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.

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

Kingsley Napley has real strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Viewed by some as a 'market leader in this field' Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for its 'wealth of experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory work' while its extradition practice is 'extremely well respected'."

Legal 500 UK 2020

They have a practice which is head and shoulders above the others available in the market,"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

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 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

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

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 KN team are one of the best known, oldest and highly regarded teams in this area of work. They get first rate work and deliver excellent results."

Legal 500 UK 2021

Multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, high profile, long established practice, perhaps the most famous firm in the field."

Legal 500 UK 2021

They are able to draw on expertise across the firm to provide a seamless service - if you are facing criminal allegations they can also handle the media, as well as any employment issues or regulatory proceedings that may arise." 

Chambers UK 2020 - A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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News

City may face flurry of litigation after ‘FinCEN’ dirty money revelations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Companies House powers boosted to tackle £137bn dirty money deficit - Alun Milford quoted in Accountancy Daily

Should there be a right to banking? Mary Young and Rebecca Niblock write for The Law Society Gazette

Clothing fibres can transfer without contact, study finds, posing issues for future criminal investigations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Telegraph

Tax Schemes back in the hot seat - David Sleight quoted in The Times

Serious Fraud Office under fire over big investigation failures and lack of convictions - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Lawyers in Lockdown: Sandra Paul and Nikola Southern write for The Law Society Gazette

SFO struggles to process evidence during pandemic - Louise Hodges quoted in the Financial Times

Consultation on the revisions to the Attorney General’s Disclosure Guidelines and the CPIA Code of Practice

COVID-19 Slows Pace of Existing UK Investigations - Caroline Day quoted in Law360

Business and Government should brace for wave of fraud: Alun Milford quoted in The Telegraph

Worth of the Bribery Act under scrutiny: Louise Hodges quoted in The Times

COVID-19: 'Remote' justice update - Louise Hodges quoted in New Law Journal

Pace Odyssey - Matthew Hardcastle quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Alun Milford quoted extensively following Government's announced proposals to introduce an economic crime levy

Attorney General's rule of law record could hinder EU extradition deal - Rebecca Niblock comments in Free Movement

Kingsley Napley team are contributing editors to Lexology Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2020

Louise Hodges & Caroline Day contribute to The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations, Fourth Edition

Questions raised over attorney-general's independence - Stephen Parkinson quoted in Financial Times

EU Data Privacy Laws Pose Disclosure Risks In Fraud Probes - Louise Hodges quoted in Law360

Ed Smyth quoted extensively on the UK court's recent decision to dismiss an appeal against the first UWO issued

The collateral consequences of the Criminal Finances Act - Ed Smyth writes for TheWealthNet

One minute with... - David Sleight featured in Tax Journal

Is the McMafia law working? - Ed Smyth quoted in ICAEW

Kingsley Napley's third International Criminal Law Conference taking place on 28 January 2020: Justice and Rights

International Criminal Law Roundup - Q4 2019

Kingsley Napley recognised in six categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Crime agency gets record reports of suspicious financial activity - Nicola Finnerty quoted in Financial Times

Ed Smyth appointed as member of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee

International Criminal Law Roundup - Q3 2019

Sex, lies and legal consent: Can deceit turn sex into rape? - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

Jason Lawrance appeals against vasectomy lie rape convictions - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

When justice takes a holiday - Alun Milford quoted in Law360

UK prosecutor handed £85m funding injection - Louise Hodges quoted

Goldman's Europe boss among 17 bankers charged in Malaysian 1MDB probe - Rebecca Niblock quoted

Opening statement in police interviews is still an important strategy - Matthew Hardcastle co-authors article in The Law Society Gazette

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

International Criminal Law Roundup - Q2 2019

Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Gambaccini urge anonymity in sex cases - Sandra Paul quoted in The Times

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

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Blogs

The NCA finally obtains the benefit of Unexplained Wealth Orders

Environmental permits and confiscation implications

FCA issues new guidance on fitness and propriety assessments in the financial services sector

Companies in hot water: environmental performance deteriorates further

Tackling Illicit Finance: SFO uses Listed Asset Order for first time

Law regarding consent is not confused, wrong or unfair - Sandra Paul writes for The Law Society Gazette

I May Destroy You, Part 3: A study of sexual assault - Voyeurism, Revenge Porn, Youth Justice and False Allegations

Tax advisers beware - avoidance is the new evasion

Will the Economic Crime Levy bring much needed investment in the fight against economic crime?

Insolvency interviews in the context of suspected criminal or regulatory misconduct

NCA’s Annual Report 2019-20: a focus on recovering the proceeds of crime and asset denial

The new cryptoasset promotions consultation: widening the perimeter of FCA regulation

City of London Police seize more than £2 million in cross-border money laundering operation

Recycling firm charged with corporate manslaughter

Further clarification on the rights of third parties in confiscation proceedings

I May Destroy You, Part 2: A study of sexual assault - Kwame: Consent and Deception

HMRC to clampdown on businesses that have abused the Furlough scheme

The UK reacts to China’s increased pressure on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and its overall human rights record

I May Destroy You, Part 1: A study of sexual assault - Stealthing

Extradition (Provisional) Arrest Bill: Second Reading

Legal limbo for children: The risks of turning 18

End of the road for the NCA in NCA v Baker

On its way: The UK-US Bilateral Data Access Agreement

Unexplained Wealth Orders: An overview of the regime to date

Dying hope for a post-Brexit extradition deal

COVID-19: Can you be prosecuted for opening your shop?

The compulsory embrace of the art market by the UK's Anti-Money Laundering regime

Returning to work and COVID-19: Could employers face health and safety prosecutions for infections in the workplace?

Mutual Legal Assistance in action - Met Police raid London addresses at request of Brazilian authorities

Victims’ Right to Review Scheme: does a victim have a right to make representation?

What is an Interpol Red Notice and what are the practical implications for Anne Sacoolas?

Criminal courts: coping with COVID-19

Mutual Legal Assistance and the US: a more anxious case than usual

Appealing and challenging university disciplinary decisions: what students need to know

Account Freezing Orders – Court makes €1.9 million Forfeiture Order

Competition enforcement – a sector approach

Train of thought: The Jackson-Salmond Saga

Unexplained Wealth Orders discharged - "tenacious" NCA to appeal

Fraud in the time of COVID-19 - The law enforcement response

Business Plan 2020-21: FCA remains vigilant to potential misconduct

Policing the power of entry

Misconduct in the (cyber) workplace

What are Interpol Red Notices and how can you get them removed?

Insolvency Service investigations into trading companies

COVID-19: Distinguishing crime

Fraud in the time of COVID-19

More nails in the coffin for Russian Federation extradition requests?

COVID-19 - Criminal justice at the coalface

COVID-19 - The legal basis for quarantine

COVID-19 and the FCA - Scams, short selling and more

Policing Domestic Abuse in the age of Austerity and “Lockdown”

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