Stephen Parkinson

Partner and Head of Department

Criminal Litigation

"hugely knowledgeable and hugely experienced, with a really good sense of judgement in complex cases, and a very strategic mind."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

Stephen is the head of the Criminal Litigation Practice Area. He has extensive experience of business and financial crime litigation, as well as regulatory litigation and public law. He is a highly versatile lawyer with rankings in the leading directories in respect of business and financial crime; administrative and public law and professional discipline.

Outstanding in Field"

Spears Top 5 Criminal Lawyers, 2016

Widely recognised for his 'sensational' work, particularly defending high-profile individuals"

Who's Who Legal: Business Crime, 2016

Stephen frequently represents high profile individuals caught up in criminal or regulatory investigations. His background, working at the highest levels of government, makes him particularly well placed to advise in cases which need good political antennae and sensitive handling.

Stephen is included in the Times Law 100, the list of the most influential lawyers in the country.

In his varied career Stephen has been a prosecutor in the CPS, the Legal Adviser to the Companies Investigation Branches of the DTI and has had responsibility for all the Government's chancery and regulatory litigation. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Deputy Head of the Attorney General's Office.

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

Really top-notch given his experience and insight. …His knowledge is amazing; he's very sharp and very quick."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

High minded and clever "

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Strong on the interface between criminal and public law". He is described as "very incisive, pragmatic and easy to work with." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Fantastic lawyer, with a political head on him,' ... 'absolutely cool in a crisis."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015

Stephen Parkinson is head of the firm’s criminal and regulatory litigation group and another "major player in the UK market". Interviewees picked out his "phenomenal track record", which includes clients in several major SFO investigations as well as other high-profile clients such as the former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Hutton Inquiry and former UBS chief executive Dr Marcel Rohner in relation to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards."

Who's Who Legal: Investigations, 2015

Stephen Parkinson has 'a very high standing in his field'... 'wonderful at offering strategic advice' and providing 'sound counsel' to clients."

The International Who's Who of Business Crime, 2013

Excellent lawyer, who has great objectivity, and is considerate and calm",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013

Excellent strategic advice on highly sensitive issues",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012

Professional, experienced, calm and knowledgeable",

Legal 500 UK. 2012

Stephen is 'cool and calm in a crisis' and has an ability 'to sift through material and find the bits that matter'...",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012

Clients value his ability to 'see the problems and the issues immediately, and understand the easiest way to make progress'...",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2011

Impressed clients describe him as 'an anchor in the middle of a storm'...",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010

He is commended for his extensive knowledge and ability to explain complex information clearly",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010

Master tactician",

Legal 500, 2009

An intelligent practitioner who has an acute awareness of political sensitivities",

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2009

Outstanding track record",

Legal Business

 

Recent cases

  • Represents Tesco Plc in the SFO investigation into its accounting practices.
  • Currently advises senior business people in several other major SFO investigations.
  • Represented the Financial Conduct Authority  in the Davis Inquiry (2014)
  • Advised Rebekah Brooks in the early stages of operations Weeting and Elveden (phone hacking and police corruption) and the Leveson Inquiry. A Kingsley Napley team led by Angus McBride represented her at trial.
  • Adviser to several former Cabinet Ministers on a range of criminal and public inquiry work: 2012 – to current date.
  • Advised the former Prime Minister Tony Blair and all the No 10 and Cabinet Office witnesses in the Hutton Inquiry.
  • Advised former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major and former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine in the BSE Inquiry.
  • Advised a key witness in the Iraq Inquiry.
  • Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards: advised former UBS Chief Executive, Dr Marcel Rohner.
  • Represented several clients in corruption investigation/prosecution in Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Represented Sir Ian Blair and other officers in the IPCC investigations arising out of the shooting of the Jean Charles de Menezes.
  • Represented Sir Ian Blair in the Flanagan investigation for the MPA.
  • Represented clients in the loans-for-peerages investigation.
  • Represented clients in the BAE/Saudi corruption investigation.

 

Publications and Articles

Books:

  • Author, with David Corker, Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings, published 2009

Articles and comment:

 

Professional SOCIETIES and Memberships

Stephen was called to the Bar in 1980 and requalified as a solicitor in 2005. He became a partner of Kingsley Napley in 2005 and the head of the Criminal and Regulatory Practice Area in 2006. He is also admitted to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in respect of a number of cases.

 

"one of the most talented solicitors around."

Chambers UK, 2017

"His diplomatic skills are second to none, which is very valuable."

Chambers UK, 2017

"exceptional judgment."

Chambers UK, 2017

...Respected for his crisis coolness, strategic judgement and political sensitivity...

Quote taken from Spear's, Top Five Criminal Lawyers, 10th Anniversary Issue 2016

'...recommended for his abilities in politically significant criminal proceedings. Sources praise him as "high-minded and clever.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

...His knowledge is amazing; he's very sharp and very quick..." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Stephen Parkinson is head of the firm’s criminal and regulatory litigation group and another "major player in the UK market". Interviewees picked out his "phenomenal track record", which includes clients in several major SFO investigations as well as other high-profile clients such as the former prime minster Tony Blair in the Hutton Inquiry and former UBS chief executive Dr Marcel Rohner in relation to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards."      

 Who's Who Legal, 2016                                          

...If I were a local authority or public body looking for a solicitor," states a market source, "he would be my first choice.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2014

Stephen Parkinson's case list reads like a Who's Who of modern UK political affairs.

The Lawyer, 2013

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