Practice Areas

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick undertakes a broad range of civil work in line with Chambers profile, with a particular focus on commercial and construction disputes in litigation and arbitration. Patrick regularly appears in the High Court (in particular the TCC) and the County Courts and undertakes pleading and advisory work for a wide variety of domestic and international clients. Patrick has experience as junior counsel in a number of complex, high-value international arbitrations both in London and overseas (in particular the Middle East) and has experience working on attachment with specialist law firms. Patrick also takes instructions in insurance, personal injury, product liability, professional negligence, regulatory and employment matters.

Before coming to the bar, Patrick spent five years in the British Army, serving with the Grenadier Guards in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club (Allen Lane, 2009) and Kandak (Allen Lane, 2012). He retains a particular interest in public and administrative law matters concerning aspects of defence and security and is instructed on a number of related matters for both the MOD and FCO.

Significant Cases

Commercial & Construction

  • Instructed (as second Junior to Richard Wilmot-Smith QC and Jess Connors) in an ICC arbitration arising out of a termination dispute on a multi-million dollar off-shore gas pipeline project in the Caribbean.
  • Instructed (as second Junior to Stuart Catchpole QC and Alex Bodnar) in an ICC arbitration relating to a multi-million dollar dispute concerning payment issues and delay and disruption claims on a large-scale energy project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in TCC proceedings in a high value (+£500,000) dispute arising out of the London Overground construction project.
  • Assisted in Dubai International Arbitration Centre jurisdictional dispute in relation or a multi-billion dollar dispute concerning UAE mega-project construction.
  • Advised professional clients in Dubai as to recoverability of disputed bonus payments in the Dubai International Finance Centre Courts.

Assisted Edwin Glasgow QC (as a pupil) before the Court of Appeal in a dispute as to the meaning of “good faith” for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889 (Summers v Havard [2011] EWCA Civ 764)

Public Law

  • Instructed by Treasury Solicitors to assist in dealing with historical claims brought against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by Kenyan alleging serious mistreatment during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s (see Mutua & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2011] EWHC 1913 (QB)

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