Frances Patterson

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The Hon. Mrs Justice Patterson
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High Court Judge
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born 29 November 1954
County Durham, England
Died 20 December 2016(2016-12-20) (aged 62)
Spouse(s) Graham Nicholson (m. 1980)
  • Oliver
  • Leo
  • Simon
Alma mater University of Leicester

Dame Frances Silvia Patterson, DBE (29 November 1954 – 20 December 2016), styled The Hon. Mrs Justice Patterson, was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales.[1]

Born in County Durham, Patterson was educated at the Queen's School, Chester and the University of Leicester.[2][3]

Patterson was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1977. Following a period as a Law Commissioner she was appointed to be a judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) on 1 October 2013.[4] Patterson was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 18 February 2014.[5] She died after a short illness on 20 December 2016. Patterson was survived by her husband, Dr Graham Nicholson, and their three sons, Oliver, Leo and Simon.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Senior judiciary". Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  3. ^ ‘PATTERSON, Hon. Dame Frances Silvia’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
  4. ^ "No. 60644". The London Gazette. 1 October 2013. p. 19289. 
  5. ^ "No. 60791". The London Gazette. 25 February 2014. p. 3889. 
  6. ^ Hume, Lucy, ed. (5 November 2016). Debrett's People of Today 2017. London: Debrett's. ISBN 978-0992934873. 
  7. ^ "Death in service: Dame Frances Patterson". Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Retrieved 21 December 2016.