Richard Atkinson

Richard Atkinson is the Managing Partner of the Kent Branch who qualified in 1990. He specialises in preparing and supervising our serious and complex cases and is rated as “outstanding” by the ‘Good Lawyer Guide’ He has acted in many serious and high profile cases including for one of the defendants acquitted after four months of trial in the biggest cash robbery ever in this country. He has acted for a number of professional people including dentists, doctors, police officers, accountants.

Richard also undertakes regulatory work and has acted for a number of companies and individuals who have faced investigation and prosecution by various regulatory bodies including the HSE and Environment Agency.

Richard is a Higher Court Advocate who has appeared in number of high profile cases including murders, serious sex offences, fraud and high value drug cases in the Crown Courts. He has successfully appeared at the Court of Appeal and has appeared before Courts Martial. He was appointed to the list of approved counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Richard is a member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association and the Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates and the Kent Law Society. He is actively involved in supporting the profession and seeking to influence developments within the area of criminal law through his chairmanship of The Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.

He has been recognised for his work together with Robin Murray in seeking to improve the provision of criminal legal aid and they have been described by one national political figure as “two of the most inspiring criminal legal aid lawyers in the country”


Police failures in disclosure of evidence criticised in review

Tuckers’ Partner, Richard Atkinson, is one of those quoted in the national media today, commenting on a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.   The report found that it was rare for police officers to tell prosecutors about evidence that could undermine their case or assist the accused’s – known in legal… Read more »

Tuckers & Kent Defence merge

Tuckers Solicitors LLP, the number one national criminal law firm are pleased to announce that they have completed a merger with Kent Defence Ltd, the highly regarded criminal law specialists based in Margate. Kent Defence will be joining the Tuckers Kent branch ensuring extensive county wide coverage for the branch and with eighteen specialist criminal… Read more »

Richard Atkinson addresses the Police Federation

Richard Atkinson, a Partner in Tuckers’ Kent branch, has addressed the Police Federation on the challenges facing the criminal defence community.  His speech touched on the need for the police to understand the challenges defence representatives face and also for the police themselves to remember that a number of the people that they detain in custody… Read more »