Patrick is the senior Partner of Kennedys in Australia. Based in Sydney, Patrick brings over 35 years’ experience to his role as a leading expert in reputational risk and dispute resolution. Patrick is a trusted adviser to many high profile clients often involving sensitive and high value matters and significant media interest.

His expertise includes complex commercial disputes, defamation and privacy, insurance coverage, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, international arbitration and sports law. He is also experienced in investigations and inquiries by ASIC, APRA, the Ombudsman, ICAC, Inquiries and Royal Commissions.

In the 1980s, he acted against Prime Minister Bob Hawke for Time Magazine and against NSW Premier Neville Wran for journalist, Geoffrey Sims: Sims v Wran [1984] 1 NSWLR 317.  He later acted for The Age newspaper in NSW for nearly 20 years.
In the 1990s, he was involved in some of the largest commercial cases of the period, including the Estate Mortgage case.  He has conducted international arbitrations in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and the USA and was an original Board Member of ACICA.

Since joining Kennedys as a founding partner in 2006, Patrick has acted for two former Prime Ministers, Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating; the AOC President and Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, John Coates; NSW Premier/ Senator Kristina Keneally; Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu; NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams; amongst many others.

Patrick is the author of the definitive text ‘Defamation Law in Australia’ (3rd Edition published by LexisNexis in 2017) and editor of the text ‘Social Media and the Law’ (2nd Edition published by LexisNexis in 2016) to which he contributed Chapters on Defamation and Criminal Law.

highly regarded in the defamation area

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

Market recognition

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

  • Recommended Lawyer for Media and Entertainment

Who's Who Legal: Australia 2020

  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Australia 2020 for Sports & Entertainment

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2018

  • A Leading Individual for Media and Entertainment (band 3)
  • A Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution (band 4)
  • Noted Practitioner for Sports Law

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

  • Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution
  • Recommended Lawyer for Media
  • Recommended Lawyer for Insurance

Best Lawyers Australia 2018

  • Defamation and Media Law
  • Sports Law

Work highlights

  • Acting for John Coates, President of the AOC, against Radio 2GB and Alan Jones recovering an award of $360,000: Coates v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd [2008] NSWSC 292.
  • Acting in the first decided Twitter and Facebook case in Australia for a teacher awarded $105,000: Mickle v Farley [2013] NSWDC 295.
  • Acting for the NSW Deputy Commissioner of Police, Catherine Burn, in a highly confidential investigation into the New South Wales Police Force held by the NSW Ombudsman, 2012-2017. 
  • Acting for a Chinese businesswoman, Helen Liu, in a successful preliminary discovery action for disclosure of sources against The Age newspaper from 2010 to 2017: Helen Liu v The Age Company Pty Ltd [2012] NSWSC 12; [2016] NSWCA 115.
  • Acting for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program (2014) in which no adverse finding was made against him, and acting against the ABC (2018) leading to a full and personal apology from the ABC Managing Director to Mr Rudd for the false suggestion that he had been warned of safety risks before the Program was implemented.
  • Acting for the AOC to investigate and advise on the Australian Olympic athletes' accreditation issues in the Rio 2016 Games.
  • Advising the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on contractual and selection issues from 2008 to date, including advice on matters relating to the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010), London (2012), Sochi (2014), Rio (2016) and Pyeongchang (2018).


Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016