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Patrick Blakesley QC

Call 1993 • QC 2018

"He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges."
(Legal 500 2016)

Product Liability

Patrick has extensive experience in product liability work involving complex technical, engineering and design issues and parties outside the UK, causing serious personal injuries, property damage and business interruption.  Recent cases include:

  • Tyre claims
  • Defects in motor vehicles, and vehicle fires
  • Fire claims generally
  • Defects to industrial equipment and construction plant
  • Children’s play equipment

Selected Cases

Examples of Patrick’s recent and ongoing cases include the following:-

L v B ; KC v L (2018, 2019) – Two unconnected fatal leisure diving cases involving allegations of inadequate training and supervision; failures by buddy divers; defective equipment and on one case with contested medical causation.

P v C (2017)– Tetraplegia claim against UK subsidiary of international tyre manufacturer, successfully struck out because UK subsidiary was the wrong defendant.

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Memberships


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers

Recommendations


“His technical knowledge and commercial awareness are very impressive. He is a strong negotiator.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Patrick is a formidable opponent, striking the right balance between pragmatism and tenacity.”

Legal 500, 2022

“He has an impressive legal brain and is very good with clients.” “He is very persuasive and clear in his advocacy.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Charming manner whether with experts, witnesses or clients. Excellent advocacy skills in court or settlement meetings. Pragmatic and commercial.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He’s personable, thorough and very tactical in negotiations.” “Extremely bright, very down to earth and impressive.” “He’s accessible and effective in his negotiation style.” “He’s brilliant on his feet – he could charm the birds out of the trees.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“He is brilliant with clients and has an effective courtroom manner.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is rated because of his excellent outcomes both from trials and JSMs.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He is excellent with the client and forensic in his ability to digest a lot of medical information.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges.”

Legal 500, 2016

“He’s not frightened of having a conflict where it needs to be had, and his advocacy and negotiation skills are particularly strong.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“He’s measured and practical, and reduces things down to the key points.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“He has a good bedside manner in conference but takes no prisoners in the courtroom.”

Legal 500, 2015


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