Emily is an Associate in the Criminal Litigation department, specialising in all areas of financial and business crimeinternal investigations, international crime and general crime.

Financial and Business Crime

Emily frequently represents clients in relation to financial and business crime investigations, including those facing allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, tax evasion, false accounting, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering. She has experience of investigations by a wide range of domestic and overseas agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Service, Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), National Trading Standards and the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Internal Investigations

Emily also acts for corporate clients conducting internal investigations into allegations of misconduct, including fraud, data protection breaches and human rights breaches. Her experience spans a number of sectors, including professional services, financial services and non-profit. In addition, Emily represents individuals caught up in internal investigations by their employers.

International Crime and Extradition

Emily has a particular interest and expertise in international crime and extradition

Before joining Kingsley Napley, Emily was part of the Standby Defence Team for Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. At Kingsley Napley, Emily has worked on one of the very few universal jurisdiction cases brought in England and Wales, successfully defending an overseas individual charged with torture. Emily frequently writes and has given talks on the topic of universal jurisdiction and more generally on international criminal issues.

Emily has also advised clients on a number of investigations with cross border and international elements and acts for individuals facing extradition proceedings or the publication of INTERPOL red notices. Her current cases include a number of cross border investigations into alleged bribery and corruption.

General Crime, “Sextortion” and Blackmail

Emily advises clients under investigation by the police and other prosecuting authorities, from arrest and interviews under caution in the police station through to trial. Her experience includes defending clients accused of sexual offences, possession or making of indecent images, assault, theft, and controlling and coercive behaviour.

In particular, Emily specialises in assisting individuals who are at risk of reputational damage due to falling victim to "sextortion" or blackmail. In doing so, she frequently works with Kingsley Napley’s reputation management team, to ensure that her clients achieve a result which avoids adverse publicity and reputational damage.

Diversity and Inclusion 

Emily is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion group and is co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ and Allies network.


Financial and Business Crime

  • Representing the former Finance Director of a listed company prosecuted by the FCA for false accounting, making misleading statements to the market and misleading the company’s auditors.
  • Representing individuals in several high profile SFO investigations into suspected fraud, bribery and corruption and money laundering.
  • Representing an individual in relation to a global investigation into suspected bribery and corruption.
  • Successfully securing no further action against two individuals accused of suspected tax evasion by HMRC.
  • Successfully securing no further action against a company director under investigation by National Trading Standards for alleged consumer rights offences.

Internal Investigations

  • Conducting an internal investigation on behalf of a corporate client in relation to suspected criminal misconduct by several of its current and former employees.
  • Conducting a cross-border internal investigation on behalf of a non-profit client in relation to press allegations concerning alleged human rights abuses.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a firm authorised by the FCA into allegations made by a whistleblower, including advising on the firm’s reporting obligations.

International Crime and Extradition

  • Representing Colonel Kumar Lama, a Colonel in the Nepalese army, on charges of torture, following his arrest in the UK.
  • Advising various individuals on risk of prosecution in UK for war crimes and related allegations.
  • Representing several individuals in a high profile global investigation, including advising on the removal of INTERPOL red notices.
  • Representing a company in relation to asset freezing, including challenging an overseas restraint order.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

  • Representing a number of individuals who are victims of blackmail / “sextortion”.
  • Secured an acquittal at trial for an individual accused of theft.  The CPS decided to offer no evidence on the first day of trial.
  • Successfully persuaded the CPS to drop the case against a client charged with making indecent images.


Professional memberships and societies


Related Services

Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders, and Cash Seizure

Tackling illicit finance and the proceeds of crime is a government priority and law enforcement focus.

AML Compliance

Ensuring that the UK financial system is an increasingly hostile environment for illicit finances is a key government priority.

Restraint Orders, Confiscation and Third Party Rights

We advise individuals and corporates in relation to restraint orders and third party applications in respect of property caught by restraint orders.

Unexplained Wealth Orders

UWOs are used by law enforcement agencies to require an individual to prove that a particular asset was obtained through legitimate means.

Extending Moratorium Periods

Another feature of the Proceeds of Crime Act that can have the unwelcome effect of freezing property is the 'moratorium period'

Criminal Litigation

Our criminal lawyers are astute, supportive and highly sophisticated, particularly known for providing strategic, sensible and practical advice.

International Crime and Extradition

Criminal law is increasingly an international concept with cross-border implications. Knowing your rights and options is essential.


Kingsley Napley has a wealth of experience in successfully defending extradition requests having worked in this field for several decades.


An Interpol Red Notice can severely inhibit a person’s liberty, and have drastic consequences for a person’s reputation. We can assist in Red Notice cases by engaging with Interpol either prior to or following the issue of a Red Notice.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

Blackmail and Extortion

Should you find yourself the victim of extortion or are accused of threatening someone, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Internal Investigations

Corporate clients require sophisticated and sensitive advice when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to escalate.

Bribery and Corruption

We have a long track record of defending corruption investigations for individuals. Our expert lawyers can also advise on internal investigations.

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