- Location: West Yorkshire & Manchester
- Role: Supervising Solicitor
- Practice Area: Criminal Defence & Prison Law
Patricia joined GT Stewart in early 2018 after working for many years at several respected criminal defence firms. She holds her Higher Rights of Audience which allows her to defend clients as their cases progress through the criminal justice system. She has litigated on the full range of criminal cases and has a particular interest in representing young clients in the Youth Court.
She is an excellent communicator, well respected by colleagues and clients alike, and her love of the job does not diminish with time. Her interest in working within the prison law field allows her to ensure all clients receive the best possible service even at the conclusion of their criminal case.
She supervises a team of solicitors at both the Leeds and Manchester office all of whom have excellent records of securing positive results for their clients, with a strong emphasis in client care.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
- LLM Masters in Law (A critical analysis of the offence of Corporate Manslaughter)
- Higher Rights of Audience (Civil & Criminal)
- Duty Solicitor
- Legal Practice Course
- LLB (Hons)
Client: R v O
Acting as defence solicitor for a female client with mental health issues charged with assaulting two police officers. Effective representations to the Crown on the morning of the first hearing resulted in the case being discontinued. The client is now seeking compensation for false imprisonment and assault against the same police officers.
Client: R v B (& another)
Acting as a defence solicitor for a youth charged with over £100,000 worth damage following an arson. Taking full instructions and preparing legal arguments throughout the court process. The trial was listed for two days. Patricia successfully argued that there was no case to answer. The youth was acquitted.
Client: R v H (& another)
Acting as defence solicitor for two male defendants charged with assaulting a female police officer. Patricia immediately started a serious of court applications seeking further information, taking full instructions from a number of defence witnesses and preparing a two day trial at the Magistrates’ Court. Both defendants were acquitted after trial after she was able to show that the police officer had used her CF spray indiscriminately against both the defendants.
Client: Doncaster Council v C
Acting as duty solicitor and defence solicitor for a defendant charged with fly-tipping. The evidence in the case was challenged by Patricia who advised the defendant to choose trial by jury. The case was discontinued by the Local Authority after the first hearing at the Crown Court.
Client: R v C
Acting as duty solicitor and defence solicitor for a client at the police station under arrest on suspicion of Joint Enterprise Murder. The defendant was interviewed over four days and several appearance before the Magistrates’ Court prior to charge. The Defendant appreciated that Patricia was able to represent her throughout her case and ensuring she received the appropriate level of care as she was withdrawing from Class A drugs.
Client: R v S
Acting as defence solicitor for a defendant charged with Rape. Patricia was able to persuade the prosecution that the evidence was insufficient to secure a conviction and the CPS discontinued the case at the Crown Court.
Client: R v T
Patricia acted for a defendant arrested on suspicion of the Murder of his girlfriend. She was able to reassure the client that based on his instructions the case would not proceed to criminal proceedings. The client was ultimately released without charge after it emerged that the cause of death was due to an unusual blood disorder.