Patrick specialises in litigating personal injury cases, particularly those involving complex legal, scientific or mathematical issues, and appearing in cases arising from legal practice. He provides practical and strategic representation to clients at all stages of litigation.
Patrick regularly appears in proceedings arising from exposure to asbestos, medical treatment, professional negligence and legal practice, and disciplinary proceedings. He has appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court, County Court, VCAT, Federal Court, the AAT, the Board of Examiners and the Coroners Court. He also has an extensive advice and paperwork practice.
Below are cases where Patrick has appeared and a court or tribunal has handed down a decision.
Appellate and judicial review
Patrick regularly appears for and advises legal regulators, legal practitioners and clients of legal practitioners about issues arising from legal practice, including disciplinary proceedings, appeals from disciplinary proceedings, cost disputes, cost agreements, claim against the Fidelity Fund, and conflicts of interest and ethics.
Personal injury proceedings
Patrick regularly appears in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the County Court in personal injury proceedings, especially for people claiming injury from exposure to asbestos, from medical negligence and from civil aviation accidents. This includes interlocutory or related matters such as cross-vesting applications and reinstating the registrations of companies. He has also appeared in the Coroners Court and at the Royal Commission in to Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation