Details of practice

The focus of Patrick’s criminal practice is financial crime, serious organised crime, and regulatory crime, in which he has acted in a number of complex and high-profile cases. More broadly, his practice, both advocacy and advisory, encompasses international, immigration, EU and asylum law; public and human rights law; inquests and inquiries; contempt; licensing; professional discipline; and civil and quasi-criminal law.

Current Instructions

Patrick’s current instructions include:

  • Acting for the first defendant in an SFO prosecution alleging corruption of Iraqi government minsters to secure oil contracts in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein: SFO v Al Jarah & Others (led by Alexander Cameron QC).
  • Acting for a high profile UK corporation in one of the largest ever criminal regulatory prosecutions: Agency v X Corporation (led by Christopher Daw QC).
  • Acting for the Electoral Commission in an appeal brought by Leave.EU against alleged breaches of electoral law, arising from the EU Referendum: Leave.EU v Electoral Commission (led by Hugo Keith QC).
  • Acting for the MPS in human rights/RIPA proceedings before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, arising from undercover policing: Kate Wilson v MPS (led by David Perry QC).

 Crime and Regulatory Law

Patrick has particular expertise in the following areas: bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office; serious fraud and money laundering; computer misuse, hacking and data protection; other serious and organised/complex crime; historic sexual offences; and murder.

Recent instructions include:

  • HBOS corruption and fraudulent trading (£245m): R v Mills & Others;
  • Computer hacking of Gordon Ramsay (CMA): R v Hutcheson & Others;
  • Each of the three criminal strands of the News International litigation, including phone hacking at NOTW, as part of Operation Weeting (RIPA): R v Coulson & Others;
  • Historic sexual offences, as part of Operation Yewtree: R v Max Clifford;
  • Hatton Garden jewellery burglary (£14m): R v Wood & Others;
  • Payments to public officials on behalf of The Sun’s Chief Reporter, and Chief Foreign Correspondent, as part of Operation Elveden (misconduct in public office): R v Kay & Others;
  • R v Parker & Others;
  • Accessing a Member of Parliament’s stolen mobile phone, as part of Operation Tuleta: R v Parker & Others;
  • Drugs supply into London prisons including by privileged legal correspondence;
  • Complex POCA proceedings in which the prosecution alleges benefit of c.£16m.

Patrick is also instructed pre-charge to advise private individuals, regulated professionals, and companies in relation to the legality of investigative powers exercised by a range of agencies (arrest, search, seizure, s.2 notices etc.) and in relation to potential criminal, civil, and public law challenges and remedies.

Civil and Quasi-Criminal Law

In addition to his criminal practice, Patrick is experienced in advising on civil proceedings arising from, and associated with, criminal matters, and more generally.

  • Patrick has recently been instructed in the defence of wide-ranging civil claim against the MPS (which raised allegations of misfeasance, malicious procurement of a search warrant, trespass, and breaches of the DPA 1998 and HRA).
  • Patrick is acting for the MPS in human rights/RIPA proceedings before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, arising from undercover policing.
  • Patrick is currently instructed in the defence of a civil claim against a well-known members’ club; and acts in cash forfeiture and condemnation proceedings resisting the forfeiture of vehicles and excise goods to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; and in relation to civil recovery proceedings.

 Contempt Law

Patrick is experienced in bringing, resisting, and purging contempt proceedings, both civil and criminal.

Recent instructions include:

  • Civil contempt proceedings brought by Sven-Goran Eriksson against an independent financial adviser in the Chancery Division of the High Court: Sven-Goran Eriksson v Samir Andreas Khan;
  • Criminal contempt permission proceedings brought in the Commercial Court by Gennadiy Bogolyubov against the claimant in a $2 billion Commercial Court action: Gennadiy Bogolyubov v Viktor Pinchuk;
  • Purging contempt in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court (“Solicitors from Hell” case): Beach v QRS.

Extradition, International, Immigration, EU, and Asylum Law

Patrick is experienced in extradition, international, immigration, EU and asylum law:

  • He acts on behalf of requesting states and requested persons in extradition cases, and advises on cross-border evidence gathering, mutual legal assistance, and the repatriation of prisoners;
  • He is instructed on behalf of the UK Border Agency (“UKBA”) in relation to immigration, EU, and human rights appeals brought in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber);
  • Patrick assisted in drafting observations on behalf of Abu Hamza before the European Court of Human Rights in response to the United Kingdom’s observations following Mustafa (aka Abu Hamza) v United Kingdom (Admissibility) (36742/08) (2010) 51 EHRR SE6;
  • He has recently assisted pro bono in the successful delisting applications before the UN Ombudsperson for individuals on the UN Security Council Al-Qaida sanctions list: In re D, T & A.

Public and Administrative Law, Inquests, and Inquiries

  • Patrick was recently instructed with Richard Horwell QC in the inquiry established by the Home Secretary to examine the circumstances in which a lengthy trial of 13 police officers collapsed on disclosure grounds (the officers were alleged to have perverted the couse of justice in the investigation into the murder of Lynette White in the 1980s which led to the prosecution of the “Cardiff Five” and the Court of Appeal judgment in R v Paris) (R v Mouncher & Others);
  • Before coming to the Bar, Patrick was employed in the legal department of the civil liberties and human rights organisation, Liberty, where he advised on all aspects of the HRA and on matters concerning data protection and privacy, employment, inquests, discrimination, prisons, police powers, and peaceful protest;
  • Before coming to the Bar, Patrick also worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry for which he obtained “developed vetting” (“DV”) security clearance;
  • During pupillage, he gained experience of inquests and public inquiries, including in particular: deaths in custody; the Baha Mousa Inquiry; and the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson;
  • He has experience of assisting in the research and preparation of judicial review claims and responses, particularly those arising in the context of search warrants and police powers, interference with prisoners’ correspondence, and categorisation and allocation of prisoners in the context of changes of gender under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Professional Discipline

Patrick has acted for professionals facing proceedings before a wide variety of disciplinary tribunals, including those before the Architects Registration Board and the Bar Standards Board.

Licensing Law

Patrick has experience of advising and appearing in licensing matters on appeal in the Magistrates’ Courts, and in the field of regulatory enforcement including food safety and hygiene, fire safety, and taxi licensing.


Education/professional qualifications

BA Hons (Cantab)
M.Phil (Cantab) (Distinction)
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2010)
Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn, 2009)
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2008)
Lord Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2007)
Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn, 2007)
Simón Bolívar Scholarship (Cambridge University, Centre of Latin American Studies, 2005)
Foundation Scholarship (Cambridge University, Jesus College, 2004 and 2006)
Benefactor’s Prize (Cambridge University, Jesus College, 2004)
College Prize (Cambridge University, Jesus College, 2004)
College Exhibition (Cambridge University, Jesus College, 2003)

Professional memberships

Lincoln’s Inn
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association
Extradition Lawyers Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Direct access

Patrick Hill is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.