Details of practice

Patrick practises in criminal and regulatory law; extradition, international, immigration, EU and asylum; public and human rights law and inquests/inquiries; licensing; contempt; and civil and quasi-criminal law.

Criminal Law

The focus of Patrick’s criminal practice is serious and financial crime, including recently:

  • HBOS corruption and fraudulent trading: R v Mills & Others; 
  • Computer hacking of Gordon Ramsay (CMA): R v Hutcheson & Others;
  • Phone hacking at NOTW, as part of Operation Weeting (RIPA): R v Coulson & Others; 
  • Historic sexual offences, as part of Operation Yewtree: R v Clifford;
  • Hatton Garden jewellery burglary: R v Wood & Others
  • Payments to public officials on behalf of The Sun’s Chief Reporter, and Chief Foreign Corresdent, 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. 

Patrick is also instructed pre-charge to advise individuals and companies.

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. He has recently been instructed in:

  • The defence of wide-ranging civil claim against the MPS (misfeasance, malicious procurement of search warrant, trespass, DPA, HRA);
  • Proceedings before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal arising from undercover policing (HRA, RIPA): Kate Wilson v MPS. 

Patrick also acts in confiscation, restraint, cash forfeiture and condemnation proceedings resisting the forfeiture of vehicles and excise goods to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; and has experience advising in relation to civil recovery proceedings.

Contempt Law

Patrick regularly acts in contempt matters, including recently

  • 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: 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 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

  • 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;
  • He was recently instructed in the review led by Richard Horwell QC into the circumstances of the collapse of the 2011 trial R v Mouncher & Others.

Licensing and Regulatory 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.