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

Legal 500 UK 2021

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 criminal 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. Covering:

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

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

Latest blogs & news

Overseas Production Orders: Companies should prepare for new powers to gather electronic data

The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019 (COPOA) was enacted three years ago to give law enforcement agencies the power to directly obtain electronic data from service providers based outside the UK for the purpose of preventing, detecting and investigating serious crimes through the use of Overseas Production Orders (OPOs).

Acting to stop harm: the FCA and Appointed Representatives

On 13 May 2022, the FCA published a final refusing Alexander Jon Compliance Consulting Ltd.’s (“AJCC”) application for authorisation to provide regulatory hosting services. There is no specific definition of what a regulatory host is, but the FCA generally regards it as a commercial arrangement whereby an authorised Principal firm appoints and oversees a number of unconnected Appointed Representatives (“ARs”) which operate across a range of markets. 

The rule of law in Ukraine during martial law: Review of changes to the criminal process

We are delighted to present, as a guest blog, the thoughts and views of Dr Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner of Golaw in Kyiv. Dr Gvozdiy outlines the significant changes to criminal procedure that have been heralded by the Russian invasion of his country and the subsequent adoption of martial law.

Cross-Border Criminal Law Conference 2022: Individual and Corporate Accountability for International Crimes

On Thursday 5 May, Kingsley Napley hosted the 4th annual Cross-Border Criminal Law Conference, which focused on individual and corporate accountability for international crimes.

Health and Safety Quarterly Update – Q1 2022

This quarterly update provides a summary of a selection number of news stories relating to health and safety investigations and prosecutions, published in the period January - March 2022.

National Security and Investment Act 2021 – an expansive approach to liability

Whilst it is anticipated that prosecutions under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (‘the Act’) will be exceptionally rare, the criminal sanctions set out in it are explicitly framed to create a “sufficiently robust deterrent to ensure compliance.” The provisions punish corporates and individual officers who connive or consent to commit an offence, as well as individual officers who are negligent (s.36). In addition, they are also extra-territorial (s.52), meaning that the scope of liability is particularly wide-ranging.

Environmental Law Quarterly Update Q1 - 2022

This quarterly environmental law update provides a summary of news stories in the period January 2022 – March 2022

KN's Cross Border Criminal Law Conference on 5 May 2022 | Panel Discussion: 20 years since the Pinochet case – the current state of universal jurisdiction in the UK

The Prime Minister recently committed the UK’s support to achieving justice in respect of the war crimes allegations arising out of the Ukraine conflict. The conflict and associated allegations raise questions over the UK’s commitment and ability to bring prosecutions under the doctrine of “universal jurisdiction”. Universal jurisdiction describes the jurisdiction that is available in the national courts of many countries to prosecute individuals for the most serious international crimes, even if those crimes occurred abroad and neither the defendants nor victims have any connection to that country. Why only a few such prosecutions have taken place in the UK will be the topic of one of two panel discussions at Kingsley Napley’s Cross Border Criminal Law Conference on 5 May 2022.

International Criminal Law Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2022

This quarterly international criminal law update provides a summary of the news stories in the period January – March 2022. The relevance of international criminal law has been tragically highlighted by the current events in the Ukraine. This fast moving event has been covered below, along with a number of other international criminal law updates.

US rap artists are backing legislation to keep lyrics out of courtrooms –is it time for UK artists to do the same?

News broke last month that megastars Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Kelly Rowland and Fat Joe (among others) were supporting the introduction of a New York state law that aims to prevent the prosecution using rap lyrics in criminal trials.

Is Russia now facing suspension from INTERPOL?

On 28 February 2022, the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced to parliament that the UK would be ‘leading all international efforts’ to suspend Russia’s membership of INTERPOL.  

This came moments before the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, Denis Monastyrsky, made a public statement demanding Russia’s immediate expulsion from the organisation for “violating its basic principles and massive misuse of tools and services to cover up its crimes and persecute political enemies, particularly in Ukraine.”

International prisoner transfer: serving a sentence back in the UK

The news is never short of horror stories involving travellers who find themselves detained in a foreign country. This is sadly a reality for thousands of British citizens who, for a variety of reasons, are being held in a prison abroad.

A new Economic Crime Bill and the accelerated introduction of a Register of Overseas Entities

A new bill will be put forward to parliament tomorrow with the aim of increasing transparency of ownership of property in the UK. The introduction of this new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill has been expedited following the sanctions announced last week, however the drive for change began over five years ago and that it is finally coming to fruition will be welcomed by many.

 

Extradition post-Brexit: the Irish questions answered

On 16 November the CJEU delivered its judgment following the publication of the Advocate General’s opinion on the UK-Ireland extradition questions which we wrote about here. The decision concerned the mechanisms for extradition to the UK from Ireland in two scenarios (1) under the terms of the withdrawal agreement from 1 February to 31 December 2020 and (2) under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA”) from 1 January 2021.

The judgment confirms the AG’s Opinion that Ireland is bound by the withdrawal agreement and the TCA (“the agreements”) in respect of extradition arrangements with the UK and accordingly extradition from Ireland to the UK post-Brexit will continue under those terms.

Review of recent corporate manslaughter cases: Deco-Pak, Bosley Mill, Aster Healthcare

This blogs considers the recent corporate manslaughter conviction of Deco-Pak and two other recent corporate manslaughter cases, Bosley Mill and Aster Healthcare and what they tell us about the current approach to this offence. In January 2022 a garden supplies firm, Deco-Pak was found guilty of corporate manslaughter following a fatal accident at the Deco-Pak premises in Hipperholme, West Yorkshire on 14 April 2017.

What is the Medical Cannabis (Access) Bill?

The Medical Cannabis (Access) Bill (the ‘Bill’) aims to enable patients in England to access cannabis-based medicinal products (‘CBMPs’), such as nabiximols, more freely on the NHS. Although English law was changed in November 2018 to allow specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis (we have blogged about this here), very few people have been able to access NHS prescriptions which has left patients paying thousands of pounds a month for private prescriptions or unable to obtain treatment altogether. There are approximately 10,000 private prescriptions for CBMPs in the UK. In a paper published by BMJ Open in 2020, Professor David Nutt et. al. reported that thousands of UK patients were self-medicating with illicit cannabis-based products.

FCA as gatekeeper of UK crypto AML regime: two years in

On 10 January 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) became the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) supervisor for UK cryptoasset firms. Two years in, how effectively is it performing its role as the gatekeeper of the new registration regime?

Medicinal Cannabis – Where Are We Now?

Guest author Edward Henry QC, of Mountford Chambers, considers the ongoing issues regarding access to medicinal cannabis, specifically relating to the treatment of children, in the United Kingdom (UK).

Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q4 2021

This quarterly environmental law update provides a summary of news stories published in the period October – December 2021.

Gambling Sector: Compliance and Enforcement Report reveals concerns over weak AML controls

On 9 December the Gambling Commission published its annual Compliance and Enforcement Report for the financial year 2020–2021. This confirmed that the period was particularly active for the Enforcement and Compliance teams, with a record total of £32.1 million being paid by 15 gambling businesses as a result of fines or regulatory settlements. This included over £1.3m being paid by White Hat Gaming Ltd, after a January 2020 review by the Commission of its operating licence revealed inadequate policies and produces in respect of anti-money laundering (“AML”) and safer gambling.

Choose a specialist area:

White Collar and Financial Crime

Our experienced lawyers provide strategic and pragmatic advice in complex business crime cases and situations.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

FCA Investigations

Our team of expert lawyers has an impressive track record of successfully defending both individuals and institutions facing regulatory misconduct, disciplinary breach and criminal investigations conducted by the FCA.

Investigations

When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process.

International Crime and Extradition

Criminal law is increasingly an international concept with cross-border implications. Knowing your rights and options is essential.

Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Private Prosecutions

Private prosecutions provide a useful legal remedy for companies, regulators and individuals to pursue criminal proceedings.

Financial Services Investigations

We provide intelligent and tactical representation to those involved in an investigation by defending accusations and mitigating risks.

Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

We advise organisations and individuals dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace.

International Protection

Our International Protection group offers comprehensive multijurisdictional advice from our specialist immigration, criminal and public law teams.

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News

10 years of the UK Bribery Act: Compliance enough to define law’s success? - Alun Milford quoted in Compliance Week

The perils of historic sexual abuse allegations - Sandra Paul interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

AML compliance proving tall hurdle for UK crypto firms - Alun Milford quoted in Compliance Week

Extradition post-Brexit - Áine Kervick quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Students accused of sexual misconduct barred from finishing courses - Sandra Paul & Shannett Thompson quoted in The Telegraph

Jill Lorimer and Mary Young write for International Business Law Journal on Developments in the UK Crypto Asset Landscape

Am I affected by money laundering rules? - Sophie Wood writes for the Financial Times

"How to prevent Monet Laundering" - Nicola Finnerty features in The Times

FCA launches criminal proceedings against NatWest for failure to comply with AML rules - Nicola Finnerty quoted in GIR

Odey verdict shows challenges of decades-old assault cases - Sandra Paul quoted in various sources

Press Release: Is the art world AMLD5 ready? New programme announced to support the UK art market with its anti-money laundering obligations as registration deadline looms

Alun Milford quoted in various sources following the UK Supreme Court limiting the territorial reach of the SFO

COVID-19 Fraud: An Emerging Risk For Companies - Will Hayes, Nicola Finnerty, Will Christopher & Eugenie Freeman write for PLC Magazine

Brexit deal: UK takes step back in cross-border enforcement - Louise Hodges quoted in GIR

Alun Milford, Caroline Day, Áine Kervick & Phil Salvesen contribute to the International Comparative Legal Guide: Corporate Crime 2021

Reform of corporate liability: two ways about it - Louise Hodges & Alun Milford write for PLC Magazine

Getting The Deal Through: Alun Milford & Áine Kervick discuss Anti-Corruption in the UK

Jill Lorimer quoted in various sources following FCA decision to ban three financial professionals for non-financial misconduct

Corporate criminal liability review could yield “radical and seismic” changes - Louise Hodges quoted in GIR

Alun Milford quoted following UK Governments "fence sitting" approach to reforms of corporate criminal liability laws

Kingsley Napley commended in eight categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2021

Criminal gangs steal £2bn through furlough fraud - Nicola Finnerty quoted in City AM

Tackling Illicit Finance - Ed Smyth writes for STEP Journal

Is the grass always greener? The legalities of investing in cannabis for UK Investors - Nicola Finnerty writes for Investment Week

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

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

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

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

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

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Blogs

FCA as gatekeeper of UK crypto AML regime: two years in

Medicinal Cannabis – Where Are We Now?

Extradition post-Brexit: the Irish questions

Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q3 2021

Vue Cinema Chain fined following death of cinema-goer

The CMA’s Annual Report and digital markets - a time of change

Charities and internal investigations

Record fine of £90 million for Southern Water

Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q2 2021

R v Wood Treatment Limited - corporate manslaughter and the challenge of proving causation

Met Police appetite for Account Freezing Orders undimmed by pandemic

FCA signals streamlining of its own processes and toughening up of the regulatory gateway

The FCA proposes new listing guidance for cannabis-related businesses – a positive step for investors concerned about the Proceeds of Crime Act

Being accused of sexual misconduct when you are a child

Regressive approaches to sentencing will not help children or society

AML and the Art Market: HMRC publishes its first risk assessment

COVID-19 Fraud: HMRC ramps up its investigations activity

Keeping the crypto market on its toes? The FCA publishes latest cryptoasset consumer research and takes regulatory action against Binance Markets Limited

Buying property with crypto assets: Can it ever be justified?

Will the CPS’ decision to update its guidance mean an increase in prosecutions for failure to disclose under section 330 of POCA 2002?

“A global competition authority” – The future role of the CMA?

Select Committees and your right to silence

Domestic Abuse Act 2021: An Overview

What do universities need to know about the UK’s Anti-Money Laundering regime?

Safeguarding - 5 golden principles for school leaders

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour: Widening the Net

Sexsomnia and the Criminal Law

EU Member States’ reluctance to extradite their own nationals to the UK

Recent changes to the law relating to Antique Firearms

How immune are COVID-19 relief scheme fraudsters from law enforcement action?

Breach of 2002 banking undertakings - the CMA writes to Danske Bank

Environmental Law Quarterly Update - Q1 2021

Arrests of care home workers following COVID-19 outbreaks: a review of criminal liability

Sentencing environmental offences: Reflections on the Thames Water £2.3m fine

Youth Justice: Is reform on the way for young people who turn 18 while in the criminal justice system?

The risks and penalties of money laundering for charities and how to guard against it

COVID-19 Fraud: New Taxpayer Protection Taskforce

Thames Water fined for “entirely foreseeable” pollution

Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System

National Grid fined £4 million for incomplete records

The Territorial Reach of the SFO - The Supreme Court Decides

Swift condemnation of Labour’s jury proposal is unwarranted - Jonathan Grimes writes for The Law Society Gazette

Extradition post-Brexit: the TCA at a glance

Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices: what do the CCF’s decisions tell us? Part Four - Unfunded Or Bounced Cheques

Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices: what do the CCF's decisions tell us? Part Three - Decisions Not To Extradite

Time’s up: Deadline passes for crypto firms to register with the FCA

Corporate criminal liability reform – the pressure is on the Law Commission as MPs express their frustration at delay

FCA sets expectations for firms to record communications when working from home

Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices: what do the CCF’s decisions tell us? Part Two - Politically Motivated Cases

HMRC’s record fine for money laundering breaches

Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices: what do the CCF's decisions tell us? Part One - Merits Of The Case

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