Business and Financial Crime

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

Chambers and Partners 2017

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.  

Investigations are frequently conducted in conjunction with overseas investigators, such as the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We have unparalleled expertise in this area, as recognised by the leading legal directories.  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 organisations 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. 

Many business crime cases span different regulators, national jurisdictions and legal disciplines.  We are used to working as a team with lawyers from other legal backgrounds and nationalities to achieve the best result for our clients.


"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, 2014


"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


Corporate Crime

Corporate crime is under the spotlight more now than ever before with an increasing appetite for corporate prosecutions. Our lawyers frequently represent and act for corporate clients in the most complex and fraught situations.

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

Whether you have been accused or under investigation, we have advised and defended in a wide range of money laundering related cases.

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.

Tax Investigations

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

Cash Seizures, Restraint Orders and Confiscation Proceedings

We understand the importance for individuals and companies of minimising the effect of restraint and freezing orders. In appropriate cases, we can apply to the Court for these orders to be discharged or varied, so that our clients can continue their normal lives within the constraints of the 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.

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FCA Consultation on MiFID II

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Risky business: Money laundering and the City

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Unexplained Wealth Orders: A legitimate and legal approach to corruption?

Anti-Money Laundering: under review

FCA flexes competition muscles

FCA reviews management of financial benchmarks

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