Top Ranked in Legal 500 2012-2021:
Patrick Cassidy has been recommended by the Legal 500 for his Criminal and Inquest practice since 2012. ‘Impressive, client-focused and accessible' and ‘Patrick Cassidy is a highly experienced inquest advocate with particular experience of Article 2 inquests and of jury inquests, who keeps abreast of developments in Coronial law and practice and who presents his submissions in a persuasive and authoritative manner. He is well known as Counsel who undertakes such work in complex cases.'
The market recognises Patrick Cassidy as a criminal defence advocate and regulatory practitioner with experience and flair in jury cases of national prominence and seriousness.
The range of cases also makes him unique, running as it does from serious crime and Article 2 inquests into death in custody cases to criminal appeals and civil actions against the police. The common theme is the presence of the jury and his inclination to support the less powerful. He is happy to receive instructions via the direct access scheme in appropriate cases.
Patrick is a National Lead in Governance and Chair of Governors. He has developed a specialism which attracts demand from School Heads, Local Authorities, teachers and Chairs of governors.
A review of the cases he has been involved in reflects the changing social and racial landscape of the North West over the last 35 years of practice and his interest in cases in which the citizen encounters the power of the state, whether it be the Miners, Printers, Animal Rights Activists or the Asian communities of Oldham or Burnley.
Top Ranked by Chambers & Partners 2013-2021:
A highly capable criminal defence advocate with a broad practice encompassing the full spectrum of serious general and financial crime. He has experience of the most complex and challenging cases including sexual offences, child abuse and gangland crime. He also handles cases concerning police misconduct and deaths in custody.
Strengths: "An excellent jury advocate."
Recent work: Successfully defended a number of prison officers against charges of misconduct in a public office, after a prisoner died in their custody on the way to court.
Patrick commenced the Kenworthy's Lecture Series in 1997 which continues annually to date, and he is passionate that Kenworthy's develop a first class professional development culture.
I owe you my sincere gratitude for your professional representation, support and relentless pursuit for the truth. After a couple of years of feeling rather low, you empowered me during the inquest and have made me believe that I did the right thing all those years ago. - Inquest Client, 2017
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