Patricia Beckett graduated in law from Middlesex University in 1997.
Patricia joined our firm in 1998 and qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
She was made a partner in 2010.
Patricia specialises in Children and Family law, and her areas of work include private law children work, public law children work for parents, divorce/dissolutions and financial remedy, and Family Law injunctions, as well as cohabitation law.
She has a particular interest in Children Act work, especially representing parents in care proceedings. Patricia has a lot of experience in representing clients with mental health conditions and learning difficulties. She has been instructed by the Official Solicitor on many occasions. She also has significant experience in representing and assisting grandparents in obtaining contact with, or residence or special guardianship of their grandchildren.
Patricia really enjoys the challenges of financial remedy work and has experience in cases involving substantial assets, and also modest income and asset cases, which can be more difficult to resolve in practice. Resolution by negotiation is always her aim
Patricia has been a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel since 2005. Patricia is also a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel in the areas of Private Law Children & Violence in the Home. Patricia is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and Resolution.
Patricia is ranked in the Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer. She was described in 2016 as `excellent’ and ‘able to quickly identify the key point in each case’, and in 2017 as ‘kind and wise, and totally professional’.
In the Legal 500 – 2020 edition, Patricia received the following testimonials from clients and fellow professionals:
‘Patricia Beckett is absolutely outstanding. She is always prepared to go the extra mile. She is highly adept at representing parents in non-accidental injury cases. She combines a razor-sharp brain with pragmatism and compassion’.
‘Patricia Beckett is unrivalled in her diplomatic approach to opponents, her patience with clients and professionals alike and her practical approach to resolving matters in the best interests of her clients’.
‘Patricia Beckett has been particularly supportive, reassuring and highly diligent in her handling of my case providing excellent legal and practical advice, always in a highly professional, yet friendly and respectful manner’.
Patricia prides herself in simplifying legal language and procedures for her clients to make the law accessible for all. She undertakes both legal aid and privately funded work.
Interests: Socialising, reading, yoga & mindfulness, and gardening.