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Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS
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St Philips Crime


Andrew prosecutes and defends in cases of gravity and complexity and is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of homicide, organised crime and serious fraud. Andrew attracts repeat instructions from both major firms of solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service, including the Complex Casework Unit. The cases in which he is instructed frequently attract media interest. His cases often raise novel and/or complex matters of evidence and procedure. He has significant experience of homicide cases ranging from the deaths of babies and young children through to gang-related murders. Andrew has been instructed in many cases involving organised criminal activity at both a national and regional level. Andrew’s cases frequently involve international aspects. In fraud cases, Andrew has represented company directors and other professionals. He also has substantial experience of money laundering investigations and has often advised parties pre-charge. Andrew is renowned for his technical excellence and extensive and meticulous preparation.


Called to the Bar in 1997; Recorder (Midland Circuit) 2009; Queen’s Counsel 2012.


Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit.


St Hugh’s College, Oxford (MA Hons); Queen Mother’s Scholarship, Middle Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Smith QCSt Philips ChambersOne of the brightest silks on circuit.

St Philips Chambers remains one of the premier sets for criminal work in the Midlands, with clients and peers alike praising it as a ‘go-to‘ set within the region offering ‘professional and well-prepared‘ counsel across the full spectrum of criminal work. Kevin Hegarty QC heads the crime group, which also houses experienced silks Andrew Smith and  Richard Atkins QC, the latter of whom recently returned to full-time practice following a term as Chair of the Bar. The set’s junior ranks also feature some of the circuit’s most prominent practitioners, with members such as Jennifer Josephs  and Jonathan Barker frequently receiving instructions in a wide range of serious cases, including fraud and sexual offences. Josephs is also notable for her work on terrorism cases, and recently acted for the prosecution in the case of Jay Davison, a white supremacist convicted of publishing material with the intent to incite racial and religious hatred in the form of a string of Instagram posts.