Mike Atkins

Call 2006

“He is massively well prepared and extremely thorough” ; “Absolutely excellent and so hardworking, he’s fully switched on” 


Chambers UK, 2017

Mike Atkins

Practice Overview

Mike practises exclusively in the field of Criminal Regulatory Law with particular expertise in health and safety, inquests, consumer law, product safety, fire safety, environmental law, and food safety.

He regularly appears in significant and high profile cases, both in his own right and as a junior. He is instructed in cases of corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, prosecutions following fatal and other serious accidents, and appeals against enforcement notices. He frequently appears on behalf of multinational and household name companies as well as directors, employees and public bodies.

He has been appointed to List B of the list of specialist regulatory advocates to prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office of Rail and Road.

Reported cases include R v Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 779 (QB) (application for costs incurred as the result of an unnecessary or improper act or omission after the Trust was acquitted of corporate manslaughter, led by John Cooper Q.C.), Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd [2013] All ER (D) 32 (Feb) (successful appeal against sentence for breach of High Court freezing order, led by Ben Quiney Q.C.), and LB Wandsworth v Covent Garden Market Authority [2011] EWHC 1245 (QB) (the leading authority on time limits in the context of appeals against prohibition and improvement notices).

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