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Mike Atkins

Call 2006

"Absolutely excellent and so hardworking, he's fully switched on."
(Chambers UK 2017)

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Mike regularly represents companies, directors, employees, families, and public bodies at inquests. He has extensive experience of cases in a broad range of contexts including deaths in custody, medical treatment, residential care, construction, manufacturing, fire safety, gas and electrical safety, sports and leisure, schools and nurseries and road traffic accidents.

Selected Cases

  • An inquest into the death of a railway depot worker who was electrocuted when he came into contact with the third rail.
  • Junior counsel (led by Ben Compton Q.C.) for the care home in an inquest into the death of an elderly resident who suffered fatal scalding injuries.
  • A week-long inquest into the death of a motorway worker who was trapped by the boom of a vacuum excavation machine.
  • A week-long inquest into the death of a supervisor killed when a silo of ink slipped from the forks of a forklift truck.
  • A week-long inquest into the death of a resident at a care home who choked on food.
  • A two-week inquest into the death of a member of the public who was struck by a horse and carriage at a country fair.
  • An inquest into the death of an infant who suffered serious fireplace burns.
  • A two-week inquest into the death of a contractor who fell from a cherry picker.
  • A four-day inquest into the death of a driver killed during a police pursuit.
  • A two-week inquest into the deaths of two students who were crushed to death at a nightclub in Northampton in 2011.
  • An inquest into the death of a patient who failed to recover from anaesthetic following major surgery.
  • Instructed to represent Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in the two-week inquest following the trial at which the Trust was acquitted of corporate manslaughter.
  • Represented an international carpet company in the five-week inquest into the death of an employee crushed by moving machinery. The case involved detailed consideration of the respective obligations of designers, suppliers and users of machinery.
  • Junior counsel (led by James Maxwell-Scott Q.C.) to the Coroner in the Lakanal House tower block fire inquests. The inquests lasted 3 months.
  • A week-long inquest into the death in custody of a remand prisoner. The case involved detailed examination of the mental health care arrangements at the prison.
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“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 extremely hard-working and has really developed his reputation over the past couple of years.”

Chambers UK 2016

“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

“Very diligent, with a keen eye for detail.”

Legal 500 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

“He is always thoroughly prepared and heavily researches every point.”

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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