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Patrick's practice focuses on corporate and white-collar crime - covering international bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, and sanctions –working across high-risk sectors and high-risk jurisdictions. He has a keen interest in preventative measures and incentivising compliance. He also has a focus on human rights, ESG, AI, and big data.

Prior to moving into private practice, Patrick was Joint Head of the Bribery and Corruption divisions at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He has significant experience of corporate self-reporting, acting as the SFO’s point of contact for all such reports, was involved in the changes to the SFO's self-reporting processes, and helped introduce deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in the United Kingdom.


  • Pembroke College, Oxford, 2010, M.A., Jurisprudence
  • Pembroke College, Oxford, 1994, B.A., Jurisprudence

  • England and Wales

  • Deputy Chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel
  • Past Chairman of the Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry
  • Member of the UK Anti-Corruption Forum
  • Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
  • Past Member of the General Management Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales
  • Member of the Employed Bar Committee of the Bar Council
  • Bar Vocational Course
  • Degree of the Utter Barrister

  • French

Awards & Recognition

  • Most Important Case of the Year (SFO v Barclays), Global Investigations Review, 2020
  • Outstanding Employed Barrister in a Law Firm award, Bar Council of England & Wales, 2020
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal 2023, Best Lawyers UK 2019-2023; Legal 500 UK, 2013-2023

Notable Quotes

  • 20 March 2024 "Biggest Bitcoin fraud in UK history as ex-takeaway worker convicted in £2bn scam" City AM, Bloomberg