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Mike Atkins

Call 2006

"Phenomenally hard-working and fights his client’s corner with conviction. He has both skill and tenacity."
(Chambers UK 2018)

Mike Atkins specialises exclusively in the field of criminal regulatory law, with particular expertise in Health & Safety, Inquests, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Product Safety, Consumer Law, and Environmental Law.

He is one of the most sought-after junior counsel for complex and high-profile cases, including prosecutions for corporate and gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences.

He is regularly instructed on behalf of multinational and household name companies as well as directors, employees and public bodies. His clients have included Morrisons supermarkets, John Lewis, South Western Railway, Electricity North West, Bupa, Sisk Rail, JCB, HJ Heinz, CEMEX, Mace Group, Serco, Shepherd Neame, Norbert Dentressangle, AWE plc, and a number of NHS Trusts.

The directories describe him as “a rising star” who is “very user-friendly”, “phenomenally hard-working” and who “fights his client’s corner with conviction. He has both skill and tenacity”.

He is currently instructed in several of the most significant ongoing health & safety investigations including the Didcot Power Station collapse.

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“A rising star” and “a very accomplished technical lawyer who works very hard and is always very well prepared.”

Chambers UK 2020

“A very user-friendly barrister.”

Legal 500 2020

“Brilliant in terms of his attention to detail and the way he takes hold of a case.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Phenomenally hard-working and fights his client’s corner with conviction. He has both skill and tenacity.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“A real lawyers’ lawyer, who demonstrates a painstaking attention to detail and outstanding intellect.”

Legal 500 2017

“Absolutely excellent and so hardworking, he’s fully switched on.”

Chambers UK 2017

“He is massively well prepared and extremely thorough.”

Chambers UK 2017

“He is softly spoken, effective and very clever.”

Chambers UK 2016

“He’ll check every legal avenue to find the best possible outcome.”

Chambers UK 2015

“An approachable team player who has superb attention to detail…a popular choice for high profile matters such as corporate manslaughter cases and inquest work.”

Chambers UK 2014

“A technical genius, who is becoming a go-to junior.”

Legal 500 2014

“Very thorough in his research, knows the cases inside out, very responsive and always gets to the issues.”

Chambers UK 2013

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