Patricia Pratt

Patricia Pratt

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0151 243 6000

Year of call: 1991

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Patricia Pratt read law at Liverpool University and was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1991 having received a pre-pupillage Bursary from the Inn to study the Bar Vocational Course. Patricia is a specialist Family Law practitioner. She has extensive experience of children cases including public law (care) and private law and personal protection work (injunctions). She has practised exclusively in this field since 1994. Patricia has represented a whole range of litigants during her time at the Bar which include Local Authorities, parents, children, Children’s Guardians, the Official Solicitor and Hospital Trusts.

Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Northern Circuit

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Public Law

    Patricia has acted in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court in cases concerning serious non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, alcohol & drug abuse, neglect, mental illness and secure accommodation orders. Patricia has been Junior Counsel in cases concerning child death and serious non-accidental injuries. Such cases involved many parties and the issues were considerably complex.

    Children’s Guardian

    Patricia has represented children via their Guardian and represented children themselves when they have been assessed as having the capacity to give direct instructions in both Private and Public Law proceedings in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court & High Court.

    Parents

    Patricia has appeared for parents in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Patricia has considerable experience in and has regularly appeared in cases involving removal of children from their parents under care orders, placement orders and adoption orders.

    Private Law

    Patricia has been involved in many cases concerning parents’ disputes over how much time each shall spend with the children and where the children shall reside. Her experience includes disputes relating to a child’s name, schooling, religion, medical treatment and removal from the jurisdiction cases. In addition, Patricia has appeared in many injunction cases involving domestic violence.

    Cases

    Re R 1993: This matter was a Private Law case involving 3 children who resided with their Mother. The Father wanted the children to reside with him and for the Mother to have no contact to the children. The Father represented himself for the majority of the proceedings. He pursued the matter to the Court of Appeal where his case was dismissed.

    Re P 2000: This matter involved a decision whether to discontinue medical treatment for a seriously ill baby. The parents were in conflict with the medical staff over this issue. It was heard in the High Court. Patricia represented the Local Authority in whose area the child was residing.

    Re K 2001: Patricia represented a Hospital Trust which it was alleged had provided faulty equipment which had caused or contributed to the baby’s injuries. The High Court dismissed the claims against the Hospital and found that the Father had been responsible for the child’s injuries.

    Re T 2008: Patricia represented a Local Authority in this case which was heard in the High and involved the death of a very young baby. The case centred around who was responsible for this and involved a large amount of contradictory and complex medical information and also surveillance recordings of the parents made after the incident by the police. Findings were made against the parents after a lengthy contested hearing involving evidence from the doctors involved with the child.

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