NICHOLAS ATKINSON QC
YEAR OF CALL: 1971
After 10 years in a common law set Nic joined Chambers to concentrate exclusively on crime, taking silk 10 years later. Since then his practice has covered all areas of crime from fraud to more than 100 homicide trials (including baby shaking, child murders, domestic killings and gang related killings) and a wide range of sexual offences.
Nic has been described in Chambers & Partners as a ‘personal and self-assured lawyer’, ‘popular and well-liked…having a wonderful way with clients and judges alike’, ‘a worthy opponent for anybody’ and ‘a brilliant jury advocate’.
Co-opted to the Bar Council in the 70s, and elected to it in the 80s and 90s, Nic has also served on the Western Circuit Committee and that of the Criminal Bar Association. He has contributed to legal discussions on radio and television whilst his contributions to legal publications have been chiefly limited to Readers Digest and Private Eye.
Never having been accused of taking himself too seriously, he nevertheless takes his cases, and not least his next one, very seriously.