Patrick specialises in litigating personal injury cases, particularly those involving complex legal, scientific or medical issues, and 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 and silica, medical treatment, professional negligence and legal practice. He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, the County Court and VCAT and has appeared in the High Court, Federal Court, the AAT, the Board of Examiners and the Coroners Court. He also has an extensive advice and paperwork practice.
Doyles listed Patrick as a recommended junior barrister in the catergory of leading insurance barristers, Victoria, 2017.
Below are examples of cases where Patrick has appeared and in which 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, claims against the Fidelity Fund, 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. Most of these cases have been jury trials and not led to written decisions. In addition to trial work, he appears in 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