Patricia Roberts

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Although Patricia has experience of all levels of private law children cases representing both mothers and fathers, typically her work centres on more complex cases often involving allegations of emotional, sexual or physical abuse or where domestic violence  or mental health are significant issues. Her recent cases also include applications for temporary and/or permanent leave to remove children from the UK.

Reported cases
3rd June 2001 | Jordan's

Re M (Contact: Parental Responsibility) [2001] 2 FLR 342

Contact – Parental responsibility – History of abusive criticism of mother by father’s family – Father showing commitment, attachment and concern for severely disabled child – Whether potential misuse of parental responsibility justified refusal.
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Patricia undertakes work for all parties within care proceedings and has extensive experience at all levels, often representing parents with significant mental health issues. Recent cases have included clients with both addictions and personality disorders (as well as learning disabilities) and who have themselves been the subject of care proceedings as children.

Reported cases
24th November 2000 | Jordan's

Re P (Care Proceedings: Father’s Application to be Joined as a Party) [2001] 1 FLR 781

Care - Natural father - Application to be joined as party - Delay - Right to family life - Right of access to courts Human rights - Right to respect for family life - Right of access to courts - Application to be joined as party to care proceedings - Father's 18-month delay in making application - Whether delay justified denial of father's access to court.
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A significant part of Patricia’s practice consists of family finance cases, including financial remedy order applications, TLATA applications and Schedule 1 Children Act applications for high net worth clients, in which she represents husbands and wives or third parties. Recent cases have involved significant aspects of  non-disclosure/hidden assets, non-engagement and enforcement including in respect of overseas assets.

Patricia understands the need to provide proactive, pragmatic and realistic advice along with creative solutions which encourages parties to reach settlements which meets their respective needs preferably without lengthy costly and exhausting litigation.

What the directories say

“She is skilful on her feet and excellent in cross-examination, delivering the killer question when least expected. Her delivery is calm, logical and measured, meaning that judges listen.” 
Chambers & Partners 2018

“An approachable and knowledgeable practitioner” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2017

“She’s extremely good and very down-to-earth. She also has very good attention to detail.”                                                                                                                                                                   Chambers & Partners 2017

“A private and public law specialist.”
The Legal 500 2016

“She has excellent advocacy skills, and the ability to advise in difficult cases with care and tact.”                                                                                                                                                                         The Legal 500 2015

Patricia is ranked in Chambers & Partners where she is described as “paying superb attention to detail” and also in The Legal 500 where her practise is described as “focusing primarily on high-value ancillary relief matters”. Patricia is credited with being “very good on her feet”.

Awards

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LEGAL 500 LEADING INDIVIDUAL

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CHAMBERS UK BAR LEADING BARRISTER

Chambers UK Bar 2018 Leading Barrister
Legal 500 2017 Leading Individual
Chambers UK Bar 2017 Leading Barrister
Legal 500 2016 Leading Individual
Chambers UK Bar 2016 Leading Barrister
Legal 500 2015 Leading Individual

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Gray's Inn