Patrick is a commercially driven business lawyer who has over 25 years’ experience of a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, in particular the purchase and sale of, and investment in, private companies and businesses usually acting for entrepreneurs.
He has also acted for many overseas companies with businesses or subsidiaries in England and Wales including listed companies in the USA, Australia, France and Hong Kong. He has recently acted on the merger of an English design company (with subsidiaries in Australia and Hong Kong) with the design subsidiaries of an overseas conglomerate; based in Hong Kong and the USA.
Patrick advises on company and group reorganisations, own share purchases, demergers and shareholder/director relationships (such as shareholders’ agreements, options, articles of association), partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships and other commercial contracts. He also takes a keen interest in the law of intellectual property as many of his clients are focused on web based business. In this connection he has recently been acting on the incorporation of property developers’ businesses and, in one case an incorporation followed by a demerger; based on tax advice from one of the big three accountancy practices.
He has written many articles and given seminars on business law - both academic and for a lay audience. Most recently, he has talked to an audience in Tech City about developments in the law related to virtual and augmented reality and written for the Lawyer Monthly Global Expert Guide 2014 on: “Meta Tags and Trade Marks - Interflora -v- Marks & Spencer”.
Patrick is married with four children. He enjoys reading, all sorts of strategy games (including computer games – he aspires to be a geek) and will indulge in a decent burgundy or malt whisky. He is seriously considering the possibility of taking some physical exercise.