Business and Financial Crime

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

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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. 


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

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


"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 Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2019

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

Chambers and Partners, 2019


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.

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 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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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

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

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

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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'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

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?

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