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Patrick Lawrence QC


Chambers & Partners 2016 describe Patrick as "very good at carrying vulnerable clients through a difficult process. He explains regulatory requirements and how best to deal with issues." "He's a wonderful advocate and a very bright chap."

Legal 500, 2015: His charming and rather urbane style always goes down well’. Chambers and Partners 2014: “a class act who is very user-friendly”; 2013  "very bright" with a "huge ability to take in massive amounts of detail in very complex cases and make them straightforward."

He has appeared for solicitors and surveyors in front of their professional disciplinary bodies on numerous occasions.   In the last 4 years he has been retained in disciplinary matters involving accountants/auditors, solicitors, barristers, a handwriting expert, a psychologist and a county councillor.  He has advised on judicial review remedies in this field and has been concerned in judicial review applications against the Bar Council and the ICAEW.  He is very familiar with issues arising where a complainant has delayed unreasonably before lodging the complaint.  He has been frequently been retained by the JDS/ AADB/FRC (the bodies charged with investigating public interest allegations against the auditors of public companies) to conduct substantial complaints against auditors and accountants in business.

He has recently (2013) acted in judicial review proceedings against the ICAEW concerning a complaint against a chartered accountant (Crookenden v ICAEW); and in the first matter to go before the Disciplinary Committee of the Insolvency Practitioners Association for a number of years.