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Patrick Schmidt

Special Counsel

+61 2 4221 9311 / 0410 593 059


What Our Clients Say

Thank you again for so much. Patrick, you’ve been such an amazing person and such a professional and capable lawyer… the best! I thought court was going to be really scary but I was much happier having you supporting me and I feel so lucky having had you by my side. Thank you Patrick. 

I truly appreciate all of your help and, most of all, your strength to stick by me as my lawyer. I’m grateful for your patience and kindness towards me especially during the difficult times. The people at Kells are all wonderful. Thank you for all your support and compassion. 

I am beyond lucky to have you as my lawyer. Thank you for all you’re patience, support, kindness and understanding. 

You are truly an amazing person who I will always remember. Thank you for taking care of my matter and listening to me when I was at my worst. Forever grateful.

Thank you very much for representing me and the outcome was unexpected but great! Your assistance and understanding nature made me feel calm and also assured me that you were the best fit for my case.

Thank you so, so, so much for helping our family and making us feel safe. You are a very nice man. 

Thank you Patrick. From the minute I sat down with you I felt comfortable and since then I awake each day with so much relief from my head and heart. I can’t thank you enough for what this has done for me – I feel alive again! 

I just wanted to say how grateful we are for how you and your team handled our case. The whole process went very smoothly and as you predicated, from the onset. A true professional, very much appreciated and will highly recommend your service. 

Gentlemen, scholar and legend! That’s your commitment, hard work and determination. Got there in the end and absolutely wrapped with the outcome. Cheers Patrick, much appreciated.  

Patrick was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. Upon meeting Patrick and explaining the details of my charge, I immediately felt at ease. He’s a great listener with a calming and friendly presence. His experience as a former police prosecutor and knowledge of cases like mine really shone through. I felt like I had someone in my corner I could depend on. I was beyond thrilled with my outcome and am so grateful to Patrick and the team at Kells for helping me through a dark and confusing time in my life. Thank you Patrick. 

Thank you Patrick. Although it was such a stressful time for us, you made us feel positive and composed throughout. We trusted your judgement and approach to the whole situation and are very thankful for your time and commitment to the both of us and our case.


Thank you so much. I’m finding life a lot less stressful with you and your team on my side! 

Thanks again Patrick for today. It was very interesting to listen to you. You are very good at your job! I’m very pleased with the outcome, it has lifted so much weight off my shoulders already. Thank you so much, you are amazing!

Thank you Patrick. I was most impressed by the help and professional services offered. The result is far better than I thought would be achieved. Listening to the other cases before mine, I feared the worst. This retention of my mobility will enable me to carry on with my medical treatments.

Thank you for your time and help on my case. After a more than good outcome, it shows that the work of yourself and Harry is amazing. I had all but accepted the fact that I was probably going to jail. It was going to be hard for me to accepts so I want to thank you again and let you know that my life from here on out will be brighter. I will now continue to be of good behaviour so I don’t let myself down and also don’t let your good work be for nothing. 

Thank you so, so, so much for winning my case. I truly wouldn’t have won it without you. Thank you for putting in all your hard work and determination for me. Winning this case meant a lot to me and I appreciate you a-lot. 

I wanted to thank you for doing such a brilliant job with my case and I really appreciate it.

Thanks again, you don’t understand the relief you now have given me knowing you are my lawyer. You are amazing at your job and all I can do is thank you. 

Now that it’s all done and dusted Patrick I cannot thank you enough for the way that you handled everything. You made me feel like everything was gonna be okay and it will be. I really, really, really have no words, except thank you!

Mr Schmidt I think you are the best money I ever spent in my quite long life…

Expertise Areas


Patrick specialises in criminal law and has a strong passion for defending the rights of his clients. He regularly acts on high profile media cases in Sydney and the Illawarra region through to bail applications or having a consultation with a client in jail. Patrick is well-known among his colleagues and the criminal law circles for being impartial, persistent and strong willed.

Patrick is recognised as a Recommended Criminal Lawyer in Regional NSW in the 2021 Doyle’s Guide listing for his expertise and abilities in criminal law. He is also a regular legal commentator on national television and radio on various topics of criminal law.

What he does

Patrick provides advice and represents clients charged with a wide variety of criminal matters from serious murder and manslaughter cases to drug matters, allegations and charges under the Health Care Complaints Act, weapons, assaults, sexual offences, summary offences, working with Children’s Check Appeals, theft, drink driving charges to bail applications and traffic fines.

Patrick joined the firm in January 2019 from the NSW Police Force where for 7 years he was a senior prosecutor and relieving area prosecutor commander in the Sydney and the Specialist Courts command.

Prior to this role as a police prosecutor, he was a general duties police officer and plain clothes officer within the detective’s office at Marrickville Local Area Command and before joining the NSW Police Force, he was an associate at a boutique Sydney law firm.

Patrick has always prided himself on being contactable and approachable. He ensures that complex legal problems are explained in easy to understand terms. Patrick is relaxed, down to earth but yet has incredibly persuasive advocacy skills and with his knowledge of knowing both sides of a criminal trial, he can provide the best representation no matter what the situation is.

He understands that the consequences of being charged with a criminal offence can not only affect your life, your financial situation, your current and future employment, ability to travel and ability to obtain certain insurance, but can also have a significant impact on your family.

Patrick also appreciates that problems with the Police do not always occur during business hours. With that in mind, Patrick can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on his mobile (0410 593 059).

“Having represented the State in all types of criminal cases and my experience as a police officer, I am able to apply my knowledge and strategies as a defence lawyer to assist my clients best”.


Patrick started his education journey at the St Ignatius College Riverview in Lane Cove then completed a Bachelor of Law from the University of Wollongong. He is also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.

Life Outside Kells

Patrick is an amateur surfer, golfer and skier. He grew up on a vineyard so loves a drop of good red wine. He also enjoys keeping fit and from his days of playing rugby union, he is a fanatical Wallabies supporter.


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