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 ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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. Key areas include:

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

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

"The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element."

Legal 500 UK 2019

"They stand out because of their ability to stop a case before it gets started. Their commitment, preparation and tenacity set them apart. They are a strong firm. Their various departments work in harmony and deliver the same high-quality work."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"They very much embrace the need to look at the whole situation; they look at the media exposure - for people in the public eye and for a particular type of high net worth individual, that's very important and I've seen them handle that side of things very well. They're one of those few firms that would give clients a genuine round-the-clock service, seven days a week"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"They have a very sophisticated high net worth practice and a real sensitivity to the kind of issues that high net worth individuals face" 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"I like using Kingsley Napley because of their depth of understanding of criminal and regulatory matters, and their general strength in depth. They are an excellent firm to have working alongside you."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

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

Chambers and Partners, 2017

"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

"The criminal litigation department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to ‘hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’"

Legal 500

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

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"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

"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

 

"The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’"

Legal 500 UK 2019

"This top-tier UK-based firm stands out in the region for its distinguished white-collar crime practice"

Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018 

"They pick up some fantastic work, they have some fantastic clients and they have a skill of trying to get rid of matters before they go too far."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"an absolute superfirm"

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"They are clear and direct in their advice, with very good client skills. They reassure their clients and are responsive."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

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News

DPAs: good deals or a two-tier system? - Alun Milford quoted in The Times

Boris Johnson’s court victory is good news for remainers and leavers - Stephen Parkinson writes for The Spectator

Crime agency in the dock over standard of expert witnesses - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Rape victims will be allowed to give evidence in advance - Will Hayes quoted in The Times

Industry group despair at 'disproportionate & senseless measures' put on CBD products - Shannett Thompson quoted in Nutraingredients

Digital strip search: How everything from Facebook messages to Fitbit data could be used against you in court - Sandra Paul comments in The Telegraph

International Criminal Law Roundup - Q1 2019

Deferred prosecution agreements are not the cosy deals they seem - Stephen Parkinson writes for The Times

4 Takeaways From UK Review Of Mostly Untested Bribery Law - Louise Hodges quoted in Law360

Brexit ‘will slow bribery policing’ - Louise Hodges quoted in The Times

UK is failing in the fight against money laundering - Alun Milford quoted in The Times

Sanctions regulator forces banks to tighten up compliance - Rebecca Niblock quoted in Law360

Briefs will always be in fashion - Katherine Tyler quoted in The Times

Jeff Bezos has given a masterclass in how to respond to blackmail - Sandra Paul comments in Wired

Post-Brexit data sharing with EU regulators is key for FCA policing market abuse

UK Judges block extradition of Russian tax fraud suspect - Rebecca Niblock quoted in Law360

Judges block extradition of Russian oligarch over torture concerns - Rebecca Niblock comments in The Times

Russian bid to head Interpol fails, but concerns of abuse remain - Rebecca Niblock comments

C5 notices: a dangerous new tool - Áine Kervick writes for The Law Society Gazette

Kingsley Napley named as ‘Best law firm for financial crime, fraud & regulatory 2019’ by The Times

Investigators eye up unexplained wealth - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Dirty money: why can't banks clean up their act? - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Telegraph

Criminal litigation partners recognised as leading practitioners in Who's Who Legal's Business Crime Defence 2018

Overseas Production Orders – data access made too easy? Rebecca Niblock writes for Global Investigations Review

First anniversary of the new Anti-Money Laundering Regime – is it working? Nicola Finnerty writes for Compliance Monitor

Managing divorce in the shadow of criminal proceedings - Alexandra Bishop and Nick Dent write for The Review

Unduly lenient sentences - Nick Dent writes for Law Society Gazette

Jonathan Grimes writes for The Times

Sextortion: beware the new form of cyber blackmail - Sandra Paul quoted in Spear's

Dishonesty test: Playing with a new deck - Stephen Parkinson quoted in CDR

High Court grants first unexplained wealth orders - Ed Smyth quoted in Spear's

'A battle between law and politics' - Rebecca Niblock has been quoted in The Times

GIR 100 2017: Kingsley Napley a world leader in cross-border investigations

OPBAS set to boost AML in the UK - Caroline Day comments in Financier Worldwide

My Legal Advice To My Fresher Son

International Criminal Law – A month in review – May 2017

Decision to axe Serious Fraud Office is bizarre in the face of £650m success

Kingsley Napley team in Dubai to participate in the Cross Border Planning for Private Client conference

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

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…

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Blogs

Unexplained Wealth Orders for prime property

Pre trial cross-examination of sexual offence complainants

Does accessing mobile data of rape victims threaten their right to privacy?

What will happen next in the prosecution of Boris Johnson?

‘World-leading’ Modern Slavery Act 2015: review confirms more to be done

The duty of candour applies to represented and unrepresented private prosecutors

Victim Impact Statement for Business: your opportunity to be heard

Sentences for young people should take account of their maturity

Wine as an investment – the wine merchant’s risk

Crunching the numbers: is the National Crime Agency right to seek additional funding?

Coming soon: the Domestic Abuse Bill

The use of force against intruders – the blurry lines of ‘lawful killing’

The Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill - An Overview

“Stealthing” conviction brings conditional consent out in the open

FCA Business Plan 2019-20: A reflection of recent enforcement action

Widening the net: investigating and prosecuting offences overseas

On the cliff edge: Do we need formal sentencing guidelines for ‘young adults’?

Justice delayed is not justice denied in a recent slip and trip case successfully prosecuted by Aviva

Eastenders explores rape: Part 5 - what happens when a complainant wants to "drop the case"?

SRA AML audits: be prepared

Health and Safety Sentencing – Three years on and now for the bad news…

SFO secures “largest seizures of its kind” using new asset forfeiture powers

FCA’s Guidance on Cryptoassets – welcome clarity

Tackling fraud: more must be done

HMRC turns to companies to police tax evasion

Sex Dolls: New Guidance but No Clarity

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification (Part II)

SRA to undertake AML audits as enforcers keep focus on “professional enablers”

Will the US College Bribery scandal reach our shores?

The International Criminal Court - Limits to Jurisdiction in the US

Fighting financial crime post Brexit: what next?

“GPS tagging”: real time monitoring of individuals

“Carrying on as we are is not a prudent option” says the Competition and Market Authority

Estate agents come under the HMRC spotlight

SFO v ENRC: what did the Court of Appeal decide and what does it mean for lawyers?

New powers to gather electronic evidence from overseas agreed

Victims of blackmail: will your identity be protected?

Lie detection tests for convicted domestic abuse offenders is a costly distraction

Unexplained Wealth Orders: What we know one year on

Responding to blackmail if you are not Jeff Bezos

Fraud in Packaging Recycling: Environment Agency is clamping down on ‘Waste Crime’

FCA has its knuckles rapped in Upper Tribunal costs decision

Dubai: The enforcement of orders made in family proceedings and the role of Interpol

No deal Brexit and financial crime: proposed regulations published

No deal Brexit: what this would mean for extradition?

FCA sharpens focus on crypto cowboys

Sex for rent / rent for sex - revised CPS guidance

Diamonds are (not) forever: NCA keeps up pressure on unexplained wealth

Working in partnership: a new public/private approach to tackle economic crime

Tackling economic crime 2018-19

Corporate and individual accountability for international crimes: Kingsley Napley hosts second International Criminal Law Conference

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