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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"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

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

"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

 

"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

"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

 

Criminal Litigation Insights

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News

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

GamblingCompliance - Practical Guide: Anti-Money Laundering for Remote Casino Operators in the UK

'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

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

Guidance notes on Bribery Act suggest common sense will rule

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Blogs

Fresher’s Week – what consent is and why drunkenness is not a defence

FCA publishes first Decision Notice under the partly contested cases process

Search warrants at banks in the UK: what you need to know

The Crime (Overseas Production Order) Bill - We must not lose control of data sharing

How best to react to claims of sexual misconduct

How to bring an allegation of sexual misconduct in the workplace

The risk of Salmond’s aggressive approach to allegations

PACE under review: no excuse for failing to maintain the dignity of those held in custody

Tougher sentences to come for Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Brexit and the EAW: at least now we know what we don’t know

Property regulation - Important changes to HMO legislation

Unduly lenient sentences: a numbers game

Data Protection Act 2018 and law enforcement: an introduction

The Data Protection Act 2018: new criminal offences for data breaches

ICC Crime of Aggression comes into force

Cartel Crackdown?

Cryptocurrencies: the new face of economic crime?

Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases – time to restore fairness in the criminal justice system

Media focus on first 'McMafia law' challenge

The death penalty: do we, or do we not, oppose it?

#Brexit, the CMA and competition enforcement

AML: reforming the suspicious activity reporting regime – have your say

New police training indicates authorities believe cryptocurrency is here to stay

Corporates in the spotlight: NCA and SFO confirm tackling money laundering a strategic priority

The FCA Annual Report 2017-18: Anti-Money Laundering takes centre stage

The SFO’s privilege battles reaches the Court of Appeal

Why the International Criminal Court should be supported

Search Warrants: the case for reform – costs

Search Warrants: the case for reform – an introduction

Revised PACE Codes of Practice coming into force

Long arm of the law: new powers to gather electronic evidence overseas

FCA: Criminal prosecutions for AML systems and controls failings – a step too far?

What is “sextortion” and what can you do about it?

Celebrating 20 Years of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Beyond #Brexit: new anti-money laundering regime agreed

Malicious prosecution and the risk to private prosecutors

FCA Dear CEO letter on cryptoassets – a warning to firms

International families and the price of child relocation without consent

Guest blog: Brexit and police and judicial cooperation: it’s time “to speak the truth”

Tackling the big issues in International Criminal Justice

Sentencing guidelines - acting as a director whilst disqualified

Russia 2018: the ugly face of the beautiful game

Serious and organised crime threats to the UK: 2018 and beyond

Bribery Act 2010: under scrutiny

Guest blog: UK-EU security cooperation post Brexit: are we running out of time?

International Criminal Law – A Month in Review – April/May 2018

Dangerous Dogs Act under review – is it fit for purpose?

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

Transforming culture in financial services – keeping up with the debate

Anti-Money Laundering: will new EU regime impact the UK?

FCA consults on adding Market Abuse to the Financial Crime Guide - might firms now face criminal prosecution?

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