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Patrick Tumelty

Senior Associate


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Patrick is a litigator with specialist knowledge in commercial litigation, health & safety, insurance, and professional negligence.

Prior to joining Russell McVeagh, Patrick worked in London in the disputes division of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. As a Senior Associate, he took a lead role in a number of complex cases, acting for high-profile clients in respect of investigations, claims, policies and inquests.  

He is described in The Legal 500 as “a superb, incredibly diligent, thoughtful senior associate”.


Patrick's recent experience includes:

  • Advising Chevron in respect of police and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigations arising out of an explosion at a refinery in Pembroke, Wales in 2011.
  • Advising BP in respect of an Inquest and civil claims brought against it in the UK and the USA relating to a terrorist attack in 2013 on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in which 40 people were killed.
  • Advising a FTSE 100 company on Directors' and Officers' (D&O) policy renewals including wording for a bespoke D&O policy and structure of global D&O programme.
  • Acting for Diageo in respect of claims brought against it in the UK and Australia relating to the distribution of products containing thalidomide in the late 1950s/early 1960s.


Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School.

LL.M (Res), University of Lancaster.

LL.B (Hons), University of Warwick.


Patrick is a foreign qualified lawyer and was admitted to practise in England and Wales 2006.

Patrick is a co-author of the New Zealand chapter in Insurance Litigation 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide.

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