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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Patrick Cassidy (Deputy Head of Chambers)


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 has been recommended by the marketplace in Chambers and partners and Legal 500 in Crime for the last decade

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.

He was has been very involved in Defending young defendants caught up in the gangland culture particularly but not exclusively in South Manchester over the Course of the last 30 years in cases of Murder manslaughter and Drugs conspiracy.

Patrick's criminal law practice includes:

• Murder and manslaughter
• Serious Organised Crime
• Serious Sexual Offences
• Gangland and violent crime
• Firearms and other offensive weapons
• Drugs offences and conspiracies
• Criminal fraud and proceeds of crime
• Death by dangerous/careless driving
• Mental health crime

Reported Cases

Notable Cases - Crime:

  • R v S (2019): Acquittal on Attempted Murder Charge following a violent incident with an axe. Press Coverage.
  • R v A (2019): Defending a Senior Prison Officer accused of manslaughter and failing to take reasonable care for the health & safety of others Press Coverage:
  • R v Maughan (2016) - Death by Dangerous Driving Case in Sheffield Crown Court - Press coverage
  • R v J (2016) - Firearms case where a 75 year old man, formerly the Secretary of a local gun club faces imprisonment for the possession of firearms stored at his home without appropriate licences.
  • M -Inquest into a suicide of a prisoner at HMP Wymott where he the prisoner had written a note of his intention to kill himself after notice of a transfer of wing was to go ahead .
  • 2015 Preston CC. R v Dal and others 13 week trial.Acquitted of murder
  • 2015 Manchester R v Mcgloughlin and others Importation of Class A
  • Noah Smith (2014) : 2 week, article 2 Inquest into a death at HMP Pentonville Prison
  • R v Percy [2012] : Misconduct in a Public Office
  • R v Stapley [2012] : Misconduct in a Public Office
  • R v H [2012] : Complainant Sex Case
  • R v McGee [2012] : Gross Negligence Manslaughter Allegation
  • Robin Hood Public House Murder [2010] : 5-week Murder Trial
  • R and Smith [2010] : £100M Importation of cocaine; 6-week multi-handed trial
  • R v Ellis [2010] : Knife Murder; 2-week trial
  • R v Summerfield [2010] : Head Teacher, Health & Safety Trial
  • R v Holland [2010] : Multi-handed massive importations of cannabis and cocaine; 6-week trial
  • R v F [2010] : Child Cruelty by two adoptive parents on two young girls; 2-week trial
  • R v B [2010] : Historic familial sexual abuse trial made by younger brothers against older brother; 2-week trial

Notable Cases - Court of Appeal:

  • Carlos Sanchez [2010] : Death by Dangerous Driving; reduction from 4 to 2 years

Notable Cases - Inquests & Inquiries:

  • Lisa Skidmore (2019) The two-week Article 2 inquest with jury into the death of Lisa Skidmore who was brutally murdered in her home by a convicted sex offender who had been released on license. The family of the deceased claimed the Police and the Probation Service missed opportunities for recall. Press Coverage.
  • Shannay Walker (2016) Instruction in the inquest of Shannay Walker aged 8 who died of her non accidental injuries in Nottingham. Press Coverage
  • Christopher Fields (2016) - Inquest at Stockport Coroner's Court on behalf of the family regarding the potential prevention of the Murder of a former servicemen. Press coverage
  • Global Construction limited (2015) : Building company allowing access to friend of owner who climbed into unsafe house under construction, fell and suffered catastrophic injuries. Fined 50k plus costs of 8k.
  • Noah Smith (2014) : 2 week, article 2 Inquest into a death at HMP Pentonville Prison


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the pilot Victim Advocacy Project in Murder and Manslaughter cases.