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Practice Summary

Patricia’s practice covers a broad range of commercial work, both contentious and advisory. She has substantial experience of complex, high-value litigation and alternative dispute resolution (including domestic and international arbitration and expert determination), particularly in the field of banking and finance. Patricia has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court as part of a counsel team and has also acted as sole counsel in the High Court.

Patricia is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2021 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "Brilliant when it comes to the detail and incredibly responsive." "She is hard-working, diligent and excellent at preparing cases."

Notable and recent involvements include:

A v B (2019)

Patricia is currently acting in a major multi-party cross-border fraud claim involving multiple banks.

Stichting Vestia v Deutsche Bank AG (2018-2019)

Patricia acted for Deutsche Bank AG (with Robin Dicker QC and James MacDonald), instructed by Clifford Chance, in this widely-publicised 10-week Financial List trial concerning derivative transactions entered into by a Dutch social housing association with Deutsche Bank. The case settled shortly before close of trial.

X v Y (2018)

Patricia acted for a large Chinese energy company (with Adam Zellick QC), instructed by Allen & Overy, in a 1-week LCIA arbitration concerning the construction of various provisions of an SPA.

Clean Power v Network Rail (2017-2019)

Patricia acted for Clean Power (with Sa’ad Hossain QC) in Commercial Court proceedings concerning alleged breaches of a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation and loss of opportunity to construct EfW power plants on Network Rail sites.

LCIA Proceedings (2015-2016)

Patricia acted for the Respondent (with David Wolfson QC and Camilla Bingham QC), instructed by Mishcon de Reya, defending claims of bribery and corruption in connection with the acquisition of valuable mining rights in Africa.

MetLife Seguros de Retiro SA v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association [2015] EWHC 463 (Comm), [2016] EWCA Civ 1248 (2014-2016)

Patricia acted for JP Morgan Chase (with David Wolfson QC), instructed by Allen & Overy, both at first instance (Commercial Court,10 days) and in the Court of Appeal, in a claim concerning the sum paid on the redemption of structured CER-linked notes.

Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees SA v. SFO; Tchenguiz & Anr v. SFO

Patricia acted for the Serious Fraud Office (with Charles Graham QC and Simon Colton), instructed by Slaughter & May, in the highly publicised proceedings before the Commercial Court, defending allegations of malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, trespass, false imprisonment and breaches of the Human Rights Act. The 12-week trial scheduled for October 2014 was ultimately settled.  See the following related judgments concerning Public Interest Immunity and Legal Professional Privilege [2014] EWHC 1102 (Comm) and Security for Costs [2014] EWHC 1103 (Comm).