I have specialised in clinical negligence for more than two decades, joining Smith Partnership in 2012 based at the Derby branch, although I often travel around the country, either to our other offices, or to a client’s home, to meet with them and discuss their case.
Every case I work on is funded on a ‘no win, no fee basis’ and ranges from relatively low value claims to cases of maximum severity, as well as fatal claims. In previous cases I have obtained significant compensation for my clients.
I also represent families at inquests and am a Court of Protection Deputy with experience acting as a deputy for severely disabled clients.
Outside of the office I have a pretty full diary! Apart from spending time with my wife and four, now grown-up children, I enjoy long distance running and have run several full and half marathons including the London Marathon and the Great North Run. I am also a school governor at a large (and Ofsted ‘outstanding’) comprehensive secondary school in Nottingham, a role I have had for 19 years.
Home life can feature plenty of lively debates with both my wife and eldest daughter holding senior clinical positions within the NHS, with my role seeing me sue the NHS - it can certainly make for some interesting conversations!
Patrick at a glance:
1981: Qualifies as a solicitor
1989: Opens own office based in Nottingham
1996: Decides to deal exclusively with clinical negligence cases
2005: Achieves, then record, highest value settlement for an individual in a clinical
2012: Joins Smith Partnership
2015: Appointed as a Solicitor Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Patrick is a long-time member of the AvMA Referral Panel and the APIL Clinical Negligence Panel. He is also an assessor to the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.