Patricia Cannon

Partner, Head of Care Proceedings Law

‘I have worked with Patricia Cannon on a long running care case. Patricia was fully prepared, gave the clients a really professional service and ensured that she was on hand to assist both me and senior counsel as necessary. I valued the added dynamism that she brought to the case and to our team.

As a Partner, Solicitor and Department Head of our teams of Care Proceedings Solicitors in London, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds; Patricia represents parents, other carers and children in care proceedings and other matters related to disputes regarding children.

Patricia also offers advice and representation to those seeking protection from or responding to allegations of domestic abuse.


Patricia joined Simpson Millar in October 2018, and has over 20 years’ experience in Family Law, having qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

Patricia studied at the University of Wales College of Cardiff, obtaining a Dual Honours degree in Law and German, and earned her Postgraduate Diploma from the College of Law in York. 

Following that she spent a period of time working for the United Nations in The Hague as a Case Manager for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, assisting with prosecuting war crimes.

The Family Law Team has been ranked in Legal 500 2022 Edition, with comments from people who have worked with Patricia saying:

"Patricia Cannon has become a very respected practitioner in West Yorkshire."

"Patricia Cannon is an outstanding lawyer who prepares her cases thoroughly and who is committed 100% to each clients case. I have seen Patricia Cannon provide emotional support to a distraught young mother whilst keeping her eye firmly on the presentation of the case and ensuring this client received clear and robust advice."

Professional Memberships

Patricia is a member of the Law Society Children Law Scheme (Children Panel).

Interests outside of work

Patricia is kept busy facilitating the social lives of her children, and also enjoys travelling, literature, Pilates and live music.  She has spent time living in other countries and learning foreign languages. Whilst living in Singapore with her family, she volunteered for an organisation to raise awareness of gender inequality and volunteered for a crisis helpline for distressed women.

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