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 which has included the successful defence of Rebekah Brooks at the Central Criminal Court for offences arising out of the phone hacking scandal, as well as 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.

"The “very prominent” Angus McBride boasts a “stellar profile” both in England and around the world. He is known for “giving 110 per cent to cases” and handling them with “the utmost sensitivity”. A recent highlight of his “formidable career” includes successfully defending former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks for offences arising out of the phone-hacking scandal."

The International Who's Who of Business Crime, 2014

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)
  • "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)

Reveal list

Selected reportable matters in which Angus has represented:

  • Rebekah Brooks
  • R -v- Majeed and others (Allegation of Cricket corruption)
  • 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
  • Innospec
  • Jubilee Line extension fraud trial
  • Chris Langham
  • The Peat/Lawson "St James's Palace Inquiry" (2003)

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

"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