Business and Financial Crime

"I believe their strength lies in their meticulous attention to detail and the intelligence of the individuals employed by that firm. I could not imagine a better law firm."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

Investigations of serious fraud and business crime are on the increase. Numerous agencies  investigate and prosecute allegations of fraud committed by individuals or companies, including the Serious Fraud Office, City of London Police fraud team, Crown Prosecution Service, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Competition and Markets Authority.  

Global Investigations

We have an extensive international network and are used to working as a team with lawyers from around the world to achieve the best result for our clients. Investigations are frequently conducted in conjunction with overseas investigators, such as the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Our experience encompasses cross border, multi-jurisdictional cases involving allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, conspiracy to defraud, commodities and currency frauds, bank fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, cartels, index and benchmark manipulation (such as Libor, FX and Gold Fix) and financial sanctions breaches.

We represent both corporates and individuals.  Our cases frequently involve the use by authorities of investigative and coercive powers such as arrest, detention, and interview under caution, search and seizure, and the use of compelled interviews. 

Highly sophisticated, astute and supportive we are particularly known for our skill in providing strategic, sensible and practical criminal law advice and for our ability to keep high profile cases out of the public eye.  We are adept at navigating the complex regulatory and criminal issues that arise in business crime cases. 


"They have extremely good judgement when it comes to criminal matters. They have vast experience in crime at all levels - whether it's financial or something with a regulatory dimension or a civil dimension, they can deal with it and provide all round advice."

Chambers UK, 2017

"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

"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

"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


"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

"the first firm I would think of when I represent a company and want an individual covered." 

Chambers and Partners, 2018

"They are very savvy, and they understand how the corporate world works. A very good outfit."

Chambers and Partners 2017

"A ‘standout performer’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘corporate criminal expertise affords it greater bite in the area’. "

Legal 500, 2017


Corporate Crime

Corporate crime is under the spotlight more now than ever before with an increasing appetite for corporate prosecutions.

Financial Services Investigations

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

Fraud and Financial Crime

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for. The firm has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Bribery and Corruption

We have a long track record of defending corruption investigations for individuals. Our expert lawyers can also advise on internal investigations.

Insider Dealing

We have extensive experience in representing individuals who have become embroiled in insider dealing investigations.

Money Laundering

The UK’s anti-money laundering regime is amongst the most stringent. Tackling laundering of criminal proceeds is a key priority for the Government.

Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Law

The stakes have never been higher for individuals and companies involved in such cases. We provide clear advice on what can be a complex process.

Cartels, Competition and Price Fixing

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity, whether through uncovering the activities internally, or as a result of an investigation.

Cash Seizures, Restraint Orders and Confiscation Proceedings

We understand the importance for individuals and companies of minimising the effect of restraint and freezing orders.

Media Crisis Management

We have a long history of acting in high profile matters. When a crisis or potential crisis hits, clients and their advisors turn to us.

Police Station Representation and Advice

Our team includes specialist police station advisers. We are proactive in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution relating to cyber crime or have found yourself the target of such activity and need to take control of the situation, our experienced lawyers can help.

Tax Investigations

A tax investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could have serious implications for you and your business.

Business and Financial Crime Insights

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The UK’s new National Economic Crime Centre

CMA Cartel Campaigns and the “Leniency Line”

What is a Cartel?

FCA to regulate Claims Management Companies and caps on fees introduced

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

Cartel Crackdown?

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

Beyond #Brexit: new anti-money laundering regime agreed

FCA Dear CEO letter on cryptoassets – a warning to firms

Sentencing guidelines - acting as a director whilst disqualified

Multi-agency co-operation to tackle bribery and corruption

Bribery Act 2010: under scrutiny

ICAEW accountants: take action now!

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

Sanctions in the spotlight: Treasury Committee inquiry

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill – Second Reading

Litigation privilege: the Court of Appeal endorses ENRC

Guest blog: Should companies have a duty to prevent human rights abuses?

Business and Human Rights: Magnitsky clause now in force

Tackling Corruption: Unexplained Wealth Orders now in force

Health and Safety: Prosecutions of directors on the rise.

HMRC takes on off-shore tax evasion

Transaction Reporting fine highlights the importance FCA places on correct data

Financial Conduct Authority: The level of suspicious transaction reports soars, and is set to keep on rising with new EU rules

Fiona Simpson examines the merits of the Shorter Trials Scheme

Will the new corporate offence of failure to prevent tax evasion and enhanced international tax transparency change the landscape for tax investigations?

Failure to prevent tax evasion? Responsibility shifted from HMRC onto companies

Holding Corporates to Account: Criminal Liability for Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion

Corporate Crime Q&A: The new corporate offence of failure to prevent tax evasion

#Brexit: Lords examine financial regulation and supervision

FCA proposes extension of senior managers regime

Spotlight on UK’s Anti-Corruption Track Record

The extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

OPBAS – FCA consults on the “supervisor of supervisors”

Privilege, Confidentiality and the Challenge of Modern Technology

Joining forces in the fight against Grand Corruption

Highlights from the FCA Enforcement annual performance account 2016/17

EU Anti-Money Laundering rules: tackling risky business and reckless conduct

Anti-Money Laundering: new rules and regulations in play

FCA prepares for Fourth Money Laundering Directive

Tough action against solicitor who laundered proceeds of bogus investment scheme

Three companies convicted of corporate manslaughter in a week

Guilty pleasures – securing a reduction in sentence for guilty pleas in health & safety cases

HMRC continue to clampdown on aggressive tax avoidance schemes

Health and Safety Executive consults on fee for intervention disputes

Health and Safety Sentencing a year on from the new guidelines – What’s changed?

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