Louise specialises in all fraud and business crime litigation, including investigations and prosecutions by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (formerly the Financial Services Authority (FSA)), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), The City of London Police (COLP) Fraud Division and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). She is a lead partner in the firm's Internal Investigations team.

"Louise Hodges is a lead partner in the firm's internal investigations team and "one of the best around" in the eyes of our sources. She has experience of investigations and prosecutions brought by the FCA, SFO, the City of London Police fraud division and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). "If you can get her, get her" said one interviewee."

The International Who's Who Legal: Investigations, 2015

Louise is particularly well known for representing individuals subject to financial regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct including insider dealing and misleading the market. Her cases frequently have an international dimension, including involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as many European Regulators and prosecutors.  She is also experienced in representing individuals embroiled in HMRC criminal investigations into tax avoidance schemes.She has recently been involved in representing individuals in the Libor and FX fixing investigations.  She was part of the team representing Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, in particular with regard to the allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Louise is a main author and co-editor with Stephen Gentle of "Kingsley Napley: Serious Fraud, Investigation and Trial" which was published in April 2009.   She is chair of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

Louise also has public law experience including the Leveson Inquiry. She was the lead partner heading a team of lawyers representing a number of military witnesses in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry. 

Louise has a particular interest in Europe and is currently the Vice Chair of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA).  She has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and is regularly invited to attend various expert meetings in Europe. Recent projects include Qualetra (Quality in Legal Translation in criminal proceedings in Europe), the right to access to a lawyer, the European Public Prosecutions Office (EPPO), the European Investigation Order (EIO) and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). 

Louise joined Kingsley Napley in 1997 as a trainee and qualified into the criminal and regulatory practice area in 1999.  She became a partner in 2005. She has previous non-criminal legal experience working in the field of International Capital Markets in Hong Kong which included a secondment to ING Barings.

Louise is listed by Who's Who Legal as a 'Thought Leader' 2017.

Professional societies

Professional Committees

  • Chair, Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Vice Chair, European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Corporate Criminal Liability
  • Member of Law Society European Criminal Law working group
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL)

Further information

  • Listed in The Lawyer's 2012 Hot 100 Lawyers
  • Listed in the 2013 edition of the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Regularly invited to expert meetings by the European Commission, European Parliament and NGOs in relation to Criminal Justice in Europe
  • Has given evidence to the House of Lords European Union Select Committee


  • Gentle & Hodges: 'Kingsley Napley: Serious Fraud Investigations & Trial' 4th Ed Lexis Nexus Butterworths April 2009
  • Contributor to policy papers and consultations on behalf of the Law Society, the ECBA, the LCCSA and Kingsley Napley. Topics include best practice in Antitrust proceedings, EU proposals on evidence gathering and advisability, e-Justice, European Arrest Warrant, Fraud and Regulatory Offences
  • Joint author with Stephen Gentle of "Regulatory Offences" chapter in "Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure" published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2004
  • Contributing Editor to the Journal of European Criminal Law (JECL)

Press highlights

Louise Hodges


"...The "absolutely superb" Louise Hodges receives praise from market sources regarding her representation of individuals on contentious FS matters, which often draws upon her broader criminal expertise. Interviewees note in particular that she is"incredibly responsive and extremely thorough," and appreciate that "she will consider an issue from every angle..."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

"Louise Hodges is a "market leadier", praised by her clients and peers alike for her "calm, insigtful and effective counsel" in relation to FCA, SFO and HM Revenue and Customs investigations."

Who’s Who Legal Investigations 2016

"a go-to for individuals under suspicion of fraud and business-related criminal proceedings. Sources say: "She's phenomenally hard-working, very personable and great with clients. She has good judgement and is not unrealistic in assessment of the case."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

"...a 'pre-eminent practitioner' who garners huge respect in the legal market for her 'no-nonsense approach' and 'excellent style of delivery'."

Who's Who Legal, Business Crime Defence 2015

"...known for advising prominent individuals on liabilities arising from major investigations... 'demonstrates excellent strategic and tactical awareness'..."

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

"...first choice for City traders in trouble with the FCA or SFO..."

Legal 500 UK, 2014