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Chambers of Simon Denison QC

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Duncan Atkinson QC

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6KBW COLLEGE HILL (Chambers of Simon Denison QC)


Duncan has appeared as Leading, Sole andJunior Counsel in numerous homicide cases, including the murders of Milly Dowler and Carole Waugh. He has also appeared in cases of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter. Duncan has appeared as Leading or Junior Counsel in terrorist cases, including the ‘fertiliser plot’ case, a plot to kidnap a soldier and, most recently, the trial of a student convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism. 

Duncan has appeared in many cases of serious and complex fraud and corruption, including cases brought by the SFO and HMRC. He also has particular experience of various forms of cybercrime. He has acted both in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in relation to health and safety legislation.

Duncan regularly appears in appellate work, including two recent appearances in the Supreme Court in relation to the definition of terrorism and assisted suicide.

Duncan’s publications include: ‘EU Law in Criminal Practice’ (editor); ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Criminal Procedure Rules’ (co-author); ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’; and ‘Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure’ (contributor).


Called 1995; appointed Treasury Counsel 2009; Recorder 2012, Queen's Counsel 2015.


Criminal Bar Association ; South Eastern Circuit (committee member); Central Criminal Court Bar Mess (Junior of the Mess).


University of Bristol (LLB Hons) (First Class); Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, Gray’s Inn.

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Duncan Atkinson QC - 6KBW College HillA fantastic advocate, hugely respected by the courts.

Within: Crime (general crime)

Best known as a prosecution set, 6KBW College Hill has a record of having a strong presence in the Treasury Counsel room, but also handles a significant amount of defence work. Sarah Whitehouse QC is instructed to prosecute six individuals involved in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, including several former senior policing figures, for gross negligence manslaughter and misconduct in a public office. As far as appellate work is concerned, Duncan Atkinson QC represented the CPS in the Criminal Cases Review Commission-referred appeal of Wang Yam, a Chinese dissident and former MI6 informant who was convicted of murder in 2009 in a trial held partially in secret.

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