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