Patrick Canessa ED

Called in 2007

About Patrick Canessa ED

Called in 2007

Patrick hails from Gibraltar. He was called to the bar in England and Wales and in Gibraltar 2007 and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.   His workload is predominately criminal defence.  Patrick accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law and has also acted on behalf of construction companies in health and safety matters.  Patrick is the Honorary Consul for Italy in Gibraltar, a member of the Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club and Honourable Artillery Company.


R v Celecia [Supreme Court of Gibraltar] : Attempted Murder. It took a 7 to 2 majority to convict.

R v L [Gibraltar Supreme Court]: Rape, two counts. One count withdrawn following half-time submission.  Second count unanimous not guilty verdict.

R v Smith and others [Gibraltar Supreme Court]: Fraud.  Ponzi scheme.  Not guilty verdicts following half time submissions.

Regina v A and another [Gibraltar Supreme Court]: Defendant was 14 at the time of the offence.  Secured not guilty verdict in an allegation of robbery involving an imitation gun.

X v Regina [Gibraltar Court of Appeal]: Sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.  The defendant was 17 years old at the time of the offence the defendant suffers from a complex disorder involving autism spectrum condition and ADHD. Sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment quashed and substituted with a 3 year Community Order.


Spanish (Fluent)

Italian (Intermediate)





The Open University – LLB (Hons) 2:1

The College of Law – London BVC


Criminal Law
Recent cases have involved conspiracy to blackmail, armed robbery, breaches of ancillary orders, affray, possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, fraud with a value in excess of £120k, witness intimidation, threats to kill, burglary and GBH.

Simon has extensive experience of conducting confiscation proceedings.

Simon often acts for vulnerable people with behavioral problems, learning difficulties and mental health issues. He prides himself on being able to make proceedings intelligible, straightforward and as painless as possible for his lay clients.

Simon has defended clients in serious Youth Court matters and has experience of large-scale joint enterprise violence, sexual assaults, robberies and Operation Withern cases involving burglaries committed during the London Riots. Simon has defended young people in cases across the full spectrum of Youth Court work, although now primarily focuses on Certificate for Counsel cases.

Simon regularly undertakes appellate work, including appeals against conviction and sentence. Simon has successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Business Crime
Simon has extensive fraud experience, both prosecuting and defending. He has dealt with offences well in excess of £100k.

Simon has been extensively instructed by the Serious Fraud Office and the DWP to deal with the prosecution of large-scale fraud, some of which has been valued in excess of £100 Million.

Simon undertakes cases involving the full range of road traffic, dangerous dog and health regulations matters.
Simon has accepted instructions from the Department of Health for civil drafting.