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

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS

Work Department

St Philips Crime and St Philips Regulatory


Richard practises in crime and regulatory offences. He specialises in murder (including gangland, sado-masochistic and matrimonial killings); manslaughter; terrorism; seriious fraud (Revenue, VAT, international and boiler room); serious sex offences; HSE; and consumer law cases. Defends and prosecutes. Regularly appears in the Court of Appeal: Lewis [2013] EWCA Crim 776 (jury irregularities); X [2013] EWCA Crim 818 (leading case on “commercial practice” and “transactional decisions” definitions in the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008); Masih [2015] EWCA Crim 477 (overturned murder convction); D & P, 2016 (overturned Private Security Industry Act convictions when not instructed at first instance); Bajaj [2020] EWCA Crim 1111 (defeated prosecution of £1 million POCA application). An approachable and engaging advocate. He is well known for his ability to assimilate a large amount of facts. Private, publicly funded and public access work accepted.


Called 1989, Gray’s Inn; Queen’s Counsel 2011. Head of St Philips Chambers (2020-); Chair of the Bar Council (2019); Vice-Chair of the Bar Council (2018); Leader of the Midland Circuit (2014-2017);  Bencher of Gray’s Inn (2014); Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (2014); Recorder of the Crown Court (2005).


Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Association of Health and Safety Lawyers; Midland Circuit.


King Henry VIII School, Coventry; St Catherine’s College, Oxford University (MA, Oxon); Council of Legal Education Inns of Court School of Law (Bar School).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Atkins KCSt Philips Chambers ‘Richard is a very high-quality advocate who has proven ability over many years in regulatory crime. He has a tremendous eye for detail, excellent judgment, and decision-making under pressure. He is able to bring the judge and jury along with him when prosecuting or defending. His easy manner and calm authority in all situations make his advocacy very persuasive.’ 

St. Philips Chambers is a ‘large and efficiently run set of chambers’ with an ‘extensive range of advocates available to cover all levels of criminal cases’. Head of the chamber and ‘excellent orator’ Richard Atkins KC specialises in murder cases and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. Andrew Smith KC’s recent work highlights include prosecuting Gareeca Gordon, who was convicted of murdering a former friend and attempting to dispose of her body in the Forest of Dean. Jennifer Josephs is praised for her ‘preparation and care during cases’ and secured a conviction for a father accused of shaking one of his twin babies to death in case that dealt with complicated medical evidence. Simon Davis is now the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Cayman Islands.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Atkins KCSt Philips Chambers