Angus McBride trained in London before working in criminal defence in Bristol for eight years, returning to London to join Kingsley Napley in 1999. In Bristol he ran a Legal Aid practice defending allegations of serious crime including rape, robbery, manslaughter and murder. Since then he has defended numerous high profile criminal prosecutions and become one of the country's leading defence lawyers with an unprecedented practice and a reputation for tenacity and excellence. He specialises in all aspects of criminal defence in particular general crime work which has included the representation of politicians, financiers, members of the UK royal household, government officials, actors, entertainers and sports stars.

Advice is often given at a stage where efforts are being made to avoid police involvement or with a view to avoiding charges and resultant reputation damage. Where charges are brought he has extensive trial preparation, strategic experience and an excellent track record of acquittals.

"Angus McBride has an 'exceptional depth of experience' in this sector and is 'certainly one of England's best defence lawyers'..."

The International Who's Who of Business Crime, 2013

Angus is experienced in advising members of government agencies in sensitive inquiries where independent expertise is required. This has included advice arising from allegations of breaches of international obligations under UNCAT and the Geneva Convention and issues arising from treatment of detainees. He has experience of dealing with Government agencies at the highest level and has developed an extensive network of contacts.

Angus has extensive experience in high profile matters requiring press and reputational management (see selective list of cases in the public domain set out below - many cannot be listed for reasons of confidentiality).He will assist in the provision of general and PR services in conjunction with other teams at Kingsley Napley and external agencies.

Angus is listed as a leader in his field in legal publications including Chambers and the Legal 500 (see relevant quotes below). He is also listed as a leading individual in the International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2011.

Angus lectures on various aspects of Criminal law including search and seizure and police powers.

What is said about Angus:

  • “has a high-profile client base and 'a great following', handling sensitive matters for high-profile clients, often with intense media interest surrounding them", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012)
  • "a bright, media-savvy tactical genius", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012)
  • "superb service, in depth knowledge of the law and ability to engage with clients", (Legal 500 UK, 2011)
  • "media-friendly and relaxed approach", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011)
  • Angus is "praised for his determination and creativity in finding alternative solutions to issues", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011)
  • "outstanding lawyer", (Legal 500 UK, 2010)
  • "a highly dynamic individual who is very well versed in countering charges at a pre-trial stage", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010)
  • "an impressive choice for advising CEO's in regards to corruption", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010)
  • "'a bright, media-savvy tactical genius' with a reputation for handling prominent clients with tact and sensitivity", (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2009)
  • "an incredibly well versed individual" (Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2005)
  • "He will not leave any stone unturned and will then worry that he may have missed a stone, but he is unflappable and never appears too busy", London Evening Standard (28 September 2007)
  • "Media savvy", London Evening Standard (28 September 2007)
  • "...'does very high quality fraud work' and has a 'well established reputation'...", (Legal 500 UK, 2010)
  • "...has experience across a range of criminal work, notably representing individuals from the sports and media sectors", (Legal 500 UK, 2007)

Selected matters in which Angus has acted:

  • R -v- Majeed and others (Allegation of Cricket corruption)
  • Operation Weeting - Investigation into phone hacking and payments to Police
  • Gerry and Kate McCann
  • Mountain guide accused and acquitted of manslaughter arising from a death on Mount Everest (2006)
  • Solicitor for acquitted Chelsea footballer in GBH and affray trial at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court (2002)
  • "Cash for honours" Inquiry
  • "Oil for Food" investigation
  • Jubilee Line extension fraud trial
  • Represented actor and comedian Chris Langham at his trial in 2007
  • Legal advisor to Players Committee of the England Football Team
  • Heavily involved in the Peat/Lawson "St James's Palace Inquiry" (2003)
  • R -v- Da Costa - Solicitor for acquitted football player in assault allegation

Angus McBride


"...'excellent'...'extremely bright, tenacious and calm'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

"...‘extremely proactive’...‘always well prepared’..."

Legal 500 UK, 2013