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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
Salford
Manchester
M3 6AJ

Patrick Cassidy (Deputy Head of Chambers)

Professional Discipline

Patrick Cassidy has a wealth of experience and national reach in reputation management and representing Professionals such as Doctors, Headteachers and Deputies, Senior Social workers and Nurses before their Disciplinary bodies.

His interest began in this area when representing numerous professionals such as Teachers, Nurses and Train Guards in gross negligence manslaughter cases and realised how the working environment can expose individual professionals to the full force of the Law and for the individual concerned to feel very alone.

Working with a solicitor base that is both nationally based as well as solicitors in the North west he has built up a varied regulatory practice which includes regular appearances in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. Cases this year include a Registrar who had attended who had attended an interview for a Consultants post without having passed one of the examinations. Another was a radiologist who had faced criminal allegations and then a referral to Tribunal as a consequence of his plea of guilty to sexual offences. Other cases this year have included actions in the domestic sphere which resurfaced as safeguarding issues for the children of the GPs. One other interesting case concerned a registrar who was about to conduct an amputation of a limb but did not fully review the consent issue.
Often instructions flow initially to represent in inquest proceedings and thereafter in MPTS.
All of these cases impressed upon the need for early assessment as the early work of remediation is vital if either impairment or further disciplinary sanction is to be avoided.

His work with the Teaching profession began when he became the Chair of Governors of an Inner city High School in Manchester and he spent 11 years at the school involved in its rejuvenation for which in 2014 he was named a National Lead in governance.
He in this role has carried out investigations into attendance data deficit to safeguarding reviews of other schools .He well understands the challenges of leadership and management and has represented heads and deputies in a variety of Court and Tribunal settings.

Reported Cases

Notable Cases - Crime:

  • 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
  • R v Broughton [2009] : Murder of a 17-year old drug supplier by an addict.  Attack with knife and hammer.
  • Operation Vermont [2009] : 6-week multi-handed Murder
  • R v Michael Smales [2009] : Murder allegation.  Husband who was in a psychotic state was accused of killing his wife by beating her with a paving slab.
  • R v Soon [2009] : Confiscation proceedings
  • Operation Moruga [2009] : Police operation into allegations of Gooch Gang.  Possession of firearms with intent to endanger life
  • R v Decieco & Others [2009] : Conspiracy to Rob, including the attempted robbery of cash vans
  • R v Ansell Reid [2008] : Attempted Murder; allegation of pouring petrol over ex-partner and trying to set her alight
  • R v Tarik Khalik & Others [2008] : Kidnap and Blackmail; 3-month retrial on kidnap and blackmail
  • R and LS Edwards [2007] : Operation Corkscrew; Gangland, firearms and ammunition
  • R and T Khaliq [2007] : 8-week Kidnap and Robbery Trial
  • R v Ellis [2007] : Leading Junior Counsel in this 17-complainant historic sexual abuse case
  • R v Noonan & Others [2006] : Deerbolt Prison Mutiny
  • R and Haughton and Savage [2006] : Attempted Murder
  • R and S Grainger [2005] : Attempted Murder x 4 and Armed Robbery
  • R and G McKay & Others [2005] : Possession of Mach 10 sub-machine gun
  • R v Adetoro, Dixon & Dennis : Rochdale shooting case
  • R v Aru : Gross Negligence Manslaughter trial of Nurse accused of killing child patient
  • R v Weaver : Gross Negligence Manslaughter trial of diving teacher accused of killing student diver
  • R v Ellis : Gross Negligence Manslaughter trial of teacher accused of killing pupil
  • R v Flannery, Noonan & Others : Gangland Murder; 5-handed Murder Trial and gangland shooting at the Penny Black Public House, Manchester
  • Gooch, Doddington and Pit Bull : Gang trials in conspiracy to possess firearms with intent
  • R v Wroe and Others : The larget importation of firearms into the UK

Notable Cases - Court of Appeal:

  • Carlos Sanchez [2010] : Death by Dangerous Driving; reduction from 4 to 2 years
  • Sajid Shah [2004] : Successful appeal against Murder conviction
  • R v Siddiqi & Others EWCA Crim 1119 : Burnley riot, sentence reduced from 2 years to 14 months
  • R v Bendris Cr. App R(S) Benefit Fraud : 15 months reduced to 10
  • R v Brizzi Cr. App R(S) Possession of Firearm : Sentence reduced from 4 years to 2.5 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
  • Hilda Merrill [2009] : Nurse injected 4 times appropriate dose of Diamorphine into an elderly patient
  • Airedale Hospital Trust [2009] : Inquiry into the deaths of patients at the hand of a Nurse accused of injecting them with opiates.  Representing Senior Manager.
  • Gas explosion at British Sugar Factory [2008] : Multi-party Inquest into a gas boiler explosion at the British Sugar Factory in Allscott
  • Ayub [2008] : Inquest into the death of a mental patient whilst in custody
  • O'Donahue [2007] : Inquest into death in police/ambulance custody.  Article 2 engaged.

Publications

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