Appointed Queens’ Counsel in 2017. Gareth is recommended as a Leading Junior in the fields of Crime and Fraud by both the Legal 500 2014 and Chambers and Partners. He is a former Treasury Counsel monitoree and has extensive experience of homicide and all other types of criminal work, both for the Prosecution and the Defence. He appears regularly in the Crown Court and in appellate proceedings. Gareth appeared in R v Asil Nadir, the alleged theft of nearly £29 million from the company, Polly Peck.

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Gareth has experience of terrorism cases and recently appeared in the trial of the Loughborough teenager charged with Columbine-style terrorist offences. Other recent cases include R v Mary Konye, which involved an alleged acid attack in Dagenham, and R v Lim, which involved an allegation of theft of diamonds from the former wife of the Sultan of Brunei. Gareth successfully defended one of the brokers charged in the SFO’s LIBOR-rigging prosecution. Gareth’s practice is not restricted to criminal litigation. He is instructed in advisory work and in cases of judicial review. Gareth has a particular interest in inquests and coronial law and was recently instructed in the inquests arising out of the 7/7 London bombings. He has a particular interest in extradition and has been recommended by Legal 500 for his “solid niche in extradition matters”. Before practising at the Bar, he was a commercial solicitor for the City law firm, Gouldens (now Jones Day).


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Criminal Litigation

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Gareth has wide experience of both prosecuting and defending in relation to homicide and the full range of criminal offences, at first instance and on appeal. He has been instructed by various prosecuting agencies including the Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the Department for Trade and Industry. He has appeared both as Leading and as Junior Counsel. Gareth has advised in an equally wide range of criminal cases. He has a particular interest in the law relating to internet obscenity and was recently appointed as an external inspector of the work of the Internet Watch Foundation.

Gareth has acted for the Attorney General in references of unduly lenient sentences and recently acted on an appeal for a prisoner convicted of murder after a trial involving the use of anonymous witnesses. Gareth has prosecuted and defended in many cases of murder and manslaughter, mainly at the Central Criminal Court. He was instructed in the prosecution of seven defendants who were convicted at the Old Bailey of the “honey trap” murder of 16 year-old Shakilus Townsend. He has advised and appeared in several cases of gross negligence manslaughter, involving health and safety, medical and death in custody issues and has been instructed in several prosecutions involving particular sensitivity and informant-handling issues. He advised in relation to the collision between the Marchioness and the Bowbelle and recently appeared in the trial of a temporary police worker accused of selling confidential information to the press.


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Gareth has been instructed both for the Prosecution (including SFO) and Defence in many cases of fraud. In R v Nadir he spent nearly one and a half years preparing the case, followed by a trial lasting some seven months and subsequent compensation proceedings. He appeared in the prosecution of a defendant charged with a multi-million pound film industry fraud; after a three-month trial she was convicted at Bristol Crown Court in March 2007. In R v Ozakpinar and Others, Gareth was instructed in an allegation of corruption arising out of the employment of consultants by a public body.

Gareth has increasingly been instructed as Leading Counsel, and led for the Defence in a case against a British diplomat charged with misconduct in a public office arising out of the dishonest grant of visas in the Philippines. He also has experience of appeals in relation to complicated Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) frauds before the First-Tier Tax Tribunal.

The LIBOR-rigging trial in which he is instructed is to begin in September 2015.

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

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Gareth has acted for requesting judicial authorities and governments as well as requested persons. He has appeared in many cases before the Administrative Court, and has a broad knowledge of the appellate process in extradition. Gareth acted for the defendant in relation to a US extradition request which, upon conviction, would result in a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. The Administrative Court expressed misgivings in rejecting the argument on Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and certified a point of law of general public importance: R (On the Application of Wellington) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 1109 (Admin). Gareth appeared in the subsequent appeal to the House of Lords ([2008] UKHL 72) and was instructed on the application to the European Court of Human Rights.

Inquests and Public inquiries

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Gareth has a particular interest in coronial law and appeared in the inquests arising out of 7/7 London bombings, acting on behalf of several of the bereaved families. In the High Court in R (on the application of O’Connor) v HM Coroner for Avon [2009] EWHC 854 (Admin) he obtained a fresh inquest in relation to the death of six year-old Liam Hogan, who was pushed from a balcony in Crete by his father.


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Gareth has been instructed in regulatory cases involving prosecutions brought by a range of government agencies. He has acted for HMRC in relation to appeals in respect of MTIC fraud.

Public and Administrative Law

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Gareth has appeared in judicial review applications and appeals, many involving human rights issues.


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  • Queen’s Counsel, 2017.
  • Court-appointed counsel to cross-examine a vulnerable complainant.


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University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) (Cantab)


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  • Lectures to firms of solicitors on various topics of criminal law and evidence.
  • Pupil supervisor
  • Central London Bar Mess (Former Secretary)

Notable cases

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Re A (Conjoined Twins)

The case of the ‘conjoined twins’ concerning necessity as a defence to a charge of murder.

Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 2003)

Concerning the elements of the common law offence of misconduct in a public office.

R v Holding

Concerning election expenses and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Attorney-General of the Cayman Islands v Randall

A case in which Lord Bingham set out the duties of prosecution counsel.

R v Lee

A case of self-defence and mistake of fact.

R v Perrin

Concerning internet obscenity and Articles 7 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

R v Mirza, Connor and Rollock

Addressing the admissibility of evidence from jurors as to alleged misconduct during deliberations.

Sheldrake v DPP

A leading authority on reverse onus provisions.

R v P (A Bankrupt)

A successful interlocutory appeal on a point of statutory construction of the Insolvency Act 1986.

R v Johnson

A Criminal Cases Review Commission referral, which resulted in a statement by Lord Woolf CJ as to the approach of the Court of Appeal to convictions which have been followed by changes in the law.

Attorney-General’s Reference (No 7 of 2000)

Concerning the privilege against self-incrimination, Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and pre-existing documents.

R v Nolan

A Criminal Cases Review Commission referral relating to a murder conviction, prior to the enactment of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, based on admissions made to the police.

Kila v Government of Sweden

Concerning the passage of time under the Extradition Act 1989.

Wellington v Government of USA

Concerning the extent of the duty of disclosure in extradition.

Azcarate v Government of USA

Concerning the passage of time under the Extradition Act 2003.

Dara v Public Prosecutor’s Office, Germany

An extradition case concerning nuclear weapons components.

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Emir of Qatar Blackmail Trial

Gareth Patterson was instructed in a blackmail trial involving photographs of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The trial resulted in convictions.

7 January

Gareth Patterson in acid throwing case

Gareth Patterson is appearing for the prosecution against Mary Konye for throwing acid in the face of Naomi Oni. The attack happened on 30 December 2012 and has left Miss Oni with significant...