Will is a barrister in the criminal litigation team and represents individuals and corporate clients in a range of criminal cases.
 

He was called to the Bar in 2013 and completed pupillage at a leading criminal set, during which he appeared in the magistrates’ court, youth court and crown court for trials, sentencing and other hearings on a daily basis.

Will has represented clients in cases covering the full spectrum of general crime, from road traffic, public order and drug offences, to allegations of serious violence, sexual misconduct and dishonesty. Although he predominately represents suspects and defendants, Will has also acted for complainants in ‘sextortion’ and blackmail cases.

Will has a strong interest in cases with an international dimension and represents clients defending extradition requests and challenging Interpol red notices, with a particular focus on cases emanating from India.

His financial and white-collar crime experience includes investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and HMRC, SFO interviews with witnesses and internal investigations into suspected criminality at large organisations.

Will has extensive experience of all stages of a criminal case, both in court and outside of court, from interviews under caution at the commencement of a criminal investigation right through to matters before the Court of Appeal.

Will has a particular interest in legal professional privilege (LPP) and has developed a comprehensive understanding of the law and its practical application. Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, he was instructed as independent counsel by the SFO to carry out an LPP review in connection with a bribery investigation. Since then he has written extensively on the topic and is often called upon to advise on cases involving complex LPP issues.

RECENT CASES

  • Currently acting for a client whose extradition is sought by the US in respect of alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran and associated fraud offences.
  • Represented a client charged with assisting an offender and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, whose alleged co-conspirators (who were additionally charged with murder) were tried alongside him. The client was acquitted following a five-week trial.
  • Successfully persuaded Interpol to delete a red notice which had been published at the request of India in respect of alleged terrorism offences. The red notice had been in place for 14 years before it was removed.
  • Represented a client who received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to making in excess of 82,000 indecent images of children, and subsequently assisting him with a successful appeal against the length and terms of his sexual harm prevention order. 
  • Represented a broker prosecuted by the SFO for conspiring to manipulate LIBOR and found not guilty at the conclusion of his trial.
  • Worked as part of the defence team for Rebekah and Charlie Brooks in the phone-hacking trial.

 

PUBLICATIONS, PRESS HIGHLIGHTS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & BLOGS

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF)
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association (LCCSA)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)

Related Services

Criminal Litigation

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

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

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

Business and Financial Crime

Our experienced lawyers provide strategic and pragmatic advice in complex business crime cases and situations.

International Crime and Extradition

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

Interpol

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.

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

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.

Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegation of serious crime including offences against the person such as assault, murder and manslaughter throughout the life of a case from the police station through to trial.

Drugs

There is a myth that sharing drugs amongst friends is OK. When you pass a drug to someone else, even if it is not for money, this amounts to supply.

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+44 (0)20 7814 1243

whayes@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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