of chambers’ expertise including public law children, private law children, financial remedies and Family Law Act proceedings.

  • Children (Public Law)

    Patrick has particular expertise in public law cases, involving care proceedings under the Children Act 1989 and adoption proceedings under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. He regularly represents parents, guardians and Local Authorities from the initial application through to trial.

    He has experience of cases involving non-accidental injury, fabricated and induced illness, domestic homicide, sexual abuse, placement in a foreign jurisdiction, chronic neglect, alcohol & drug misuse, mental health issues, physical and emotional harm.  

    Patrick has appeared in the FDAC and represented the Official Solicitor. He often represents young and/or vulnerable parents at ICO and EPO applications, and has experience of applications for secure accommodation and leave to oppose an adoption.

    Notable cases include:

    G, Re [2020] EWFC 94 (22 December 2020)

  • Children (Private Law)

    Patrick has experience of private law matters, including child arrangements, prohibited steps and specific issue orders, and applications under the inherent jurisdiction.

    He acts in cases where there is often a complicating feature such as fact-finding, joinder of a child as a party to proceedings or an international issue.

    Patrick has represented parents, wider family members, children and rule 16.4 Guardians.

    His cases have involved: internal and external relocation applications; psychiatric and psychological expert evidence; children giving evidence; summary return applications from Hague and non-Hague convention countries; fact-findings involving physical, sexual and emotional abuse, coercive & controlling behaviour; applications for wardship; applications under the inherent jurisdiction; transfer of residence; name-change cases; shared-care cases; special guardianship orders; family assistance orders; intractable contact & alienation cases and applications for Tipstaff Orders.

    Notable cases include:

    J (A Child : 1980 Hague Convention proceedings) [2021] EWHC 1213 (Fam) (10 May 2021)

  • Family Finance & Property

    Patrick undertakes all forms of financial remedy proceedings. He represents parties at FDA’s, FDR’s, Preliminary and Final Hearings.

    He has experience of applications under TOLATA 1996, Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 and Section 31 MCA 1973 variation applications.

    He has appeared for interveners and has experience of cases involving add-backs, non-disclosure, non-matrimonial property, foreign assets, financial misconduct, mortgage fraud and company assets.

  • Domestic Violence & Injunctions

    Patrick accepts instructions in injunctive proceedings, often involving serious domestic violence and abuse. He has appeared in proceedings concerning Non-Molestation, Occupation and Forced Marriage Protection Orders.

  • Notable Cases