Criminal Legal Aid Lawyer Wins Bar Presidential Election

Richard Atkinson has specialized in criminal law for 30 years, with a focus on major crime litigation. He is a senior duty counsel and advocate, representing clients in court.

Richard said, “I am honored to have been elected Associate Vice-President of the Law Society.

“I ran for office because I strongly believed in our profession, its values ​​and the work it does to support our clients and uphold the rule of law,” he explained.

“As lawyers, we must be courageous and speak on behalf of the less capable and the institutions that are essential to the functioning of a democracy. Many of them are under threat, including our criminal justice system.”

Richard will take office in October 2022 – becoming vice-president in 2023 and president in 2024 to 2025, when the Law Society celebrates its 200th anniversary.

President I. Stephanie Boyce was thrilled to welcome Richard to the Bar.

“My congratulations go to Richard Atkinson, who emerged victorious from a strong field of candidates,” she said.

“I wish him all the best for his three years as a barrister.

About Richard

Richard graduated as a barrister in 1990 from the criminal defense firm Robin Murray Co.

In 2013, he joined national firm Tuckers Solicitors LLP as Managing Partner of its Kent branch.

Richard specializes in serious and complex criminal cases. He is a superior court attorney who has appeared in a number of high-profile cases including murder, serious sex offenses, fraud, and high-value drug cases.

Richard was elected a member of the Kent Bar Council in 2016.

He is a member of our Criminal Law Committee, which he chaired for six years, as well as our Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

Richard is a member of the Home Office Police and Criminal Evidence Advisory Council, the National Disclosure Forum and the Crown Court Improvement Group.

He also sat on the Advisory Committee to the recent Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC.

Richard was shortlisted for Legal Person of the Year at the Law Society Awards in 2021. He received a special award from the Legal Aid Practitioner Group in 2020 for his work protecting lawyers who provided legal advice to suspects detained in the posts. police during the pandemic.