Criminal Litigation

The leading criminal defence
solicitors in the UK

Our criminal defence lawyers are astute, supportive and highly sophisticated, particularly known for their skills in providing strategic, sensible and practical criminal law advice and for our ability to keep potentially high profile cases out of the public eye.

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"The crime team is first-rate. They are dedicated, hard-working and tireless in their preparation of cases."

Chambers and Partners 2017

Top-ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500, Kingsley Napley are the leading criminal defence solicitors in the UK.

We are at the cutting edge of white collar and general crime defence cases, having been involved in many of the most significant cases over the past 50 years. Our experience in this field is second to none.

Our criminal lawyers are highly sophisticated, astute and supportive. We are particularly well known for our skill in providing strategic advice and for our ability to keep high profile cases out of the public eye.

We enjoy an excellent international reputation as our work increasingly involves investigations in multiple jurisdictions and the use of extradition, red notices and mutual legal assistance.  Such cases require a sophisticated understanding of foreign law and practice and its impact in the UK.  We have developed a network of lawyers around the world with whom we work.


"They are determined to do the best for their clients at all times and leave absolutely no stone unturned. It is a brilliant defence firm."      

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

"Stephen Parkinson’s department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to ‘hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’"

Legal 500, 2016

"It is an excellent firm - the level of preparation for cases is just fantastic."                           

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

"Kingsley Napley is pre-eminent at what it does: high-end, complex criminal work for high-profile individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

"One of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms, noted for its high-profile mandates from media organisations and sports professionals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

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