Patrick Upward QC


Patrick is a highly experienced practitioner who specialises in defending cases involving murder and manslaughter.

Background and expertise

After years prosecuting high-profile cases involving terrorism and serious fraud, Patrick specialises in defending homicides – where he combines a meticulous approach with an ability to put defendants at their ease.

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He devotes time and attention to evidential detail – on the long-held principle that time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted. He has a good network of expert witnesses and a strong knowledge of firearms and ammunition.

Patrick prides himself on his ability to communicate with defendants, giving them the time they need – and helping them remain calm despite the serious charges they may face.

He believes in taking time to support the family of a defendant – helping them stay aware of what is happening during a period of difficulty and stress.

Patrick is also a recorder with both criminal and civil jurisdiction, and a tribunal judge with the mental health review tribunal.

Notable cases

R v S, 2017
Attempted murder/Section 18, in which the defendant eviscerated his victim with a machete. Not guilty both counts.
R v F, 2016
A Royal Marine charged with fraud and theft and possession of 500 rounds of rifle ammunition. Not guilty on all counts Truro Crown Court.

Read more Notable cases

R v B, 2016
Wood Green Crown Court. Attempted murder/Section 18. A North London street gang stabbing. Not guilty on all counts.
R v Baker, 2016
Attempted murder, in which the victim was stabbed 46 times. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
R v M, 2016
Gross negligence and manslaughter, whereby the victim was killed by mechanical digger – guilty, sentence suspended. Wolverhampton Crown Court.
R v K, 2016
Murder, the victim shot in care home by husband who was found not guilty of murder and sentenced to a hospital order. Chelmsford Crown Court.
R v B, 2016
Murder, in which the victim was beaten to death. Client found not guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to a hospital order. Winchester Crown Court.
R v F, 2016
Murder, in which the victim was stabbed 8 times by neighbour. Found guilty of manslaughter - 13 years imprisonment. Inner London Crown Court.
R v C, 2016
The victim, a suspected paedophile, was stabbed. Chelmsford Crown Court.
R v R, 2016
Victim was beaten to death. Winchester Crown Court.
R v L, 2015
Historical child sex offences. Guilty and sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment. Southwark Crown Court.
R v R, 2015
Victim was driven over 6 times with a large Mercedes. Defendant sentenced to life imprisonment. Chelmsford Crown Court.
R. v. H and others, 2014
Corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences. Acquitted of manslaughter.
R. v. C, 2014
Murder of one identical twin by the other. Winchester Crown Court.
R. v. H, 2014
Multi-million investment fraud. Southwark Crown Court.
R. v. I , 2013
Cage fighter acquitted of murder. Maidstone Crown Court.
R. v. S and others, 2013
Substantial fraud involving stolen scrap metal. Acquitted of all charges. Oxford Crown Court.
R. v. N, 2013
Attempted contract killing. Victim survived. Acquitted on all charges.
R. v. A, 2012
Contract killing. Central Criminal Court.
R. v. H and another, 2012
Billion dollar negotiable instrument fraud. Southwark Crown Court.
R. v. G and others, 2012
Drugs conspiracy involving transport of heroin through British Army bases in Germany. Manchester Crown Court.
R. v. A and others, 2012
Unprovoked attack on a man at night. Acquitted of manslaughter. Central Criminal Court.
R. v. K and another, 2012
Money laundering Columbian drug funds. Southwark Crown Court.
R. v. A, 2011
Rape, s.18 and child cruelty. Acquitted of all charges. Blackfriars Crown Court.
R. v. R and others, 2011
Conspiracy to import drugs by the ton from Columbia. Acquitted of all charges. Central Criminal Court.
R. v. A and others, 2009 – 2012
Known as the Airline Bombers’ Case. The defendant was acquitted of the main charge of conspiracy to destroy aircraft. Woolwich Crown Court.
R. v. Brown and others, 2008
Known as the Lakeland Terrorist Training camp case. B was acquitted. Woolwich Crown Court.

Other activities and interests

  • Patrick teaches advocacy at the University of Hertfordshire
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PROFILE: Patrick Upward QC

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020 7489 2727


LLB (Hons), London


CBA, Midland Circuit


Recorder (criminal and civil jurisdiction)

Tribunal judge with mental health review tribunal

Master of the Bench, Inner Temple

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