Tel: 0161 832 4036
Fax: 0161 832 0370
DX: 718200 Manchester 3

Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Patrick Cassidy (Deputy Head of Chambers)

Schools, Colleges & Universities

Patrick is a National Lead in Governance and Chair of Governors and will advise and represent in the following areas:

· Teacher misconduct, competence and capability
· School Governance, and impasse
· Head Teacher management
· Special Educational Needs / Tribunal hearings
· Behaviour Discipline and Safeguarding
· Admissions and Exclusions
· Governance Reviews
· Critical Incidents - incident management, Reviews/Independent Inquiries
· Seminars for leadership teams in schools, safeguarding Boards & LADO's


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.


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