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 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. 

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

"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

"Stephen Parkinson’s 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

 

"It's a great team; they've got strength and depth."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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

Chambers and Partners, 2019

"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

Services

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. We represent both individuals and organisations in a wide range of money laundering related 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, 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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Blogs

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?

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

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