Patrick Harte


With a reputation as confident, robust and engaging advocate, Patrick enjoys a busy practice throughout the South Eastern Circuit. He accepts instructions defending the full range of serious criminal offences, in particular all manner of fraud and serious sexual and violent offences including murder.

Patrick has been on sabbatical and returns to practice at the end of February 2018.

Recent instructions include cases which have attracted both local and national interest such as Operation Miching at the Old Bailey (‘bank of terror' fraud case), Operation Ulan (kidnap/ false imprisonment/firearms) also at the Central Criminal Court and Operation Petral (multi-million pound drugs conspiracy) in Manchester. These cases all required careful analysis of mobile phone and cell-site data.
Patrick is a founding committee member of the London Irish Lawyers Association of which he was elected joint Chairperson from 2012-2015.

In 2013 Patrick was recognised in the Legal 50 as one of the top Irish Leaders in Britain.

Patrick is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Services and is a level 2 CPS advocate.

Outside of the Bar, Patrick wastes his time following the Republic of Ireland football team, cycling up steep hills and going to too many gigs.

Recent cases of note include:

R v A-A & Others (Central Criminal Court) - secured acquittal after 6 week trial of kidnap, false imprisonment, robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

R v D & Others (Central Criminal Court) - representing a defendant in this 6 week multi-handed 'vishing' fraud trial.

DPP v H (Dublin District Court) - succeeded in having a charge of Violent Disorder contrary to Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 struck out.

R v N (CC Wood Green) - securing the acquittal of a defendant charged with 7 counts of rape and 2 counts of assault.
Appeal of McMurdo (Milton Keynes MC) - successful appeal of 3 convictions against a Councillor arising out of an incident of alleged assault involving local youths.

R v H (CC Wood Green) - successful defence in the Seven Sisters armed disturbance case. The defendant was acquitted of counts of Affray and Attempted GBH which arose out of a violent clash involving 10 participants armed with knives, hammers and bats.

R v F (CC Blackfriars) - representing a defendant in a case alleging rape and serious sexual assault. The defendant pleaded guilty to counts of harassment and multiple common assault but was acquitted of the rape offence.

R v D (CC Aylesbury) - defendant acquitted of a s.18 knife attack where he slashed another man's throat in a busy Wolverton pub.

R v P (CC Blackfriars) - appearing in the high profile case concerning the Hampstead motorbike robbers. After significant analysis of the cell site evidence the conspiracy was narrowed in respect of the defendant from 12 to 7 offences.

R v E (CC Wood Green) - successful defence of defendant charged with 12 counts including Blackmail, numerous Threats to Kill and breaches of a Restraining Order spanning 3 separate dates.

R v R (CC Birmingham) - appearing in the English Defence League riots case in Birmingham. The defendant was accused of taking part in a violent attack upon a photographer and also acting threateningly against the police front line.

R v S & Others (CC Northampton) - defendant acquitted of significant role in conspiracy to import circa 100kg of cannabis from continental Europe as part of Operation Dragon.

R v M (Stratford YC) - instructed in case concerning allegations of gang rape. Crown eventually offered no evidence.

R v P & Others (CC Kingston) - instructed in high profile case involving the 'smash and grab' robbery of a central London jeweller.

R v S & Others (CC at Portsmouth) - instructed in multi-handed fraud case concerning theft and conversion of almost £1m worth of Estee Lauder cosmetics. The case involved significant analysis of substantial volumes of evidence.

R v W & Others (CC at Isleworth) - defendant acquitted of Conspiracy to Steal.

R v I (CC at Wood Green) - secured the acquittal of a defendant accused of s.20 GBH having successfully run self-defence. The complainant suffered a fractured cheekbone amongst other facial injuries while the defendant suffered none.

R v O & Others (CC at Woolwich) - the restaurant owning defendant was found not guilty of Affray after a two week trial where the complainant suffered serious head injuries.

R v T & Others (CC at Harrow) - instructed in a large scale Conspiracy to Supply Drugs of Class A (Operation Pagoda) involving in excess of £16m worth of controlled drugs. The case involved detailed analysis of telephone and satnav evidence.

R v S (CC at Luton) - successful plea in mitigation for a man charged with 19 counts concerning the possession and distribution of indecent images of children (up to Level 5), resulting in a Community Order.

R v L (CC at Southwark) - representing a defendant in a high profile 'sex trafficking' case where the defendant was subject of a journalistic sting.

R v J & Another (CC at Portsmouth) - instructed in a large scale conspiracy to to burgle covering an area between Sussex and Devon. The case involved detailed analysis of cell site evidence.

R v T (CC at Brighton) - successful defence of a man accused of criminal damage of council property to the value of £50k. Although the 'damage' was ultimately agreed, counsel successfully argued that the so called damage was an attempt at maintenance.

R v H & Others (CC at Croydon) - successful plea in mitigation avoiding custody for a defendant involved in a large scale violent disorder on public transport in Croydon.

R v T (CC at Lewes) - successful defence of a man accused of threatening to kill his neighbour with a pick axe.

R v B (CC at Blackfriars) - jury returning a not guilty verdict after fifteen minutes despite two positive identifications of the defendant being a chief aggressor in the affray. Self defence successfully raised.

R v G & Another (CC at Blackfriars); successful defence in a joint enterprise knife-point robbery. The CCTV showed both defendants approaching the victim before the co-defendant produced a knife taking the victim's mobile in the process. Full admissions were made by the defendant as to his supposed part in the robbery. Due to discrepancies between the victim's account and the supposed admissions, it was argued that the admissions were not reliable.

R v N (CC at Aylesbury); jury acquit after five minutes a woman accused of possession of class A and B drugs, despite fully admissible admissions made by the defendant in interview.

R v P (CC at St Albans); successful half-time submission addressing identification evidence concerning an attempt dwelling house burglary.

R v M & Others (Central Criminal Court); currently representing a defendant jointly charged with seven others with Violent Disorder and s.18 Wounding.

R v T (CC at Wood Green); successful defence of a defendant charged with malicious wounding of his partner where a physical altercation between the two was admitted.

R v S (CC at Wood Green); successful appeal after a two-day hearing against a Forfeiture Order made at Hendon Magistrates Court concerning almost £40,000 cash.

R v K (CC at Snaresbrook); acquitted of ABH despite positive VIPER identification by complainant.

R v R (CC at Isleworth); defendant acquitted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs despite his fingerprints being on the drugs package and his being the sole driver of the vehicle in which those drugs were carried.

R v B & Others (CC at Luton) ; junior counsel in multi-handed nationwide conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

R v A (CoA); successful appeal against sentence imposed for the possession of Class B with intent to supply from one of 18 months imprisonment to 9 months.




Bachelor of Corporate Law with legal French (Hons.) - NUI, Galway
LLB (Hons.) - NUI, Galway
Bar School - Inns of Court School of Law

Memberships & Associations

Lincoln's Inn
London Irish Lawyers Association
Member of the Bar of Northern Ireland
Criminal Bar Association

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