Patrick Mason > Chambers of Adam Vaitilingam QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile
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Patrick Mason is a senior lawyer with experience in both arms of the profession. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1981, after training in commercial litigation, he joined the Army and spent five years, principally in Germany, prosecuting and defending all types of case at Court Martial. In private practice thereafter, as a solicitor, he worked as a criminal legal aid lawyer and duty solicitor, as a civil litigator, family and property lawyer. After gaining higher rights as a solicitor, Patrick was transferred to the Bar, being called in 1997.
In practice at the Bar since then, Patrick has developed a strong Crown Court practice in all types of cases, with a predominantly defence-based practice including: homicide, serious violence, serious sex cases, firearms cases, drugs and tobacco trafficking, as well as a wide range of less serious matters. Patrick has acted as leading junior in a number of cases. He is a highly experienced and respected trial advocate with a reputation for having particular talents with juries. Patrick undertakes Magistrates Court trials, prosecuting and defending in unusual or complex matters, with a particular emphasis on matters in involving animals and hunting. He also undertakes prosecution and defence cases relating to listed buildings. As an experienced Court Martial practitioner, he has defended many cases in all three arms of the services, at home, in Germany and in Cyprus. These have included serious civil offences prosecuted by the DSP, as well as more technical service disciplinary offences. Patrick is an experienced Court of Appeal practitioner, having undertaken many appeals against conviction and sentence. He is available to give advice on appeal on all types of offences. Patrick accepts instructions in regulatory prosecutions in the Magistrates and Crown courts. He has conducted numerous appeals against the revocation of firearms and shotgun certificates for appellants and respondents. He has acted in the High Court for a defendant in an Education Act prosecution.
Called 1997; Inner Temple (Admitted as Solicitor 1981)
Western Circuit; CBA