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Patrick Roche

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Patrick Roche
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
  "Several steps ahead of the game, but also very receptive to the insights of others"
Legal 500 2017


Patrick practises in criminal defence, public law, inquests and actions against the police. He also has an extensive appellate practice.


Patrick’s expertise spans a wide range of leading and heavy criminal cases.

His successes on appeal include R v. Otis Matthews 2006 EWCA Crim. 2759 in which he successfully quashed a conviction for murder on the basis that the previous legal team had wrongly advised the appellant on the waiver of privilege. The case establishes the important principle that waiver of privilege at the police station does not waive privilege more widely. In the case of Woods (2005) EWCA Crim. 3211, Patrick successfully quashed another murder conviction due to the absence of disclosure.


Patrick has extensive experience representing families of the deceased in inquests. Clients included Mohamed Al Fayed for eight years in relation to the inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed. He drafted the successful application for judicial review of the Coroner’s refusal to hold an inquest: R (aoa Paul) v Assistant Deputy Coroner of Inner West London [2007] EWHC 2721 (Admin).

For the past two years Patrick has been engaged in the Hillsborough Inquests as one of the leading counsel for 77 families who lost relatives in the disaster. He also appeared for them at the High Court hearing in 2012 which successfully quashed the original inquests. He is continuing to advise the families in relation to the ongoing criminal investigations into the disaster.

Public Law

Patrick has acted successfully in a wide range of challenges to the actions of government departments and local authorities.

He has also represented many kinship carers who have brought challenges against local authorities who have refused to acknowledge the children they are caring for as “looked after” children and/or discriminated against them.

Patrick has also acted in successful challenges against the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a number of police forces, and the Test and County Cricket Board.

What others say

“A no-nonsense, fearless advocate, who fights tirelessly for his clients.”
Legal 500 2016

“An expert in police law.”
Legal 500 2015

“He is totally calm at all times, and patient and courteous where others would lose their temper.” “He is very knowledgeable and his advocacy is very good.”
Chambers UK 2015

“Extremely thorough, knowledgeable and reliable.”
Legal 500 2014

A leading name in police action work who regularly appears at the Court of Appeal, Patrick Roche “can weave his way through a complex web of satellite cases and can explain things to a vulnerable client in a condensed and manageable way.” “A great all-rounder and an excellent advocate. His written work is detailed and straightforward, and he turns papers around quickly.”
Chambers UK 2014

“Very approachable and thorough.”
Chambers UK 2013

“an effective opponent who comes into his own before a jury” “always gives 100%”.
Chambers UK 2013

“Provides enormously comprehensive advice on novel and extremely complex areas of law.”
Legal 500 2012

“Unwavering commitment to clients and impressive tactical acumen.”
Chambers UK 2011

“a fantastic practitioner with a lot of common sense.”
Chambers UK 2009

Patrick is ranked as a Leading Junior in the field of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the Legal 500 2015.

Significant cases


R v Middlecote & others
A landmark appeal against sentence in a confiscation case.

R v Ashar Manchester Crown Court (2012)

Historic sexual abuse.

R v Micheala, Harrow Crown Court (2012)

£14 million fraud.

R v Silcott, Croydon Crown Court(2012)

Multiple armed robberies.

R v Chana, Kingston Crown Court (May/June 2009)

Largest ever importation of heroin into the UK.

R v Atehortua, Central Criminal Court (January – March 2009)


R v Patel, Croydon Crown Court (2008)

£2 million conspiracy to defraud banks.

R v Harris, Manchester Crown Court (2007-8)
Conspiracy to kidnap.

R v Otis Matthews, Chester Crown Court and Liverpool Crown Court (June/September 2007)

Two re-trials in a murder case.

R v Woods, Manchester Crown Court (2006)

R v Gordon, Manchester Crown Court (2005)

Conspiracy to murder.

R v Tony Blair, Stafford Crown Court (2004)


R v Lattlay-Fottfoy, Preston Crown Court (2004-5): Kidnap; Woolwich Crown Court (2003): Drug importation.

Mr Lattlay-Fottfoy was the subject of the film and TV program “A Very British Gangster”.

R v Sachchitanathan, Central Criminal Court (2003)

Murder case.

Police actions

C + S v MOD (2012)
Recent successes include favourable settlement v Ministry of Defence for malicious prosecution of two soldiers charged with conspiracy to murder.

Ijebuode v The Chief Constable of Dorset Police & Others (2010)
Discrimination and malicious prosecution claim.

X + Y v Greater Manchester Police
Award of £120,000 for breach of confidence.

Award of £80,000 v Metropolitan Police arising out of Operation Jackpot.

S v South Yorkshire Police
Award of £180,000 arising out of the miners’ strike.


Inquests into the Hillsborough Disaster (2014 – 2016)

Tabraiz Mahmood Preston Coroner’s Court (2012)
Representing the family of a prisoner who took his own life.

Dylan Kemp Croydon Coroner’s Court (2012)

Representing the family of a soldier who took his own life shortly after his return from Afghanistan.

Public law

Attorney General v Her Majesty’s Coroner for South Yorkshire (West) 2012 EWHC 3783 (Admin)
Patrick acted for 77 Families  who had lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster in a successful application to the Administrative Court to quash the decision of the original inquests that the deceased had died as the result of an accident.

SA v KCC [2011] ECWA Civ. 1303
Patrick succeeded in the Court of Appeal in a landmark case establishing the principle that kinship carers ought to be treated in the same way as other foster carers when a local authority places a child with them.


Before joining Garden Court Chambers in October 2013, Patrick was Joint Head of Chambers with Michael Mansfield QC at Tooks Chambers. Since 2005, Patrick has been sitting as a Recorder. Patrick is a member of the Inquest Lawyers Group, the Police Actions Lawyers Group and the Criminal Bar Association.