Patricia May


Patricia May is renowned for her expertise in the criminal field, as both a prosecutor and defence counsel.

Background and expertise

Patricia specialises in sexual offences and is in particular demand in cases involving vulnerable people , both defendants and witnesses, where her communication skills stand her in very good stead.

She is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and is on the CPS Specialist rape list.

Her experience has been augmented by her having sat as a Crown Court Recorder, with authority to try rape and other cases concerning serious sexual offences.

Notable cases

R v D and others, 2019

Prosecuting as Leading Junior an armed gang who kidnapped and held hostage a fifteen year old boy. Interpretation of Cell site evidence a substantial feature in proving case against the defendants. Croydon Crown Court.

R v R, 2019

Blind man charged with historic rape and other sexual offences against children. Isleworth Crown Court

R v S, 2018

Defending young Bulgarian female against charges of sexual assault against another young girl. Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v P, 2018

Defending man charged with Wounding with Intent and causing Serious Injury by Dangerous driving – identification issues. Basildon Crown Court.

R v D, 2018

Prosecuting mother of four on charges of Child Cruelty and Administering Noxious Substances to her young son. Canterbury Crown Court.

R v R, 2018

Defending man accused of multiple Rape and False Imprisonment. Inner London Crown Court

R v T-S, 2018

Defending 16 year old boy with mental health issues on charge of raping a 12 year old girl. Canterbury Crown Court

R v D and D, 2018

Prosecuting £200,000 fraud where the victim with mental health issues was defrauded of his inheritance by family members. Harrow Crown Court.

R v A, A, D and S, 2018

Prosecuting in Aggravated Burglary and Attempted rape of a 16 year old girl. Woolwich Crown Court .

Read more Notable cases

Other activities and interests

  • Patricia is interested in skiing, golf, aerobics and  travelling
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PROFILE: Patricia May

Year called




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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences


020 7489 2727


King’s College, London

Woodford County High School


Criminal Bar Association, Medico-Legal Society


CPS Panel (Grade 4) and Rape Panel

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