Business and Financial Crime

"One of the premier white-collar defence teams in London."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Investigations of serious fraud and business crime are on the increase. Numerous agencies  investigate and prosecute allegations of financial crime, whether committed by individuals or companies, including the Serious Fraud Office, City of London Police, 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 are a very strong team with bags of experience and capabilities. They are major players in the business crime world and are well known for their capabilities."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

They have an excellent reputation, they have a very broad team and they have strength in depth."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Kingsley Napley straddles the overlap between financial services and financial crime."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Straddles the overlap between contentious regulatory work and financial crime."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Very good at litigation and have a fantastic reputation in the white-collar world."

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2019

Absolutely well suited for handling litigation for a high net worth client base."

Chambers and Partner High Net Worth Guide, 2019

Kingsley Napley always provides a high-level service to clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

The firm has very good criminal lawyers with strength and depth throughout the department."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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

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

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

Chambers and Partners, 2018

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

It is an excellent firm - the level of preparation for cases is just fantastic."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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

The criminal litigation department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to ‘hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’."

Legal 500

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 are a really excellent firm and they have very talented people. They provide an excellent service."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

They're one of the firms that is right at the top of the scale. They're very experienced in handling the big cases. They're extremely well resourced and I've never had anything other than a good experience with them."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Well-known name in the market, with deep expertise in all aspects of serious corporate crime including regulatory breaches and complex fraud. Adept at handling international corruption, fraudulent trading and false accounting matters. Well versed in bribery and money laundering investigations. Notable experience in advising on internal investigations and compliance, as well as in handling proceedings by government enforcement agencies."

Chambers UK 2020 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession


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 (AML) regime is amongst the most stringent. We represent both individuals and organisations in AML matters.

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.

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 an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime 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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Managing Internal Investigations in a post COVID-19 world - Caroline Day and Alun Milford write for Legal 500 Crisis Management Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial crime: Tax schemes and investigations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in Citywealth

When justice takes a holiday - Alun Milford quoted in Law360

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

Serious Fraud Office (SFO) issues co-operation guidance – Louise Hodges comments

Economic Crime Plan for 2019-2022 - Alun Milford quoted

DPAs: good deals or a two-tier system? - Alun Milford quoted in The Times

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

Louise Hodges speaks on panel at the Financial Services Regulation & Disputes Summit

Post-Brexit data sharing with EU regulators is key for FCA policing market abuse

Kingsley Napley named as ‘Best law firm for financial crime, fraud & regulatory 2019’ by The Times

Dirty money: why can't banks clean up their act? - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Telegraph

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

High Court grants first unexplained wealth orders - Ed Smyth quoted in Spear's

OPBAS set to boost AML in the UK - Caroline Day comments in Financier Worldwide

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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?

Competition enforcement – a sector approach

Unexplained Wealth Orders discharged - "tenacious" NCA to appeal

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

Insolvency Service investigations into trading companies

Fraud in the time of COVID-19

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

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

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

The Fourth AML Directive - The current roadmap and possible changes to the AML landscape two years on

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

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

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

SFO guidance on co-operation: more carrot than stick?

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

Wine as an investment – the wine merchant’s risk

Crunching the numbers: is the National Crime Agency right to seek additional funding?

FCA Business Plan 2019-20: A reflection of recent enforcement action

Health and Safety Sentencing – Three years on and now for the bad news…

SFO secures “largest seizures of its kind” using new asset forfeiture powers

HMRC turns to companies to police tax evasion

SRA to undertake AML audits as enforcers keep focus on “professional enablers”

Fighting financial crime post Brexit: what next?

“Carrying on as we are is not a prudent option” says the Competition and Market Authority

Estate agents come under the HMRC spotlight

SFO v ENRC: what did the Court of Appeal decide and what does it mean for lawyers?

Brexit uncertainty pervades Competition and Markets Authority Annual Plan 2019-20

Unexplained Wealth Orders: What we know one year on

Fraud in Packaging Recycling: Environment Agency is clamping down on ‘Waste Crime’

No deal Brexit and financial crime: proposed regulations published

Diamonds are (not) forever: NCA keeps up pressure on unexplained wealth

Working in partnership: a new public/private approach to tackle economic crime

Tackling economic crime 2018-19

Routinely and aggressively pursuing money-laundering investigations: the verdict on the UK’s AML regime

Tackling illicit finance: lawyers under the spotlight

Corporate and individual accountability for international crimes: Kingsley Napley hosts second International Criminal Law Conference

AML: targeting the professional enablers – action not just talk

Reform of corporate liability – renewed calls for change

Financial Crime: Analysis of firms' data – first report

Ensuring crime doesn’t pay: confiscation regime under review

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

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