Patricia is a Practising Consultant in the Dispute Resolution team.
“A truly exceptional lawyer” - Legal 500 2017
"Patricia Hall is praised for her 'thoroughness, diligence and analysis'" Legal 500 2016
Patricia is a Practising Consultant in the Dispute Resolution Department.
After attending Oxford University as a scholar, Patricia was articled to a firm in Reading and qualified as a solicitor in 1981. She joined Burnetts the same year, and became a partner in 1985.
She was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 1990, and regularly acts as a judge in both the High and County Courts in the north west of England.
Despite her academic bent, Patricia is a pragmatic lawyer who is aware of the potential disadvantages of traditional litigation. She is an enthusiastic supporter of mediation in appropriate cases.
Patricia deals with a wide range of cases, including - at the commercial end of the spectrum - company and partnership disputes, and disputes regarding the interpretation of and/or performance of commercial contracts.
A member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) since its inception in 2004, she has a special interest in negligence claims against professionals, including solicitors, accountants and surveyors.
She also enjoys the challenge of advising in relation to disputed property rights, while always mindful that court action is not necessarily the best way of resolving such disagreements, especially if the difference of opinion has arisen between neighbours or close family members.
The same resourceful approach applies to contentious probate cases, involving disagreements about the interpretation of a will and/or the division of the estate of a deceased person- another area in which Patricia has considerable experience and expertise.
In the field of education, Patricia has also dealt with student complaints, and with disciplinary and discrimination issues, particularly in the area of disability.