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Patricia Robertson QC

Work 020 7583 3335
Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and related regulatory work, especially banking, professional negligence (in particular, legal and financial services and audit) and regulation of professional and financial services generally.

Recent work includes: defending Leigh Day in disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA; acting for the FRC in an investigation relating to the collapse of a subprime lender; large-scale litigation relating to misselling (eg Arch Cru, Keydata, EVRF), discretionary and advisory portfolio management (eg Al Sulaiman v Plurimi), swaps or derivatives (including challenges as to lawfulness under Italian law); privilege (eg Prudential v HMRC); parallel handling of civil proceedings and regulatory investigations relating to legal, financial or accountancy services; judicial reviews of regulatory bodies; and advisory work in relation to FSMA 2000 compliance and issues arising under the SRA code and the Legal Services Act 2007.

Extensive experience of commercial/professional negligence mediations as advocate and now accredited by CEDR as a mediator.


Called 1988; internship, Brussels 1991; QC 2006; Bencher of Inner Temple; vice-chair of Bar Standards Board (2013-2015); Member Abu Dhabi Global Markets Appeals Panel (appointed 2016); Deputy High Court Judge (appointed 2016)  

Contributor, ‘The Law of Bank Payments’; editor, Brindle & Cox, Sweet & Maxwell, fourth edition (2010) (‘Plastic Money’ and ‘Internet Payment’); contributor, Bullen, Leake and Jacobs ‘Precedents of Pleadings’, 2004 (professional negligence); chapters on the liability of expert witnesses and on the liability of fund managers in ‘Professional Negligence and Liability’, ed M Simpson, Informa (loose-leaf); contributor to ‘Butterworths’ Guide to The Legal Services Act 2007’, ed Miller and Thorne 2009; contributor to ‘Cordery on Legal Services’, LexisNexis, Looseleaf.


French, Italian, basic German.


Past contributor to ICC electronic commerce committee; Board of the Bar Standards Board; Chair of Standards Committee; Bar Standards Board working group on entity regulation.


St George’s; Balliol College, Oxford (1986 BA); City University (1987 Dip Law).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersHas a broad knowledge of disciplinary and regulatory regimes including financial services.

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent in court and on paper, grabs a superb grasp of case essentials very quickly.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersA go-to counsel for financial services work.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersThere are no better regulatory silk than her.

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law

Fountain Court Chambers’ Timothy Dutton QC and Patricia Robertson QC continue to represent the SRA and Leigh Day respectively in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal after the firm’s acquittal by the SDT; Paul Gott QC and Tetyana Nesterchuk were also involved for the firm. Meanwhile, Richard Coleman QC represented Clifford Chance in its SDT case concerning the Excalibur litigation, and agreed a negotiated outcome of a fine of £50,000.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst rate.

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