Stephen Linehan KC > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS


Stephen is a specialist criminal practitioner, instructed by both prosecution and defence in cases of homicide, fraud, drugs, robbery, blackmail and all other forms of serious crime. He is a Crown Court Recorder and a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. Outside his court practice he teaches in the subjects of evidence, criminal investigation, firearms law and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act with particular reference to the admission of evidence obtained by the use of covert surveillance and mobile phone cell site analysis. He regularly appears in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal, most recently in the leading case on low copy number DNA. In addition to strictly criminal work he is instructed in non-publicly funded work by The Gambling Commission and to represent large companies being prosecuted under health and safety law where death or serious injury has been caused. Examples include a death in a care home, deaths from legionnaires’ disease contracted in a hotel, and deaths of workers in the construction industry.


Called 1970, Lincoln’s Inn; QC 1993; Recorder of the Crown Court.


CBA; Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn; Panel of Advisers of the Barristers Complaints Advisory Service.