Partner & Solicitor Advocate
Patricia Coyle is from Derry and graduated with an LLB (Hons) in law from Queen’s University Belfast in 1990. She attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s in 1992 and qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1994. She was awarded a Robert Schumann Scholarship by the European Commission in 1992, is a certified Solicitor Advocate (National Institute of Trial Advocacy,QUB, 2007), holds a Certificate in Forensic Investigation (QUB, 2010), is a former member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland Criminal Law Committee, a member of the Solicitors’ Criminal Bar Association for Northern Ireland and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. In 2015 she completed an international Post Graduate Course in the Law & Business of Television and Film at the University of Ulster.
Patricia heads up the Criminal Defence, Legacy and Sports & Entertainment Departments in the firm. The criminal defence department was recently awarded the Corporate INTL 2015 Criminal Law Firm of the Year for Northern Ireland.
In the Criminal Defence Department Patricia works with experienced solicitors Diarmaid Kelly and Chris McCann to provide expert advice to clients in custody when arrested or prosecuted for criminal offences. She has extensive experience in Terrorism Act and PACE arrests, Magistrates Court cases including Youth Court proceedings, Crown Court cases (both judge only and jury trials), Serious Fraud Office prosecutions, Applications and cases involving Proceeds of Crime and PACE warrants, Extradition cases involving European Arrest Warrants, Appeals to the Northern Ireland Court of Criminal Appeal, the Supreme Court in London, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in respect of unsafe convictions. She has experience as a criminal defence lawyer at all court levels having dealt with a number of high profile criminal cases in Northern Ireland including the cases of;