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Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill
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Duncan has appeared as Leading, Sole andJunior Counsel in numerous homicide cases, including the murders of Milly Dowler and Carole Waugh. He has also appeared in cases of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter. Duncan has appeared as Leading or Junior Counsel in terrorist cases, including the ‘fertiliser plot’ case, a plot to kidnap a soldier and, most recently, the trial of a student convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism. 

Duncan has appeared in many cases of serious and complex fraud and corruption, including cases brought by the SFO and HMRC. He also has particular experience of various forms of cybercrime. He has acted both in an advisory capacity and as an advocate in relation to health and safety legislation.

Duncan regularly appears in appellate work, including two recent appearances in the Supreme Court in relation to the definition of terrorism and assisted suicide.

Duncan’s publications include: ‘EU Law in Criminal Practice’ (editor); ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Criminal Procedure Rules’ (co-author); ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’; and ‘Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure’ (contributor).


Called 1995; appointed Treasury Counsel 2009; Recorder 2012, Queen’s Counsel 2015.


Criminal Bar Association ; South Eastern Circuit (committee member); Central Criminal Court Bar Mess (Junior of the Mess).


University of Bristol (LLB Hons) (First Class); Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, Gray’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan Atkinson QC6KBW COLLEGE HILLMeticulously prepared and covers the case from every angle.

6KBW COLLEGE HILL handles some key defence work, but is best known as prosecution set. Chambers handles a range of terrorism cases and, for example, Duncan Atkinson QC prosecuted a British Army lance corporal in a civilian court for membership of National Action; Annabel Darlow QC and Alistair Richardson prosecuted an Islamic State supporter who used a Telegram group to incite, among other offences, the murder of Prince George and a campaign of ice-cream poisoning. Away from terrorism, Tony Badenoch QC successfully prosecuted Carl Beech, who under the pseudonym “Nick” made lurid and false allegations of child sexual abuse against a number of high-profile individuals, triggering the Operation Midland imbroglio. In addition, Duncan Penny QC took over from Mark Heywood QC of 5KBW as First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey. For the defence, Simon Ray represented former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant in a drink-drive case.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Duncan Atkinson QC6KBW COLLEGE HILLA first-class advocate.