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Denise Fitzpatrick

Year of Call: 2000

Denise Fitzpatrick is a Criminal Barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers specialises in

Denise Fitzpatrick is a Criminal Barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers who is ranked tier 1 by the Legal 500 and accepts direct public access. She has been a member of Kenworthy's Chambers since 2002.

Prior to joining Kenworthy's Chambers, Denise was a legal advisor at Dorset and Lancashire Magistrates Courts. She trained at Dorset Magistrates Court under Dorset's Chief Executive and Clerk to the Justices, Anthony Draycott, who at that time also edited Stone's Justices' Manual.

In addition to her practice, Denise is also a pupil supervisor at Kenworthy’s Chambers.

Criminal Law

Criminal Barrister Denise Fitzpatrick is recognised as a leading junior on the northern circuit. She has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending a wide range of serious and complex criminal cases.

Her attention to detail and capacity for hard work has secured her a reputation for consistently outstanding work. Those features, coupled with her commitment to providing the highest standards of client care, attract instructions from a broad range of clients.

Denise Fitzpatrick's Criminal Law practice covers fraud, violent crime, murder, and sexual offences. She also has expertise in taxi licensing, public interest immunity and restraining orders.

If you have a Crime case you need advice or advocacy for, call our Criminal Clerk Paul Mander on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected] or fill out our contact form.

Public Access

For appropriate Criminal Law cases, Denise Fitzpatrick will accept instructions from the general public on a direct access basis.

Please refer to the below pricing range for Public Access Barrister services. Prices are subject to case type, complexity and seniority or experience of the Barrister. Accurate quotes will be provided before work on the case begins.

Magistrates
Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £75 to £200 + VAT
Court Attendance (Day Rate): £300 to £1000 + VAT
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £100 to £125 + VAT

Crown Court
Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £100 to £250 + VAT
Trial Attendance (Day 1): £1000 to £4000
(Additional days) £500 to £1500 + VAT
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £125 to £250 + VAT
Pre-Trial & Post-Trial hearings: £300 to £1000 + VAT

Court of Appeal & High Court
Services Cost
Advice and Preparation (Hourly Rate): £150 to £300 + VAT
Court Attendances (Day Rate): £1000 to £4000 + VAT
Conferences (Hourly Rate): £125 to £250 + VAT

*These price ranges are based on local courts; other courts will incur a travel charge.

Please contact our Senior Criminal Clerk, Paul Mander ([email protected]) for further information.

+ Notable Cases
Cases Concerning Sexual Offences

  • R v BS [October 2019] Represented the prosecution in the Court of Appeal responding to an appeal against sentence concerning the approach to be taken when sentencing historic sexual offences where since the date of the commission of the instant offences the appellant had twice committed and been sentenced for similar offences. The appellant's appeal was dismissed.
  • R v E [2017] Acquittal of a man accused of rape in a multi-defendant grooming trial.
  • R v T [2017] Prosecution of a man convicted after trial of historic sexual assaults.
  • R v Y [2016] Acquittal after trial of a woman accused of sexual assault by penetration.
  • R v D [2016] Acquittal after a successful submission of no case to answer of a man accused of rape and other sexual offences in a multi-defendant grooming trial.
  • R v A [2015] Successful defence of a man accused of raping a woman who had learning difficulties.
  • R v T [2014] Acquittal of a man accused of historic offences of rape in the early 1990s.
  • R v W [2014] Successful prosecution at Carlisle Crown Court of a man accused of sexual assaults on a child in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • R v A [2013] Acquittal after trial of a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger.
  • R v C [2013] Successful prosecution of a man convicted after trial of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
  • R v N [2010] Acquittal of a 14-year-old boy accused of raping a 13-year old girl, in which reports were obtained from nine expert witnesses.
  • R v W [2007] without a leader, prosecuted a trial in which the defendant, who was accused of a sexual assault, was represented by a member of Queen's Counsel.

Cases Concerning Serious Crime

  • R v T [2020] Prosecution of a man convicted of being concerned in the production of cannabis at three separate locations which were described by the sentencing judge as all professional operations.
  • R v M [2018] Representation of a man accused of attempted murder whose guilty plea to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm was accepted by the prosecution.
  • R v C [2018] Representation of a seventeen-year-old involved in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • R v NK [2017] Successful defence of a woman who was accused of controlling or coercive behaviour in a family relationship.
  • R v MT [2017] Successful defence of a woman accused of holding people in slavery or servitude and benefit fraud.
  • R v B [2017] Successful defence of a sixteen-year-old boy who was accused of rape and sexual assault.
  • R v W [2017] Led by Mark George QC, represented a man accused of murder whose guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted by the prosecution.
  • R v I [2017] Prosecution of a man convicted after trial of conspiracy to burgle high-performance cars.
  • R v MB [2017] Prosecution of a man convicted after trial of armed robbery.
  • R v Freeman [2017] EWCA Crim 103: Represented a client whose case was the subject of an application by the Attorney General for leave under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to refer to the Court of Appeal his sentence as being unduly lenient.
  • R v M and Others [2015] Successful defence of a man accused of conspiracy to hold a person in slavery or servitude, intentionally arranging or facilitating the entry into the United Kingdom of an individual intending to exploit her on her arrival and a count of facilitating a false marriage which facilitated a breach of immigration law.
  • R v H [2015] Prosecution of a man convicted after trial of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
  • R v S [2014] Successful defence trial of a man accused with four co-defendants of serious assaults including causing grievous bodily harm with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
  • R v D [2014] Following service of various applications to adduce business records as hearsay evidence, the prosecution offered no evidence in respect of six allegations of domestic violence assaults.
  • R v K, H and A [2014] Prosecution of people sentenced in respect of offences of conspiracy and assisting unlawful immigration involving 'Sham Marriages'.
  • R v R, F and S [2013] Prosecution of three defendants convicted after trial at Burnley Crown Court for a series of assaults and witness intimidation.
  • R v Baldacchino [2012] EWCA Crim 1394: Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against sentence of an offence of conspiracy to burgle.
  • R v K [2010] A prosecution trial at Manchester Crown Court where the defendant was convicted of producing cannabis on a commercial scale and subsequent productive application for confiscation pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • R v S [2010] Successful defence trial of a woman accused of wounding a man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. Director of Public Prosecutions v Howard [2008] EWHC 608 [Admin] Prosecuted an appeal by way of case stated concerning the definition of 'racially aggravated'.
  • R v B [2006] Defence of a man who had pleaded guilty to stealing an extremely high number of rare and valuable books from the Central Reference Library in Manchester. He avoided immediate imprisonment and received a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
  • DPP v James Meakin [2006] EWHC 1067 (Admin) A successful appeal by way of case stated in which Denise FitzPatrick was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service. The appeal concerned issues of law regarding abuse of process and the admissibility of hearsay evidence.

Cases Concerning Appeals

  • R v L [2020] EWCA Crim 420 Renewed application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal. The case concerned the admissibility of hearsay evidence in a historic case.
  • R v BS [October 2019] Represented the prosecution in the Court of Appeal responding to an appeal against sentence concerning the approach to be taken when sentencing historic sexual offences where since the date of the commission of the instant offences the appellant had twice committed and been sentenced for similar offences. The appellant's appeal was dismissed.
  • R v F [2017] EWCA Crim 103: Represented a client whose case was the subject of an application by the Attorney General for leave under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to refer to the Court of Appeal his sentence as being unduly lenient.
  • Berg v Salford City Council [2013] EWHC 2599 (Admin) Represented Salford City Council, the respondent, in an appeal by way of case stated concerning a notice served by the respondent pursuant to section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. All eight questions of law were answered by the Administrative Court in favour of the submissions made on behalf of Salford City Council.
  • R v J [2011] Application for judicial review concerning a decision to remand a man in custody.
  • Director of Public v Howard [2008] EWHC 608 (Admin) Prosecuted an appeal by way of case stated concerning the definition of 'racially aggravated'.
  • DPP v James Meakin [2006] EWHC 1067 (Admin) A successful appeal by way of case stated in which Denise FitzPatrick was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service. The appeal concerned issues of law regarding abuse of process and the admissibility of hearsay evidence.

Cases Concerning Fraud Offences

  • R v XL [2020] Prosecution of a man who was convicted of fraudulent evasion of VAT and income tax.
  • R v MM [2019] Successful defence of a woman who was acquitted of conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by false representation. The alleged offences concerned multiple fraudulent applications for loans, credit cards and mobile telephones. In the fifth week of the trial at Chester Crown Court, the trial judge found no case to answer against the client.
  • R v RA [2019] Prosecution of a woman who was convicted of facilitating a breach of immigration law between 2012 and 2017.
  • R v F [2016] Successful defence of a man accused of making dishonest representations with a view to obtain payments and benefits from the National Asylum Support Service. The central evidence in the trial was excluded following legal argument pursuant 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 with the result the prosecution offered no evidence.
  • R v S [2016] Prosecution of a man convicted after trial of twenty-two counts of fraud and false accounting.
  • R v C [2015] Successful defence trial of a woman accused of obtaining leave to enter and remain in the United Kingdom by deception, possession of a false identity document and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception. A defence witness gave oral evidence over a video link from Karachi, Pakistan.
+ Qualifications
  • Queen Mother's Scholar when studying the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, London.
  • Denise Fitzpatrick achieved an LL.B. in Law at Lancaster University.
+ Professional Memberships
  • Denise Fitzpatrick is an approved advocate on Level 3 of the Crown Prosecution Service's advocate panel for general crime.
  • Member of the URC Law and Polity Advisory Group.
  • Responsible Authorized Person for Marriages and Civil Partnership Registrar.

Contact Us

To check the availability of Criminal Barrister Denise Fitzpatrick for your Crime case call our Criminal Clerk Paul Mander on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], or fill out our contact form.

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