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

"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

 

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 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

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

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News

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

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

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Blogs

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

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

COVID-19 - The legal basis for lockdown

The Coronavirus Bill: Can justice be done by video link?

COVID-19: Managing health and risk whilst in police custody - an update

Disregarding Convictions – the Turing Law and its limitations

Amendments made to the process of extradition requests under the Extradition Act 2003

COVID-19 - Managing health and risk whilst in police custody

Online casino fined £3 million for "systemic" AML failings

NCA relentless in demand for answers to unexplained wealth

AI and Algorithmic Decision-Making in the Public Sector and Criminal Justice System

The (quiet) extension of the AML regime: an overview

In-house lawyers and general counsel take note: will your communications be privileged?

Extradition (Provisional) Arrest Bill: a sticking plaster?

Subject of Unexplained Wealth Order now hit with Account Freezing Order

Torture charges dismissed against Agnes Reeves Taylor

Review of the reforms to pre-charge bail – is the law the problem?

Fast-track electronic evidence gathering from overseas – One step closer

The Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion: Two years on

Fresher's Week - A parent's perspective on an essential discussion about rape and navigating consent

AML: HMRC flexes enforcement muscle to the tune of £7.8 million

Cross-border criminal justice post-Brexit – Operation Yellowhammer

'Flipping defendants' – a new emphasis or a recycled aim?

Challenging the prosecution of weak cases and the lack of anonymity for those accused of sexual offences

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

Proceeds of Crime: new Asset Recovery Action Plan seeks to leave “no safe space” for dirty money

AML failure: Gambling Commission takes action

Assisted Suicide – forgiveness or permission?

NCA obtains first UWO against a suspected organised criminal – a change in approach

Failure to act as a ‘Minister of Justice’ will have costs implications for the private prosecutor

Launch of the Code for Private Prosecutors

International Criminal Court at 21: controversy still remains

Criminalising children – at what age and what cost?

Overhaul of SARS regime to be welcomed

The rights of third parties in confiscation matters: an inhospitable landscape

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

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