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Practice Summary

Patrick specialises in company law, insolvency and commercial fraud. Patrick regularly acts on substantial shareholder disputes and restructurings with recent cases including the Petropavlovsk plc litigation, a board dispute relating to the $1.4bn UK listed Russian gold mining company, the Tonstate Group litigation, relating to the owner of hotels worth in excess of £500 million, and the Arcadia (Topshop/Topman) and Regis (Supercuts) CVAs.

Patrick is consistently identified as a leading junior by both Chambers UK (Company) and The Legal 500 (Commercial Litigation; Company; Insolvency).

The Legal 500 2022 have identified Patrick as 'An absolutely excellent junior: very diligent, analytical, mature beyond his years.'(Commercial Litigation); ‘A real star of the future.’ (Company) and 'Technically superb, commercially astute and tactically switched on.' (Insolvency). Patrick has also been recognised in Legal 500 2021 as having ‘Superb attention to detail and routinely one move ahead of the opposition’ (Commercial Litigation); whilst noting that Patrick is ‘An exceptional young advocate, able to pick up a complex case very quickly, grasp the legal thorns immediately and find key advantages for his clients’ (Insolvency) and ‘Impressive and provides a good service.’ (Company). Chambers UK 2021 acknowledge that "Patrick is very commercial and brilliant as part of a team" (Company). Patrick is recognised as “a clever, accommodating and client-friendly junior counsel" (Chambers UK 2020); "An extremely bright and commercial junior who tackles complex legal issues with aplomb” (Chambers UK 2019) and someone who “stands out over and above anyone else for his black letter law knowledge and his ability to find solutions to difficult and complicated issues" (Chambers UK 2018).

Patrick has been involved in some of the largest civil fraud claims in recent years including the $2 billion LIA v Societe Generale litigation, involving allegations of bribery and undue influence and the JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshelnniy Bank v Pugachev litigation on applications for £1.17 billion freezing orders, search orders, passport orders and committal applications.

Patrick’s cases often involve an international element and applications for pre-emptive and interlocutory relief including freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders and other interim injunctions.

Patrick’s recent cases include:

  • Bridgehouse (Bradford No. 2) Limited v BAE Systems Plc (recent judgments include: [2020] EWCA Civ 759, [2019] B.C.C. 1127, [2019] Bus. L.R. 1302, [2018] EWHC 3719 (Comm), [2018] 10 WLUK 793): Patrick acted for BAE Systems plc on this substantial case relating to the termination of a £93million commercial property forward sale and purchase contract. The case has generated a significant number of claims, applications and appeals and has led to multiple significant judgments including what is now the leading Court of Appeal decision on arbitrability ([2020] EWCA Civ 759) and Cockerill J’s decision on a s.69 Appeal which has general importance for the effect on contractual rights to terminate of a company’s restoration ([2019] BCC 1127).
  • Petropavlovsk plc: Patrick acted for UGC, a large Russian gold mining company, which held approximately 25% of the shares of Petropavlovsk plc, a $1.4bn Russian gold mining company listed on the LSE. UGC’s claim raised issues of the validity of the appointment of directors, the exercise of powers for an improper purpose and compliance with the Corporate Governance Code.
  • Tonstate Group Limited v Wojakovski, Wojakovski v Matyas [2019] EWHC 857 (Ch), [2019] 2 B.C.L.C. 574: Patrick (with Neil Kitchener QC and Alexander Brown) was instructed by the managing director of the Tonstate Group, a substantial property development group which owned Hilton Hotels in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, worth over £500 million. Patrick’s client was accused by the other shareholders in the Group of fraud and of breaches of fiduciary duty. Patrick was initially instructed, at short notice, to oppose an application for a worldwide freezing order in support of a proposed derivative action. Having successfully opposed that application, Patrick acted on a number of related claims including an unfair prejudice petition, a derivative claim and fraudulent misrepresentation and undue influence claims.