Patrick specialises in international trade, transport and insurance law, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of matters involving, among other things, sale and trade agreements, contracts of carriage, marine and non-marine insurance, arrests and attachments of ships and other property as security for maritime claims, including mortgage foreclosures, and the purchase and sale of ships, as well as dealing with ships in distress and marine casualties.
Patrick deals with cargo claims, hull claims, ship building and repair (with particular focus on motor and sailing yachts), marine casualties, places of refuge, marine pollution, salvage and towage, and bunker disputes and claims. Patrick is the immediate past President of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa (MLA), a main board member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and the head of IBIA in Africa.
He is a member of the International Bar Association, Insurance and Transport Committee, and has represented the South African MLA at the Comité Maritime International since 2008. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to LLM students and an external examiner at the University of Cape Town. He is also the pro bono lawyer for the National Sea Rescue Institute. He is currently recognised by Legal 500 2018 and Who’s Who Legal Transport: Shipping 2018, as well as being ranked in Chambers Global 2018.