Patrick specialises principally in disease, all aspects of personal injury, clinical negligence and regulatory defence work. With a successful track record in test litigation, group and multi-party actions, he has been named in Chambers and Partners’ Spotlight Table nationally for disease practitioners since its inception. He also acts in cases involving the police, human rights and judicial review.
He is highly regarded for his work in test litigation and group actions and is an experienced appellate advocate to Supreme Court level.
Sure-footed on law and procedure, he provides strategic thinking, commercial nous and seeks to serve each client by leading as an effective team-player.
Away from the Bar, Patrick lists his interests as trekking, running and being half French.
Patrick is a specialist disease practitioner with experience across the full spectrum of claims and is well known for his work in cases involving occupational cancers and related injuries. He has particular expertise in actionability of injury, causation and epidemiology – and cross-examination of experts.
He is a highly experienced appellate advocate both in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
He has an established track-record of acting for a host of public companies and insurers in actual or threatened GLOs relating to a range of disease cases including:
- Baker v Quantum Clothing (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire textile deafness litigation)
- Armstrong & Others v British Coal Corporation (vibration white finger – third party actions
- AB & others v British Coal Corporation (British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation – contribution claims)
- Doherty v Rugby Joinery (HAVS)
- North West Shipyards asbestos litigation (against Cape Contracts Limited)
- North East Shipyards litigation (against T & N / Newalls Insulation Company and Darlington Insulation Company)
Patrick has over twenty-five years’ experience of representing a very broad range of clients but now is primarily engaged in trauma cases of maximum severity - typically brain and spinal injury, as well as amputees. He has a particular interest and experience in cases raising capacity, care, complex pain or fraud issues.
He is well-regarded for defence work in areas of limitation and psychiatric injury claims, starting with his junior work in the Hillsborough Disaster cases of Alcock and Frost.
He has been instructed in child abuse group litigation, High Court stress claims and cases with ‘nooks and crannies’ elements.
As well as being known as an excellent advocate he is a realistic but tenacious negotiator in settlement meetings, helped by accreditation as a trained mediator.
In Silk, Patrick acts for medical defence organisations and Claimants alike. He has particular experience in dealing with claims of cerebral palsy, eye injury and surgery.
He is disarming with opponents in negotiations, rigorous in analysis of experts’ reports and personable with lay clients.
He also provides representation on behalf of healthcare registrants before their disciplinary bodies.
Patrick is regularly instructed to defend and mitigate on behalf of corporate clients. He is adept in drafting, presenting and securing agreement to ‘basis of plea’ in work-related death prosecutions.
He prosecuted numerous cases on behalf of the Environment Agency, notably when on the Treasury Junior Regional Panel (2002 to 2006).
He has a long-standing record of acting in coronial enquiries, particularly concerning the emergency services.
Since taking Silk, Patrick has appeared in a range of notable cases including:
Blythe v Ministry of Defence  WLR (D) 457 (historic provisional damages orders on asbestos claims)
IEG v Zurich  EWCA Civ 39;  P.I.Q.R. P10 (application of equitable doctrines to insurance)
Harrison v Jagged Globe (Alpine) Limited  EWCA 835 (vicarious liability; adventure sports)
Zurich Insurance Co plc v Hayward  EWCA Civ 641;  C.P. Rep 39 (fraud, estoppel; res judicata)
Baker v Quantum Clothing Group  UKSC 17;  1 WLR 1003 (employers’ liability; codes of practice; meaning of ‘safe’)
Wilkinson v York City Council  EWCA Civ 207 (highway authorities’ powers and duties)
Smith v Northamptonshire County Council  UKHL: 27;  ICR 734 (work equipment; statutory interpretation)
A Train & Sons Ltd v Fletcher  EWCA Civ 413;  4 AER 699 (interest and multipliers in fatal awards)
Recent recommendations for Patrick include:
"He's very bright, very sharp and a safe pair of hands." "He has an amazing memory for detail, and he's very kind to the clients - he puts them at ease while still being straight with them."
Chambers and Partners 2015 - Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)
"He never shies away from a fight."
Legal 500 2015 - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
Acts on catastrophic injury and industrial disease work, and is recognised as a standout in both areas by claimant and defendant solicitors. He is highly regarded for his advocacy skills and pragmatic approach.
"He's the pre-eminent silk for disease-related injury issues in the country." "He's quiet, unassuming, and lethal. He struck home with every syllable."
Chambers and Partners 2014 – Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)
Patrick Limb QC is praised for his "ability to very quickly grasp complex medical issues," which sources suggest is down to his "excellent analytical mind." He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and is noted for his expertise in catastrophic brain injury claims.
Chambers and Partners 2013 – Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)
Patrick Limb QC impresses with his “laser-like concentration on the detail”. He handles high-value brain and spinal cord cases and occupational disease litigation.
Chambers and Partners 2012 – Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)
Has a nationally recognised industrial disease practice and is recognised as ‘a master of presentation and cross-examination who is particularly sensitive to clients' needs’. He is hugely popular on circuit.
Chambers and Partners 2011 – Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners).
He is a specialist personal injury silk with impeccable standards and he delivers a no-nonsense approach." "His manner is very user-friendly, and he gets to the point very clearly and in a way that is easily understood.
Chambers and Partners 2016 - Personal Injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)