Details of practice

Richard Atchley is a criminal and civil law specialist.  He is renowned for his work in heavyweight crime, including; murder, rape, drugs offences, armed robbery and fraud.  Complementing this, he specialises in Inquests resulting from health and safety breaches, road traffic accidents, deaths in custody and other related matters.  Richard is a leading presence in disciplinary tribunals and regularly represents police officers in both criminal and misconduct proceedings as well as Inquests.  Richard has covered the full spectrum of criminal work at the Bar spanning a career of over 33 years which includes a strong practice in licensing matters.

Directory recommendations

“His courage and initiative takes cases in satisfying directions.” The Legal 500 2019:  Police Law

‘He is superb and particularly wonderful when it comes to complex cases.’ ‘He can be positive even in difficult circumstances and he’s fearless in court.’ ‘He has this lovely, laid-back presentation style. His clients love him to bits and he’s completely unflappable.’  Chambers UK 2017: Professional Discipline

“He produces beautifully pitched advocacy and really pays attention to what’s going on around him.” Chambers UK 2016: Professional Discipline

‘He is conscientious, hard-working and realistic in the way he approaches cases.’ Chambers UK 2015: Professional Discipline

“A highly regarded criminal lawyer who has developed a successful professional discipline practice.”  “He has a very nice manner, is very personable, and comes across as being generous and reasonable.  He is a tough opponent.  Chambers UK 2014:  Professional discipline

Ranked as a Leading Junior in the Crime and Licensing Sections of The Legal 500 2009

“The ‘formidably bright’ Richard Atchley has a very strong following.” The Legal 500 2009

“Richard Atchley ‘strikes the right balance between aggressive advocacy when required, and smoothing proceedings when things can get difficult”  The Legal 500 2008

Education/professional qualifications

Called 1977


Recorder of the Crown Courts 2002

Ticketed to try serious sexual offences 2007