Pat graduated from Glasgow University with an MA in French Language and Literature. She subsequently took the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals Examination at what is now the University of Central England and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1986. Pat spent her 27 year legal career at Eversheds LLP an international law firm with offices in 28 countries. When she first qualified she practiced as a Corporate lawyer, subsequently, moving into Private Equity and finally Banking where, as a Partner in the firm, she led the Eversheds Midlands Banking practice for 17 years.
Pat has acted for both public and private companies and all of the High Street Banks in a range of transactions including: management buy-outs and buy-ins, take privates, acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.
She has been a member of the Aston Business School Undergraduate Programme Advisory Board and is currently a Non-Executive Director of The Air Ambulance Service, The Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Motionhouse Limited one of the UK's foremost touring dance companies.