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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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“He is meticulous in his preparation and, as a result, you can be confident that he will leave no stone unturned for your client.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“An unflappable junior who has phenomenal attention to detail. He is extremely organised, very focused, and diligent.”

Legal 500, 2024

“A leading junior in the field of criminal health and safety defence work. Mike has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”

Legal 500, 2024

“He is extremely meticulous and has a forensic approach to his preparation of his cases.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Excellent attention to detail with really top-quality presentation and knowledge – very impressive.”

Legal 500, 2022

“He’s not just buried in the detail but is also strategic in his thinking.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Great attention to detail. He very quickly gets into the issues of a case and is able to ascertain the best way forward for a client. He can also be relied upon to deal with any negative aspects of a client’s case in a sensitive way.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He works phenomenally hard and is a confident and highly intelligent advocate.”; “An extremely thorough and strong advocate.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“One of the best juniors out there in this field. His attention to detail and analytical mind are two key strengths which in the main set him apart. He also has a capacity for unstinting hard work and graft! Technically superb.”

Legal 500, 2021

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

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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

Chambers & Partners, 2019

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

Chambers & Partners, 2018

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