Duncan Atkinson QC > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


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 HillA very able silk and brilliant cross-examiner.

A powerhouse of criminal advocacy‘, 6KBW College Hill is well known as ‘a premier division prosecution set‘ with ‘first-class counsel‘, but is also noted for its capabilities in handling defence instructions. Terrorism cases remain prominent in the team’s caseload; Duncan Penny QC successfully prosecuted Hashem Abedi, who was convicted of 22 counts of murder in respect of the bombing at the Manchester Arena in 2017. In another matter, Duncan Atkinson QC and Ben Lloyd acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the prosecution of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare following the death of Hoare’s three-year-old son from asphyxiation, allegedly due to being crushed by Waterson’s car seat; Waterson was convicted of manslaughter, while Hoare received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Also of note, Alistair Richardson, unled, prosecuted Tristan Morgan, a neo-Nazi who attempted to burn down Exeter Synagogue. Dorian Lovell-Pank QC retired from practice in January 2020.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Duncan Atkinson QC6KBW College HillHe is a first-class advocate.