Fraud and Financial Crime

"Excellent performance: timely and reassuring."

Chambers and Partners 2017

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for.  The firm has been expert in the field of white collar and business crime for over 50 years and has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Investigations into serious fraud and business crime are rising and companies operate in an increasingly regulated environment. We have been involved in all the significant white collar investigations and cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office since it began in 1987.

The white collar team has an impressive track record in acting for suspects and defendants or witnesses in all kinds of serious and complex investigations.

Ranked by legal directories as experts,  our lawyers have unparalleled expertise in this field.  Our experience encompasses cross border, multi-jurisdictional cases, involving allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, 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 are adept at navigating through the regulatory issues that are a part of defending individuals and institutions in these cases.  Our top-ranked lawyers specialise in financial services litigation and understand the complex regulatory overlay that cases can give rise to. Where there are cross border issues  we have the experience to understand how different prosecutors and regulators work, built on decades of defending international white collar cases.

Our dedicated Public Law team is responsible for a number of leading cases in its field and will take on administrative and constitutional challenges  when the case demands it.

Kingsley Napley is renowned for understanding the nuances of a case and how one decision can impact on another.  We have a reputation for helping clients develop comprehensive and holistic strategies to bring their cases to a successful conclusion.

We work closely with our civil fraud team to support companies and organisations that have identified incidents of fraud or misconduct perpetrated by directors or employees, professional advisers, agents or business associates.  We can assemble a multi-disciplinary investigations team around you and/or your business to deal with all aspects of a fraud case both in the UK and internationally via our network of specialist international lawyers.  

Our expert team will assess the criminal and civil liability and advise on reputation management for individuals and companies alike. During an investigation we will help you manage any crises and control the impact externally. We also advise on and commence private prosecutions for clients where the state is unwilling or unable to intervene as our private prosecutions team, one of the largest in the country, is experienced in prosecuting cases for numerous regulators.

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"a standout firm for individual white-collar crime representations’, and the team is ‘great to work with ."

Legal 500, 2017

"I love working with the lawyers - I find they are very knowledgeable about the law, and very skilled at representing individuals. They have tremendous depth of understanding of the law and are extremely good at working with co-counsel and developing the facts of the case."

Chambers UK, 2017

"A standout firm with a wealth of experience."  

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

"Very thorough, reliable and on the ball." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

"Has an excellent reputation for advising corporate clients and high-profile individuals on major investigations brought by the SFO and former FSA.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

"It's a first-class service." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014


Business and Financial Crime

Our experienced lawyers provide strategic and pragmatic advice in complex business crime cases and situations.

Bribery and Corruption

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

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.

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.

Financial Services Investigations

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

Insider Dealing

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

Internal Investigations

Corporate clients require sophisticated and sensitive advice when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to escalate.


When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process.

Police Station Representation and Advice

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

Private Prosecutions

Private prosecutions provide a useful legal remedy for companies, regulators and individuals to pursue criminal proceedings.

Public Law

Our 'exceptional' team has over 25 years' experience, acting in the most significant public law cases.

Civil Fraud and Investigations

The international nature of commerce and growing reliance on electronic communications mean that the number and value of fraud claims is rising.

Fraud - Civil vs. Criminal FAQs

Read about the differences between civil fraud and criminal fraud in these informative frequently asked questions

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Joining forces in the fight against Grand Corruption

PEPs and anti-money laundering: The FCA issues guidance

FCA Investigations – the evolving approach

FCA prepares for Fourth Money Laundering Directive

Tough action against solicitor who laundered proceeds of bogus investment scheme

FCA guidance on how firms should deal with PEPs: a proportionate approach

OPBAS: A supervisor of supervisors?

The cyber threat to UK businesses – NCSC/NCA publish 2016/17 annual report

FCA’s use of private warnings under scrutiny

New amendments to FCA/PRA decision-making practice and procedure from 1 March 2017: partly contested cases and abolition of stage 2 and 3 settlement penalty discounts

Senior Managers Regime – the FCA predicts more enforcement litigation in the new regime

Tackling overseas corruption: Committee recommendations for Department for International Development.

FCA uses criminal powers for first time against alleged unlicensed lender

Corporate Criminal Liability – Consultation opened over need for reform

What the Autumn Statement means for tax evasion and avoidance

Q & A – What do FCA regulated firms need to know about Financial Crime Return reporting?

UK Task Force investigating the Panama Papers: update focuses on criminal and civil investigations on HNW individuals, tax evasion and money laundering

EU Benchmark Regulation

Launch of Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: understanding, implementing and enforcing sanctions

What the Budget means for tax avoidance

"Relentless in pursuit of tax evasion and avoidance”: HMRC sets out plan to 2020

Public Account Committee hauls Google and HMRC over the coals

Reducing sentences for guilty pleas – a new proposed Guideline

New Fraud Taskforce - A step in the fight against fraud or political posturing?

SFO’s policy on dealing with seized material potentially subject to legal professional privilege deemed lawful

MPs question HMRC’s response to tax evasion, the hidden economy and criminal attacks

New call by the SFO’s Director for US style powers to punish companies in the future

Financial crime: compliance challenges for 2016 and beyond

FCA Consultation on MiFID II

First deferred prosecution agreement approved

HMRC proposals for tackling off-shore tax evasion seriously flawed

The Yates memo: will it make a difference to prosecutions in the UK?

Anti-Money Laundering: under review

FCA flexes competition muscles

FCA reviews management of financial benchmarks

First DPA now eagerly awaited

No place to hide: HMRC shines a light on tax havens

Scorecard for the Serious Fraud Office

Annual Report for Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - international cooperation, market abuse, convictions, senior managers regime, whistleblowing and a historic year for fines

FCA issue rules and guidance on bankers remuneration and clawback obligations

Financial professionals: don’t bank on your bonus

Will Court of Appeal ruling force FCA to re-think its use of its name and shame powers?

Is the FCA’s use of skilled persons reports on the wane?

Deutsche Bank £227m fine highlights the risks of signing attestations - for individuals and financial institutions

FCA targets financial crime in new business plan

The DOJ and CFTC dig deeper in precious metals market investigation

Banking Regulation: Senior Managers and Certification Regime – timetable announced plus extension to include UK branches of foreign institutions

Senior Managers Regime: Tougher regulation of senior bankers and non-executive directors (NEDs) confirmed

Personal commitments: Benefits and risks of signing an attestation with the FCA

Do you want your money back?

FCA’s Thematic Review: Managing bribery and corruption risk in commercial insurance broking

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