Press release: Kingsley Napley announces eight new partners in 2020 promotions round

1 September 2020

Kingsley Napley LLP is making up eight to partner in its latest promotions round.

The new cohort comes from five practice areas: Criminal Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family & Divorce, Immigration and Regulatory.

The following become partners at the firm today 1 September 2020:

  • Connie Atkinson (Family & Divorce) advises on all aspects of private family work with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional disputes and cases involving complex finance and business assets. Connie also advises on private children cases involving relocation and international surrogacy. Connie is a qualified mediator.
  • Abby Buckland (Family & Divorce) has particular expertise in complex financial disputes involving trust assets, pre-acquired wealth or inheritance. Abby also specialises in advising on all areas of private children law including cases involving parental alienation or relocation.
  • Hannah Eales (Regulatory) is a barrister and experienced advocate who specialises in regulatory, health and safety and criminal law matters. She has particular expertise in fire safety law having prosecuted on behalf of fire and rescue authorities and represented individuals and corporates for breaches of the Fire Safety Order before the criminal courts.  Hannah advises on compliance with fire safety legislation and regulations. 
  • Helen Morris (Dispute Resolution) is a highly experienced media litigator acting for claimants and defendants in high-profile defamation, privacy and harassment cases. She also works on data protection matters.  
  • Katie Newbury (Immigration) specialises in handling challenging personal immigration instructions. This includes cases involving human rights issues, complex applications and appeals for families as well as working with investors, entrepreneurs and those in the tech industry looking to relocate to the UK.
  • Ed Smyth (Criminal Litigation) acts for individuals and corporates facing investigation and prosecution by a wide range of law enforcement agencies. He specialises in white collar and financial crime and his cases often have an international dimension. Ed is also the Media Officer of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and sits on the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.
  • Shannett Thompson (Regulatory) acts for health and social care professionals involved in regulatory proceedings, including representing doctors in respect of investigations by the GMC. She also advises healthcare businesses and care home providers on their regulatory obligations. She is one of the firm’s experts on medical cannabis and private prosecutions.
  • Katherine Tyler (Criminal Litigation) is a barrister highly experienced in extradition and human rights. Katherine has particular experience in cross-border investigations and is a founder and co-chair of the Business and Human Rights Practitioners’ Network.

Linda Woolley, Kingsley Napley’s Managing Partner, comments:

Notwithstanding the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to continuing to invest in the firm, our people and our future.  So I am delighted to welcome our new members of the partnership in recognition of their strong contributions to their respective practice areas. I have no doubt that they will continue to be impressive performers throughout and beyond the current crisis. It is notable that seven of the eight lawyers making up to partner are women, underlining our continuing commitment to development of female talent at Kingsley Napley. With this new cohort, I am proud that women now represent 60% of all partners at the firm.”


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Notes to Editors

Kingsley Napley is a 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 26th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020 list and ranked 76 in The Lawyer’s Top 200 UK Law Firms 2019 list by revenue.


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