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Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
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 > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Atkins QCSt Philips Chambers

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Atkins QCSt Philips ChambersHe is a strong jury advocate. You know the moment he walks into court that he is in control and nothing appears to shake or faze him. A powerful speaker.

Kevin Hegarty QC  leads the crime group at St Philips Chambers, which is praised for ‘enormous depth’ in its criminal practice.  He recently prosecuted two metal detectorists for the theft of a Viking hoard worth £3m which they extracted without consent of the land owner and, without notifying the relevant authorities, sold on the black market. Jonathan Barker prosecuted a man who was convicted on fourteen counts, including of buggery and rape, concerning the sexual abuse of his niece in in the 1980s. Chambers is also home to Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar in 2019 – he is joined in the set’s silk ranks by  Lee Marklew QC, who was appointed in the 2021 round.