Richard Atkinson has specialised in felony regulation for 30 years, with a give attention to severe crime litigation. He’s an obligation lawyer and a excessive authority advocate, representing purchasers in court docket.
Richard mentioned: “I’m honored to be elected as Deputy Vice President of the Regulation Society.”
“I stood for workplace due to my sturdy perception in my career, its values and the work we’ve carried out to help our purchasers and uphold the rule of regulation,” he defined.
“As attorneys, we should be brave and converse on behalf of these much less succesful and for the establishments which are the important thing to a functioning democracy. Many of those are in danger – not least our felony justice system “
Richard will take workplace in October 2022 – vice chairman in 2023 and president in 2024 to 2025, when the Regulation Society celebrates its two hundredth anniversary.
President I. Stephanie Boyce was delighted to welcome Richard to the Regulation Society.
“My congratulations exit to Richard Atkinson, who emerged because the winner from a robust subject of candidates,” she mentioned.
“I want him the perfect of luck for his three years because the workplace holder of the Regulation Society.”
Richard certified as an legal professional in 1990 on the felony protection apply Robin Murray Firm.
In 2013, he joined the nationwide agency Tuckers Solicitors LLP as a Managing Accomplice of its Kent department.
Richard makes a speciality of severe and complicated felony circumstances. He’s a Excessive Court docket lawyer who has appeared in quite a lot of high-profile circumstances together with murders, severe intercourse offences, fraud and high-value drug circumstances.
Richard was elected as a member of the Regulation Society Council for Kent in 2016.
He’s a member of our Legal Regulation Committee, having served as chairman for six years, in addition to our Coverage and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Richard is a member of the Residence Workplace’s Police and Legal Proof Advisory Board, the Nationwide Disclosure Discussion board, and the Crown Court docket Enchancment Group.
He additionally sat on the Advisory Panel for the Latest Impartial Evaluation of Legal Authorized Assist, chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC.
Richard was shortlisted for Authorized Character of the 12 months on the Regulation Society Awards in 2021. He acquired a particular award in 2020 from the Authorized Assist Practitioner Group for shielding solicitors who have been offering authorized recommendation to suspects detained at police stations in the course of the pandemic.