Kingsley Napley recognised in six categories in
The Times Best Law Firms 2020

14 November 2019

We are pleased to be recognised again as "best for financial crime & fraud & regulatory" in The Times Best Law Firms 2020 and to be commended for the first time in five further categories, including commercial dispute resolution, employment, family, immigration, personal injury & clinical negligence.

Commentary about Kingsley Napley by The Times:

Kingsley Napley, one of the best-known criminal and regulation law practices in the UK, is representing Lady Brownlie, the widow of Sir Ian Brownlie, a QC who died with his daughter in a limousine crash while on safari in Egypt. The High Court took the unusual step of giving permission for the case to be heard in the English court with Egyptian law applied. Lady Brownlie is suing the Egyptian branch of the Four Seasons hotel chain over the deaths. Sir Ian advised Jimmy Carter during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

In February the firm boosted its criminal litigation team with the appointment of Alun Milford, former general counsel at the Serious Fraud Office.

It is advising Tesco over alleged accounting irregularities and representing the former chief executive of the now defunct Cambridge Analytica over the Facebook data breach scandal. It also acted for the businessman Arron Banks, who issued a legal threat against Netflix over The Great Hack, a documentary about the affair.

Its criminal team represented the former JLS band member Oritsé Williams, successfully defending an allegation that he raped a woman in 2016.

Last year the firm’s founder, Sir David Napley, who represented the former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe at trial in 1979, was portrayed by Jonathan Hyde in the BBC drama A Very English Scandal, which is based on the case. Thorpe was cleared of conspiracy and incitement to murder his former lover.

Kingsley Napley, which was founded in 1937, is known for its diversity. Of its 55 partners, 31 are women, including Linda Woolley, its managing partner, Nicola Hill, head of regulatory, and Louise Hodges, head of the criminal litigation practice. Women make up 72 per cent of all staff.

This year the firm took over the employment law firm Archon Solicitors and Corinne Aldridge, its managing partner, became head of Kingsley Napley’s employment team.

Two other partners, six associates and a consultant joined, more than doubling the team’s size. It claims that the combined team will be one of the strongest senior executive, and entrepreneur and partnership-focused employment practices in London.

The firm acted for Dominic de Bono, a solicitor who claimed that he had been wrongfully dismissed by the law firm Edwin Coe after raising concerns about the treatment of a junior colleague. Edwin Coe denied the claim at a tribunal and the proceedings were later withdrawn and dismissed."

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