Call: 1987

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"He is a very bright brain and analyses the situation perfectly." "He is impressive as an advocate" Chambers UK (2016)

"Responsive, pragmatic and very knowledgeable on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant issues". Legal 500 (2015)

"a very bright and consistent performer", "gives the client a great deal of confidence" Chambers UK (2015)

"Highly intelligent and disciplined, he leaves no stone unturned".  Legal 500 (2014)

"particularly good at understanding the commercial context of a dispute and what the client is trying to achieve" Chambers UK (2013)

"always adds value - he is thorough, pragmatic and invariably gets things right. You trust him implicitly" Chambers UK (2012)

"razor-sharp advocacy", "with many fans in the market" Chambers UK (2011)

"a substantial workload of property litigation work", "runs technical arguments in an effective way and applies the law in a practical manner" Chambers UK (2010)

"incisive and user-friendly" Chambers UK (2008)

 

Practice

Patrick is a specialist property litigator and advisor, whose wide mix of clients include investors, London estates, banks and financial institutions, developers of all sizes and professional indemnity insurers, as well as individuals.

In addition to having extensive experience of litigation in the Courts and before specialist property tribunals such as UT (Lands Chamber), FTT (Property Chamber), he regularly advises not only on non-contentious matters but also in relation to problems which have not yet become litigious, often receiving direct referrals from major industry players, their agents and advisors.

 

Areas of Work

  • Landlord and Tenant. Commercial and residential, including issues of security of tenure and renewal, disputes about alienation, user and dilapidations, as well as service charge liability and recovery.
  • Conveyancing and title disputes in relation to both registered and unregistered land, including adverse possession.
  • Rights in respect of land. Option agreements, overage provisions, restrictive covenants, easements and other incorporeal hereditaments.
  • Mortgages. As well as disputes regarding enforceability, the work extends to more complex questions of priorities between mortgages.
  • Trust of Lands and beneficial interests arising under constructive and resulting trusts.
  • Professional Negligence. Disputes associated with these areas of work.

 

Professional Reputation

Patrick has been ranked in Chambers and Partners UK for Real Estate Litigation since 2005, and in Legal 500 for Property Litigation since 2010.

 

Notable Cases

Patrick's reported cases include:

  • Mills v Southern Housing Group Limited LON/00AL/LSC/2014/0076 (principles on which costs discretion to be exercised in FFT(Property Chamber))
  • Sheldon Square Residents Association v St George North London Ltd [2011] UKUT (LC) (interpretation of service charge provisions in a lease)
  • Sargeant v Macepark (Whittlebury) Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1482 (apportionment of maintenance costs as between commercial landlord and tenant)
  • John D Wood & Co. Ltd v Craze [2007] EWHC 2658, [2008] 1 EGLR 17 [2008] 1 P&CT DG14 (implied terms of estate agency contract)
  • Tokyo Leisure Development Co Ltd v Witan Hall Ltd [2003] EWHC 2029 (Ch) (entitlement to freezing order in support of resulting trust arising on failed development agreement)
  • Macepark (Whittlebury) Ltd v Sargeant (No.2) [2003] EWHC 427 (Ch), [2003] 1WLR 2284 (use of right of way to access non-dominant land)
  • Bristol & West Plc v Bartlett [2002] EWCA Civ 1181, [2003] 1 WLR 284 (correct limitation period for recovery of shortfall after sale of mortgaged property)
  • Northcote Housing Association v Dixon [2001] HC (Ch) (entitlement to rescission of shared ownership lease on grounds of misrepresentation.
  • Church Commissioners for England v Baines CA, [1998] QB 638 (security of tenure of mixed-use premises)
  • Charterhouse Clinical Research v Advisory Services (Clinical & General) Ltd [1997] CA (Interpretation of contract)
  • Kall-Kwik Printing (UK) Ltd v Rush HC (Ch), [1996] FSR 114 (restrictive covenants in franchise agreement)

 

Education and Professional Qualifications

Kings College London, LLB
Called by Middle Temple, 1987
Pegasus Scholarship, Inner Temple

 

Memberships

Property Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association and Professional Negligence Bar Association