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.

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

"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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News

The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations - Witness Interviews: The UK Perspective

International Bar Association War Crimes Committee conference - The Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare: The Peace Palace, The Hague, 30 – 31 January 2016

Press Release: Statement issued by Kingsley Napley on behalf of Mazher Mahmood

Why EU Directives matter: the risks to British citizens

Does the existing law adequately protect children from sexual grooming?

House of Lords: Extradition report published

FCA/PRA joint announcement on the Senior Managers Regime: Why NEDs need protection

5 ways to help prevent prosecution for bribery

Procurement and outsourcing: UK Government's anti-corruption initiatives in 2015

Seven years on: The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act

IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law: 31 January – 3 February 2015, The Hague

Police Charged with Health and Safety Offences over shooting

Extradition: removing the automatic right to appeal will lead to injustice

Extradition law: a practitioners guide. Published soon, pre-order today…

Michael Caplan QC appointed to the Sentencing Council

Internal Investigations' - What Have You Got To Lose?

Asil Nadir: the longest case ever undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office

Insider dealing charges for head trader at Blue Index successfully defended by Jill Lorimer and Stephen Gentle

Swings and roundabouts: crime reduction provisions in LASPO

Language barriers - the interpretation crisis in the justice system

Corporate manslaughter - police don't fit the bill

FSA publicity machine ensures victory before its findings are challenged

Leveson Inquiry: A Fair Trial for Journalists?

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

The new National Crime Agency

Chairman of City police given SFO board role

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) plan an initiative to crack down on VAT rule breakers

Telephone taping, wire tapping and the FSA – do the FSA have powers to tap phones ?

Angus McBride calls privacy laws campaign 'misleading'

Kingsley Napley recognises growth of Regulatory and Professional Discipline practice

Update Pace: Caroline Day and Jill Lorimer review amendments to police powers

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Blogs

OPBAS: A supervisor of supervisors?

‘A very important time…in the security landscape of Europe’: director of Europol speaks to the Home Affairs Committee about the organisation’s future

Justice and security: A series on the EU, the UK and the outlook post-Brexit: blog #1

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

Budget 2017 – 35 “New” ways to tackle tax avoidance and evasion

International Criminal Law – A month in review – February 2017

New amendments to FCA/PRA decision-making practice and procedure from 1 March 2017: partly contested cases and abolition of stage 2 and 3 settlement penalty discounts

Judge-only Crown Court trials: a rarely required safeguard

International Criminal Court asked to investigate corporate actors for crimes against humanity linked to Australia’s detention regime

Court Orders South African Government to Revoke ICC Withdrawal Notice

Open and Shut Cases may be re-opened

International Criminal Law – A month in review – January 2017

All change for the PACE codes of practice?

Beckham’s HMRC “Red Card” is a sign of the times

Brexit, Europol, and Euro-specifics

Access to court is not access to justice

When Inaction Becomes Criminal

Sexual offences committed by children against other children is on the rise -shocking or inevitable?

Reform of Official Secrets legislation to recognise contemporary challenges to national security

African Union encourages African nations to revoke jurisdiction of International Criminal Court

FCA and PRA joint policy statement regarding enforcement decision-making

Reform to police bail under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 - a Paper Tiger?

Violence Against Women and Girls (‘VAWG’) – Is the CPS Strategy Working?

Could Trump be prosecuted for torture in UK?

Senior Managers Regime – the FCA predicts more enforcement litigation in the new regime

Drones: a rise in near-misses and an increased government focus

Tackling overseas corruption: Committee recommendations for Department for International Development.

FCA uses criminal powers for first time against alleged unlicensed lender

Corporate Criminal Liability – Consultation opened over need for reform

Universal jurisdiction and the refugee crisis

How the government took the fight to corporate criminals in 2016

The EU Data Protection Directive on Police and Criminal Justice Cooperation – BREXIT Impacts for the UK?

Families affected by Glasgow bin lorry tragedy refused leave to mount a private prosecution

Football abuse scramble has begun

Khmer Rouge leaders’ life sentences to remain

What the Autumn Statement means for tax evasion and avoidance

Recovering the proceeds of crime: the Government responds to MPs recommendations

The UK, Europol…and the EU? Government announces intention to opt-in to new Europol framework creating closer ties with the EU

Q & A – What do FCA regulated firms need to know about Financial Crime Return reporting?

To bail or not to bail? – The question before Parliament as it considers new proposals under the Policing and Crime Bill

UK Task Force investigating the Panama Papers: update focuses on criminal and civil investigations on HNW individuals, tax evasion and money laundering

International criminal law – a month in review September-October 2016

Brexit means Brexit but what about the European Arrest Warrant?

Criticisms of slavery statements, a focus on prosecuting offenders and imposing STPOs: the year that taught us the Modern Slavery Act is not a tick-box exercise

Increased prosecutions of individuals and more prison sentences in health and safety cases

New FCA Chief seeks to redefine mission of the organisation

EU adopts rules to guarantee legal aid in criminal proceedings

Helen’s trial In ‘The Archers’ shows juries get it right

Iso publishes standard on anti-corruption measures: independent certification or gentle reassurance?

Anti-money laundering and social responsibility: keeping the Gambling Commission at bay

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Figures: No Surprise

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