Leadership changes at Kingsley Napley

22 January 2018

Kingsley Napley LLP is delighted to announce that Stephen Parkinson will become Senior Partner at the firm with effect from 1 May.

Stephen is a highly-respected criminal and public lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. His caseload has included representation of corporates and numerous senior business people in connection with SFO, HMRC and CPS investigations. He has recently represented a FTSE 100 company* during an SFO investigation; represented Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking investigations and Leveson Inquiry; and represented the FCA and its employees during the Davis inquiry. Stephen is unique in also having been instructed by three former Prime Ministers, including Tony Blair during the Hutton Inquiry, and many other senior politicians to the present day, drawing on his previous extensive experience as a high-ranking government lawyer.  

Stephen succeeds Jane Keir, senior partner since May 2013, whose term has come to an end.  Jane will return to full-time fee earning as a family law partner. Jane was Kingsley Napley’s first female senior partner.

As a result of Stephen’s new role, Louise Hodges becomes Head of Kingsley Napley’s Criminal Litigation practice. Louise first joined Kingsley Napley in 1997 and is an experienced practitioner in criminal and financial services regulatory litigation. She has represented individuals and corporates subject to investigation by various agencies including the FCA, SFO and HMRC; led the Kingsley Napley team advising in the Baha Mousa inquiry; advised Rebekah and Charlie Brooks in the hacking investigation and trial; and worked with Stephen on the recent representation of a FTSE 100 company* under investigation by the SFO. Louise also heads the firm’s Financial Services group.

Stephen Parkinson comments: “I am looking forward to leading the firm with Linda Woolley, our managing partner, through the next few years with all the opportunities that lie ahead. I am proud to be part of Kingsley Napley and of the great work we do for clients daily, from high-profile or life-changing cases to issues that may not grab the headlines but matter a great deal to those who instruct us. My priority now is for Kingsley Napley to become better known for attracting talented lawyers and support teams from all backgrounds and to help them fulfil their potential. A greater mix of talent will help us build on our reputation for creativity and innovation. I will also be continuing my practice in business and financial crime litigation and public law, both because I enjoy it and want to maintain my interaction with clients and because I wish to continue to work at the coalface alongside my excellent colleagues.” 

Jane Keir comments: “As Senior Partner, I was keen to showcase the diversity of expertise that Kingsley Napley has across the spectrum of our practice areas.  I am pleased to have played my part in demonstrating that there is no glass ceiling at Kingsley Napley for women with ideas plus the drive and ambition to succeed.  We now have a 50:50 gender balance within the partnership.  The firm has also grown and developed both through the retention and promotion of our own trainees and, just as importantly, by attracting some of the best practitioners in the country to join us. I’m delighted that Stephen is devoted to progressing diversity and inclusivity, particularly in encouraging social mobility within our profession. I am confident he too will achieve meaningful change.  I wish him every success.”

Louise Hodges comments: “It is a great honour to be taking over leadership of the Kingsley Napley criminal litigation team – in my view the top criminal defence job in the country.  The pace of change in criminal law is ever-increasing and our talented defence lawyers are at the forefront of developments in all areas of fraud and financial services regulatory work, corporate crime and investigations, international and general crime. "

ENDS

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* Note: the FTSE100 company referred to in this release is Tesco, but the company has deliberately not been identified because the trial of a number of former Tesco employees is still underway. There are legal restrictions on the extent to which anyone may publish or broadcast any comment that might in any way prejudice the course of justice in relation to those proceedings (known as the 'strict liability rule') and there is a specific court order under section 4(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 restricting reports in relation to the Tesco DPA. The DPA only relates to the potential criminal liability of Tesco Stores Limited and no other person.

Kingsley Napley is a City law firm providing advice to individuals and businesses in the following areas: employment law, private client advisory, public law, criminal defence litigation, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, family law, medical negligence, regulatory, real estate, construction and immigration.  Kingsley Napley ranked 23rd in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work list in 2017. It currently has 53 partners of which 55% are female.

For more information about Kingsley Napley, please visit: http://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/  For more details of the experience and career history of the partners named in this release, please see links to full biographies on the firm’s website:  Stephen Parkinson, Jane Keir and Louise Hodges.

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