Kevin Hegarty QC > Chambers of Richard Atkins QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS
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Kevin is a regulatory and financial crime specialist. His approach is particularly suited to cases involving a lot of complexity because his preparation is so extensive as to give him an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the issues. He is a member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and the UK Environmental Lawyers Association and has a Masters degree in health and safety and environmental law. His current caseload includes acting in a pollution case for offences under Section 85 of the Water Resources Act and defending a subsidiary of an Austrian company for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He has also appeared in cases involving manslaughter by gross negligence including a case concerned with dichloromethane poisoning and another concerning the death of an epileptic in a nursing home where breach of duty was involved. His expertise in environmental law includes waste law, carbon emissions, and emissions control. His Masters dissertation examined the effectiveness of emission trading schemes in the EU and the USA. Financial crime makes up the other component part of Kevin’s practice. Money laundering, fraud and confiscation are examples of the kinds of cases involving numerous parties in which Kevin frequently acts. He enjoys grappling with the detail of transactions so as to have a fine grasp of the evidence and its defects. Kevin is on the FSA list of approved counsel and is one of only a few on the attorney general’s list of special counsel.


Called 1982, Middle Temple; recorder of the Crown Court, 2003; QC 2010.


Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; UK Environmental Lawyers Association.



Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kevin Hegarty QCSt Philips Chambers

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.