Fraud and Financial Crime

"One of the leading firms in this area... a team of highly experienced fraud lawyers who understand how to best represent clients’ interests"

Legal 500, 2019

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.

what clients and directories have said

One of the leading firms in this area... a team of highly experienced fraud lawyers who understand how to best represent clients’ interests."

Legal 500, 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 2019

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

Legal 500, 2017

It's a first-class service."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


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

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

Legal 500 UK 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

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

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


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.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime 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

Fraud and Financial Crime Insights

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City may face flurry of litigation after ‘FinCEN’ dirty money revelations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Companies House powers boosted to tackle £137bn dirty money deficit - Alun Milford quoted in Accountancy Daily

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

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

The collateral consequences of the Criminal Finances Act - Ed Smyth writes for TheWealthNet

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

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

Crime agency gets record reports of suspicious financial activity - Nicola Finnerty quoted in Financial Times

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

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

Economic Crime Plan for 2019-2022 - Alun Milford quoted

Crime agency in the dock over standard of expert witnesses - Nicola Finnerty 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

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

Investigators eye up unexplained wealth - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

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

First anniversary of the new Anti-Money Laundering Regime – is it working? Nicola Finnerty writes for Compliance Monitor

Dishonesty test: Playing with a new deck - Stephen Parkinson quoted in CDR

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

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

Business Plan 2020-21: FCA remains vigilant to potential misconduct

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?

Banks to tackle fraud by introducing extra checks on transfers

Subject of Unexplained Wealth Order now hit with Account Freezing Order

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

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

Proceeds of Crime: new Asset Recovery Action Plan seeks to leave “no safe space” for dirty money

AML failure: Gambling Commission takes action

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

The rights of third parties in confiscation matters: an inhospitable landscape

Unexplained Wealth Orders for prime property

Wine as an investment – the wine merchant’s risk

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

The Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill - An Overview

FCA Business Plan 2019-20: priority to make the UK’s financial markets a difficult target for criminals

SRA AML audits: be prepared

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

Tackling fraud: more must be done

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

Will the US College Bribery scandal reach our shores?

Fighting financial crime post Brexit: what next?

Estate agents come under the HMRC spotlight

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

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

Financial Crime: Analysis of firms' data – first report

The UK’s new National Economic Crime Centre

FCA to regulate Claims Management Companies and caps on fees introduced

Unexplained Wealth Orders – can you prove the legitimate provenance of all of your significant assets?

Media focus on first 'McMafia law' challenge

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

FCA Dear CEO letter on cryptoassets – a warning to firms

Dreamvar: innovate to survive

FCA consults on adding Market Abuse to the Financial Crime Guide - might firms now face criminal prosecution?

Share scheme fraudster pleads guilty to perverting course of justice in proceeds of crime case brought by Financial Conduct Authority

Bringing cryptocurrencies in from the cold

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