Michael Patrick

Call: 2014

Michael joined Chambers in September 2017, following successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Nick Peacock, Joshua Munro and Simon Wilton. During this time, Michael experienced a wide range of Chambers’ practice areas, including professional negligence, clinical negligence, regulatory, commercial and costs matters.

Michael has substantial oral advocacy experience, having acted in over five hundred hearings as a solicitors’ agent prior to pupillage. Such hearings included:

  • small claims
  • default and summary judgment applications
  • infant approval, bankruptcy and possession hearings

While under the supervision of Joshua Munro and Simon Wilton, Michael drafted statements of case, advices and pre-action letters for a wide variety of claims arising from under-settlements, loss of litigation, negligent conveyancing and defective advice. His experience includes claims against solicitors, barristers, valuers, trustees, insolvency practitioners and financial advisers. Michael particularly relishes cases involving complex points of law, and was recently instructed to advise on the scope of the duty of care arising from articles published on the internet.

Michael is particularly keen to develop his medical law practice, having worked for a year as a student statistician at NHS Blood and Transplant during his undergraduate degree, and having excelled in his LLM in medical law, achieving both a distinction and the Oxford University Press Law Prize for academic excellence.

During pupillage, Michael was exposed to a vast array of clinical negligence disputes involving both high and low-value claims against NHS Trusts and individual practitioners. He also assisted Nick Peacock in Hague v Dalzell [2016] EWHC 2753 (QB), a claim against two GPs which proceeded to trial on causation grounds. Michael is comfortable drafting particulars of claim, defences, schedules and counter-schedules, as well as advising on merits and quantum.

Michael has a wide range of practical commercial law experience, having been instructed in:

  • numerous bankruptcy hearings, including applications to annul bankruptcy orders and set aside statutory demands
  • contractual debt small claims involving car parking charges, adequacy of supplied goods and interpretation of employment contracts
  • numerous mortgage possession and application hearings

Furthermore, Michael was recently instructed to draft a defence and advise on prospects in a contractual debt claim arising out of a litigation funding agreement. He has also gained experience of insurance coverage disputes, applications for security for costs and freezing orders.

During pupillage, Michael gained experience of regulatory proceedings against dentists, opticians, nurses and pharmacists, and he assisted Nicholas Peacock with various proceedings brought by the GDC.

Michael is very familiar with RTA personal injury claims, having been instructed in numerous RTA small claims, disposal and infant approval hearings. He has recently developed his expertise in credit hire claims, and he recently acted in a fast track trial where both liability and quantum were disputed.


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Bath (2012): First (ranked 3rd in year)
  • GDL, Nottingham Law School (2013): Distinction
  • BPTC, Nottingham Law School (2014): Very Competent
  • LLM in Medical Law, University of Kent (2016): Distinction

Awards and Prizes

  • Oxford University Press Law Prize, University of Kent (2016)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2012)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • BPTC Scholarship, Nottingham Law School (2013)
  • GDL Scholarship, Nottingham Law School (2012)
  • 1 High Pavement Plea in Mitigation winner, 1 High Pavement (2014)

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