Patrick Harte


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

Recent instructions include cases which have attracted both local and national interest such as Operation Labootin at Kingston (drug trafficking involving 1 tonne of class A drugs), R v D & Others, (multi-handed youth murder) at Basildon, R v S (charges arising out of gunfight in North London) at Wood Green and R v M & Others (charges arising out of gunfight in Hertfordshire) at Luton. 

Patrick is a founding committee member of the London Irish Lawyers Association of which he was elected joint Chairperson from 2012-2015 and in 2013 was recognised in the Legal 50 as one of the top Irish Leaders in Britain.

Having worked in the legal department of a large multinational company in Paris, Patrick speaks fluent French. He is also fluent in Gaelic, which admittedly is less useful!

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. In 2017 along with his wife, Patrick cycled through 26 countries covering 15,000km from London to South East Asia.

Recent cases of note include:


R v H (CCC) - instructed as sole junior to represent man accused of a crime spree spanning two days including two allegations of attempt murder and multiple allegations of offences contrary to s.16a FA 1968.

R v D & Others (CC at Basildon) - currently instructed as led junior in multi handed murder where defendants are youths / young adults. Trial due later this year. 

R v S (CC at Woolwich) - instructed as sole junior in attempt murder.

R v B & Others (CC at Harrow) - instructed as sole junior in a multi-handed false imprisonment case involving allegations of torture-like punishment beatings by a notorious west London gang.

R v A & Others (CC at Harrow) - successful defence of allegations of a joint enterprise stabbing of an unarmed victim. The stabbing took place in broad daylight and the defendant, who had numerous admissible previous convictions for violence, was positively identified by an independent witness as being part of the group of attackers.

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

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

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 M & Others (CC at Luton) - currently instructed to represent lead defendant in multi handed s.16 FA offence arising out of day light shooting in St Albans. Sentence due later this summer.

R v S (CC at Wood Green) - currently instructed to represent defendant accused of s.16 FA offence arising out tit for tat shooting incidents in Tottenham. Trial due early next year.

R v H & Others (CC at Blackfriars) - led junior defending trial arising out of Operation Leadcen, an alleged multi-handed conspiracy concerning the possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

R v M - (CC at Harrow) instructed in case concerning allegations against a prohibited person of possession of firearm with intent to endanger life.


R v L & Others (CC at Lewes) - instructed to represent member of multi-handed conspiracy to import from France approximately 90 kg of Class A drugs. Trial to take place later this year.

R v B & Others (CC at Kingston) - instructed as led junior representing the alleged head of multi-handed conspiracy to supply in excess of 1 tonne of Class A drugs throughout the south of England as part of Operation Labootin. 

R v H & Others (CC at Plymouth) - instructed as sole junior in multi-handed conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs throughout the south-west of England as part of Operation Mercury.

R v M & Others (CC at Manchester) - led junior in multi-handed conspiracy to supply drugs on an industrial scale throughout the north of England as part of Operation Petral.

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

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.


R v B & Others (CC at Southwark) - representing a defendant accused of managing a £400k 'boiler room' fraud relating to the purported sale of coloured diamonds prosecuted as part of Operation Goldstone.  

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

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.

Sexual offending

R v G (CC at Newcastle) - defendant cleared of the violent rape of a family friend where the allegation concerned the usage of date rape drugs. 

R v N (CC at Wood Green) - securing the acquittal of a defendant charged with 7 counts of rape and 2 counts of assault.

R v F (CC at 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 L (CC at Southwark) - representing a defendant in a ‘student sex scam' case where the defendant was subject of a journalistic sting.


R v P (CC at Blackfriars) - appearing in the high profile matter concerning North London moped gang. After significant analysis of the cell site evidence the conspiracy was narrowed in respect of the defendant from 12 to 7 offences.

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










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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