Patrick Gittins

Partner

Patrick has been at Hatchers since 1990 when he moved from a specialist litigation practice in Birmingham back to his home town of Shrewsbury.

Having attended Shrewsbury School he completed his law degree in Nottingham and somehow managed to win the Trent Law Journal Prize in the process.

Patrick started his legal training in Shrewsbury then moved to Birmingham and later returned to Shropshire.

He has 27 years experience of dealing exclusively with litigation and dispute resolution matters.

Patrick is a former Deputy Coroner for Mid and North Shropshire and past President of the Shropshire Law Society for which he was Honorary Secretary for 12 years.

Patrick is Company Secretary for the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Executive Committee of the Shropshire Horticultural Society who run the Shrewsbury Flower Show. He currently Chairs the Show’s Catering and Trade Committee.

Areas of Expertise

Patrick conducts a wide range of civil and commercial litigation including contractual and commercial disputes, injury claims and regulatory issues.

His commercial workload involves complex contractual issues, interpretation of contractual provisions, company related litigation and property claims.

Patrick has a particular interest in injury claims including claims for damages in respect of injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, brain injury and paraplegia.

He regularly advises in relation to the coroner’s court including procedure, representation at inquests and judicial review.

Patrick’s practice also includes advising and representing those who wish to make claims for solicitors’ professional negligence and regulatory issues; particularly mishandled injury claims and issues of regulatory breeches, costs issues and complaints of poor service.

Going the extra mile for clients

Undertaking claims for those who have been seriously injured is a privilege for Patrick as it means he can make a meaningful, positive different to peoples lives – often people who need help the most.

When a lawyer helps those who have had a serious injury there needs to be a relationship that is rarely seen in other areas of legal advice.

Patrick believes that it is crucial for the advisor to remember the real personal effect of a serious accident not only on the victim but their immediate family. He appreciates that the claim is not just applying legal theory but becoming a friend to the family who look to you for far more than legal advice. Patrick is delighted that many of his clients still keep in touch years after the claim has settled.

In his own time

Being the father of two teenagers Patrick has forgotten what “own time” is as most weekends are spent running the cheapest and most accommodating taxi service in Shropshire.

He enjoys most forms of sport, more watching than taking part nowadays. When time allows, Patrick will go to Anfield and watch Liverpool FC underachieve (again!) or Franklins Gardens to watch Northampton Saints rugby team.

Patrick lives in Shrewsbury with his partner, Katrina, his children (when they are there) and a cat with attitude.

A little bit more about me

First Job – My very first job was working for a roofing company. As I am afraid of heights I held the ladder and made the tea (not at the same time)!

Favourite food – I enjoy cooking and I eat healthily (I am a bit of a bore on that subject) – I like all sorts of different foods but have a golden rule – the more colourful the food the better it is for you – so I live by that.

Personal ambition – Sadly I am having to accept that I am not going to score a century on the first day of the Lords’ Test Match but I would like to write a book.

Likes/Dislikes – Likes a long walk and a long beer (or two) in a country pub Dislikes: people who take themselves too seriously oh… and olives – yuk!

Highlights of my Career

Patrick has assisted hundreds of those who need help following an accident and who have been put in the most difficult position both personally and financially and help them face an uncertain future with some degree of financial security.

Of the many cases there are some that stand out to Patrick including a successful contested case for a 12 year old boy rendered paraplegic following a road accident. The Defendants fought the case on every point and Patrick was successful in securing a very substantial award after a hard fought two week trial – claim value – £2.6m.

Another pleasing case for Patrick and his 27 year old client was recovering over £500,000 following a road traffic accident when two firms of solicitors had previously told him that he did not have a claim.

Being a committed Liverpool supporter a successful claim brought against Ronaldo while he was at Manchester United was particularly satisfying for Patrick!

Client Testimonials

 “…brilliant in every aspect of our dealings”

“..professional, informative and approachable and most importantly extremely patient”

“Very friendly and considerate with clients whilst thorough in preparation and tenacious in negotiation”

“..demonstrated the ability to deal with a complex case in a highly effective manner. Tactically astute, Patrick has a meticulous eye for detail”

“Clear and prompt communicator throughout, with a succinct grasp of the issues.”

Based at: Welsh Bridge, 1 Frankwell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8JY