Since qualifying as a barrister in 2009, Chris has been instructed to act in hundreds of cases before tribunals and the High Court.
As a specialist in professional regulatory / professional disciplinary law, he has extensive experience of advising and representing at hearings before the GMC, NMC, GDC, GOC, GOsC, ICAEW and NHSE.
Chris has particular experience of cases involving serious and complex clinical concerns, serious dishonesty as well as sexual misconduct.
Chris has worked as a regulatory advocate and Senior Lawyer at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as a barrister and Senior Associate within Blake Morgan's professional disciplinary team, ranked as a Legal 500 Tier 1 firm in the field. He can act for professionals or regulators.
Before being called to the Bar, Chris worked as a qualified healthcare practitioner. This has given him exceptional insight into the difficulties encountered and the experiences of those working in a range of professions, particularly those allied to healthcare.
With extensive experience of representing before Committees and the High Court, Chris has acted in cases of all levels of complexity. This includes cases where the concerns are particularly complex and sensitive or where alleged failures in care may have caused or contributed to patient harm or death.
Chris provides legal advice at every stage of the legal process including the investigation stage, interim order hearings, substantive hearings, registration appeals and substantive order reviews.
Having completed the Direct Access Course, he can be instructed directly by members of the public as well as by solicitors.
Professional qualifications & associations
Outside the office
When not advising or appearing before tribunals, Chris enjoys reading, especially biographies, and scuba diving.
“"...From the outset Chris [Pataky] understood the complexities of my case and answered my questions using language that I found easy to understand. Chris is very professional, and he has a very kind manner which put me at ease...Chris’s advice was invaluable and his skilful representations on my behalf were successful in avoiding a full NMC hearing. Thanks to Chris I can continue without restrictions in my nursing career. I am immensely grateful to Chris and to the Clerks’ Room". ”
Mrs M Healthcare Practitioner
““Chris has enabled me to gain clarity around my situation, his expert knowledge and attention to detail is perfect. Chris has provided me with the best guidance and support … I would not hesitate to instruct Chris to do further work for me. People may be put off thinking accessing a Barrister direct would be costly but I can honestly say I was surprised and I feel Chris's fees are affordable and it is so worth it...””
Ms B, Registered Nurse Direct Access Client
“"You have been amazing and I couldn't have chosen a better barrister than you Chris. I will definitely be getting in touch with you Chris in the future for more assistance if needed as I am happy and confident you will provide the best service. Thank you so so much for your help, your time and how you've been there during this difficult process for me". ”
Ms H Direct Access Client. Healthcare Practitioner
“"Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication you have put into my case I really appreciate everything. You couldn’t of been better in representing me and you really are brilliant at what you do. You... got us a really good result that I am really pleased with so thank you so much, without your help I would not be in the positive position I am now in". ”
Ms P, Direct Access client Healthcare Practitioner