Top Ranked in Legal 500 2012-2021
Peer barristers praise Kenworthy's Chambers' 'unflappable' Patrick Cassidy for his hard work and empathetic nature which is 'no doubt a reassuring presence for clients in difficult cases'. Cassidy is a highly experienced practitioner, particularly in Article 2 inquiries. He is a go-to for death in custody cases, prisoners who kill while on license, as well as failures in medical treatment of patients in care homes and hospitals.
Patrick Cassidy has a developed speciality in representing properly interested persons in Inquests arising out of default in a number of public sector settings namely Police, Prisons, and the Education sector. He is familiar in the high emotional temperature of inquests and the presence of a jury whether by reason of Article 2 issues or by application of Section 7 of the Coroners and justice Act 2009.
Senior Managers requiring protective advice and representation particularly when there is a potential conflict with their organisation that is emerging as well as families who require a thorough and wholehearted search for the truth are his particularly niche.
His health and safety pedigree extends over numerous defence trials involving Gross Negligence Manslaughter cases and Misconduct in a Public Office. He established with Salford university in 2007 a ground breaking 4 day Health and Safety Course and has lectured extensively on the subject including a lecture to the local govt Association annual conference on Corporate Manslaughter.
Patrick appears in the Legal 500 2018 as a tier 1 Inquest practitioner in the North West and also appears in Chambers and Partners as recommended in Crime.
He accepts direct access instructions.
Sandwell and Dudley Coroners Court (2019) - Two week Article 2 Inquest in to death of nurse Lisa Skidmore. Case of national importance. Probation and Police offender managers criticised. Transforming rehabilitation criticised. National systemic failures unearthed. Representing senior Probation officer managing murderer released into community after serving IPP for Rape.
Doncaster Coroners Court (2019) - Two week Article 2 Inquest in relation to failures of system to properly observe vulnerable prisoner who committed suicide, Coroner in pfd report asks for greater training for officers in relation to their observation duties. Case of national importance in terms of observation of vulnerable prisoners.
Stockport Coroners Court (2019) - One week representing family dealing with failures of care home managing vulnerable patient with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. PFD on the lack of guidance of observation systems applicable to epileptics in care homes referred to NICE. Coroner found observation systems at the home to be fundamentally flawed.
Stockport Coroners Court (2019) - Jury inquest into death from Scaffold fall 8 day hearing into death in fall from height of roofer. Sub-contractor/principal contractor argument as to causation. Representing sub-contractor.
Nottingham Inquest (2017) - 3 week non-jury inquest into death of an 8 year old at the hands of her step parent. Multiple agencies involved and represented. Representing Assistant head separately from school. My client Head of Safeguarding and allegations that school did not report to Social Care the nature and extent of bruising found on regular basis. Judgement finds client exonerated and Head teacher referred to teaching council for inter alia safeguarding failure.
Preston Inquest (2017) - 2 week Article 2 jury prison suicide of young short term prisoner with history of depression. Client Prison officer who had asserted that he had asked Governor to move prisoner from wing the evening before his suicide placing him in conflict with the prison case.
Wakefield Inquest (2017) - 2 week jury inquest representing Prison Officer who had failed to regularly monitor a prisoner on an ACCT whilst in segregation. Relied upon rule against self-incrimination upon advice.
Leicester Inquest (2017) - 3 day non-jury Representing Teacher in Hospital school whose pupil had autism and was refusing to attend. Depressive symptoms. Questions over the effectiveness of inter-agency work between CAMHS and school before suicide at home.
Manchester Inquest (2016) - Advising parents whose only son committed suicide at University upon the adequacy of pastoral and medical care.
ACCT Regime Advice (2016) - Advised Prison officers Association upon new proposals from NOMS to reorganise ACCT regime.
Stockport Inquest (2016) - 1 week Representing family of war veteran murdered in his own flat after Police had permitted murderer (not known to them as the assailant at that stage) to enter house after an initial assault had occasioned their presence. Left him with deceased to wait for ambulance .Thereafter brutally attacked by murderer. Submissions on the applicability of Article 2 to the inquest rejected.
Liverpool Inquest (2015) - 3 week jury Inquest involving suicide of teacher in prison after allegations of child abuse had been made. Prison officer represented in conflict with prison case.
Burnley Inquest (2015) - Non jury one day represented family wanting to challenge the cessation of police investigations on an overdose of heroin death of teenager with special educational needs. Coroner after submissions sends case back to Police after examination of partner who was a drug addict to investigate possible manslaughter.
St Pancras Inquest (2015) - 7 day jury inquest in to death of prisoner in Pentonville prison. Conflict between officers of differing ranks as to sequence of events on ACCT document.
Airedale hospital Trust Inquiry (2014) - representing former Chief Executive after the multiple deaths of patients due to the activities of senior nurse on night duty
Rochdale Inquest (2011) - Jury inquest 5 weeks into restraint death at secure hospital. Representing staff member who had been one of a number in a struggle with patient shortly before death through asphyxiation.
Manchester Inquest (2007) - 2 week jury inquest representing ambulance man who refused to take patient who had overdosed on a drug he shouldn't have been prescribed and assaulted the ambulance men before collapsing at the scene and taken to hospital by the police. Dead upon arrival at Hospital. Doctor who proscribed referred to CPS for Prosecution review.
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