Kingsley Napley’s best year ever in latest Legal 500 release

30 September 2021

The 2022 Legal 500 UK rankings have been released, with Kingsley Napley performing excellently once again. Our lawyers have worked incredibly hard in challenging circumstances over the last year, and it’s wonderful to see these efforts recognised in the latest release.

In key developments, we’ve seen 13 new practitioners ranked, with the overall number of individual rankings going up from 42 to 54. We’ve also seen rankings go up across 8 different practice areas, with a new practice area ranking in Commercial Property: Corporate Occupiers.

Court of Protection, Fraud: Civil, Partnership, Residential Property, Financial Services: Contentious, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, Employers and Professional Negligence all saw upward movement. The firm was also recognised as a ‘Firm to Watch’ in Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity.

An impressive seven practice areas achieved a Tier 1 ranking, with 12 lawyers featured in the Hall of Fame – the largest number to date. Younger team members also impressed, with 9 Rising Stars; an increase on last year.

Managing partner Linda Woolley said of the latest results:

This year sees our highest number of practitioners and departments ranked to date, it’s great to see our excellent results in this year’s Legal 500 UK rankings, reflecting the exceptional expertise of our lawyers delivering the best outcomes for our clients. I would like to thank all of our people for their hard work and dedication over the past year."

Congratulations to all our departments and team members on this achievement.

Top tier firm in seven practice areas

  1. Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general
  2. Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
  3. Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
  4. Employment > Immigration: business
  5. Employment > Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay
  6. Employment > Senior executives
  7. Public sector > Administrative and public law


Recommended firm in 20 practice areas

  • Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
  • Corporate and commercial > Partnership
  • Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
  • Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
  • Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
  • Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
  • Employment > Employers
  • Employment > Health and safety
  • Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
  • Insurance > Professional negligence
  • Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
  • Private client > Court of protection
  • Private client > Family
  • Private client > Family: mediation
  • Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
  • Real estate > Residential property
  • Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport


Ranked Individuals

  • Adam Chapman
  • Andreas White
  • Andy Norris
  • Caroline Day
  • Charlotte Bradley
  • Charlotte Harris
  • Connie Atkinson
  • Craig Baylis
  • David Sleight
  • Elspeth Guild
  • Hannah Eales
  • Iain Miller
  • Ilda de Sousa
  • James Ward
  • Jane Keir
  • Jessica Clay
  • Jill Lorimer
  • Jonathan Grimes
  • Julie Norris
  • Kate Salter
  • Katie Newbury
  • Kim Vowden
  • Lauren Evans
  • Louise Hodges
  • Marcia Longdon
  • Mary Young
  • Melinka Berridge
  • Moira Campbell
  • Natasha Forman
  • Nick Ralph
  • Nicola Finnerty
  • Nicola Hill
  • Nicolas Rollason
  • Punam Sood
  • Rebecca Niblock
  • Richard Foss
  • Richard Fox
  • Richard Lodge
  • Ryan Mowat
  • Sandra Paul
  • Sarah Harris
  • Shannett Thompson
  • Simon Hardy
  • Sital Fontenelle
  • Stephen Parkinson
  • Sue Thackeray
  • Terrence Donovan


Other recommended lawyers

  • Abby Buckland
  • Adrian Crawford
  • Alun Milford
  • Anita Gill
  • Bethan Owen
  • Corinne Aldridge
  • Edmund Smyth
  • Emily Carter
  • Fiona Simpson
  • Helen Morris
  • Jemma Garside
  • Jim Sawer
  • Julie Matheson
  • Katherine Pymont
  • Laura Harper
  • Laura Sylvester
  • Michael Mulligan
  • Nick De Mulder
  • Nikola Southern
  • Paul Harbour
  • Sophie Kemp
  • William Christopher


Kingsley Napley is quite an extraordinary legal practice that puts the client and the law above their own interests. They provide excellent counsel but also excellent client engagement. They provide a service that is second to none with full understanding of which barristers or chambers should be engaged for court representation."

The Legal 500 UK 2022

Their manner is excellent. They understand your needs and are sympathetic to them. They listen. Their advice is thoughtful and realistic."

The Legal 500 UK 2022

This team displays excellence at every step of the way. I am particularly impressed by how the paralegals and trainees are just as involved as the partners: it means that the team is cohesive and reliable."

The Legal 500 UK 2022

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