Stewart Patterson



Building and Construction

With a degree in construction law, Stewart specialises in cases arising from building and engineering contracts of all kinds. 


Stewart has a wide experience of all kinds of crime including homicide, violence, sexual offences, drugs cases and a wide range of dishonesty.  He has a special interest in human rights cases and has conducted seminars in that subject as well as argued many points under the Human Rights Act.  He is particularly experienced in dealing with high volume complex conspiracy cases, often lasting many months and has frequently held the Leading Junior brief.  He has prosecuted and defended in a number of major long-lasting fraud cases mainly involving the Serious Fraud Office or Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters. He strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to the prosecution and defence of major cases, particularly fraud and likes to encourage a constructive team effort.  He is accomplished in the use of modern technology and has access to sophisticated software in order to assist with preparation and management of complex cases.


With a degree in construction law, Stewart specialises in cases arising from building and engineering contracts of all kinds.  His experience in this field includes other elements of property law and planning.

Business and Commercial

Stewart is one of our most experienced commercial practitioners.  Stewart has a particular expertise in construction law.  He fequently provides advice and representation in respect of building and engineering contracts and has a degree in Construction Law and Arbitration.  He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Mediator to both ADR and CEDR.  He has considerable experience not only of representing parties in mediations and arbitrations but also of conducting them.   Stewart's practice also encompasses a broad range of other contracts, includings software and hardware development contracts and licensing agreements, the sale and hire of goods and services, and partnership agreements. 

Professional Negligence

He also deals with cases of professional negligence.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Stewart Patterson undertakes work as an arbitrator or mediator in all civil matters.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a mediator accredited both to CEDR and to ADR Group. He also has a degree in construction law.  As well as building contract cases, he has mediated in a wide varienty of disputes, ranging from disagreements between partners, property problems, boundary disputes, provision of hospital equipment to the sale of Christmas trees.  He has a flexible approach to the mediation process, ensuring that it is taylor-made to suit the parties and situation. He is a believer in listening to the parties and helping them to understand each others' point of view. For further information please click here.


"Without your help we could never have reached an agreement"

"Stewart's calm and authoritative approach, his clear identification of the issues and his firm but friendly manner with the parties resulted in a very satisfactory settlement of a complex and quite heated property dispute"


Year of call: 1967
  • Accredited as a Mediator with ADR Group 1999
  • Appointed a Recorder 2000
  • Accredited as a Mediator with CEDR 2009
Areas of specialism:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Building and Construction
  • Business and Commercial
  • Courts Martial
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • MA (law) Oxford 1962-1965
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition to Middle Temple 1966
  • Qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1996
  • Awarded an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration at King’s College, London 1998
Professional associations:
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • British and Spanish Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Professional activities:
  • Stewart has taught for degrees in law and for Bar Finals. He has also been an advocacy trainer. Experience in broadcasting and journalism has given him an ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and explain the law in understandable terms.
Outside Interests:
  • Stewart enjoys family life, yachting, music and France.
Notable Cases:
  • R v Kidd [1968] 112 SJ 612 and TLR July 18 1968
  • R v Morgan [1978] 67 Cr.App. R. 369
  • R v Todd [1981] 72 Cr App R 299
  • R v Varley [1982] 75 Cr App R 242
  • R v Flack [1985] Crim LR 160
  • R v Robertson, R v Golder [1987] 85 Cr. App R 304
  • R v Hammer [1994] 15 Cr App R (S) 886
  • R v Taylor [1995] 1 Cr. App R 131
  • R v Hayes [2005] 1 Cr App R 33
  • R v Smith (Gordon) [2007] EWCA Crim 3267
  • R v Bree (Benjamin) [2007] 2 Cr App R 13
  • R v Ricky Parratt [2008] EWCA Crim 84
  • R v Peters and others [2010] EWCA Crim 1825