Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

"The KN team are one of the best known, oldest and highly regarded teams in this area of work. They get first rate work and deliver excellent results."

Legal 500 UK 2021

Our outstanding criminal defence lawyers will guide clients accused of violent offences and murder through the options available to them and advise them on the best course to take.

Our criminal law team includes specialist solicitors and police station advisers.  Our reputation is based on over 75 years of providing the highest quality advice and representation to our clients: protecting their rights and interests, holding the police to account and striving to get the best result.

We recognise that these types of charges arise for ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations.  How you react says nothing about who you are, but reflects the complexity, stress, and provocation inherent in the exceptional circumstances people face.  A review of those circumstances and actions in the cold light of day needs to ensure that the precise circumstances and the logic you applied in guiding your conduct are understood. 

We will be proactive from the earliest moment of a police investigation. In many instances we can help to avoid an arrest taking place, protecting you from all the potentially onerous consequences that flow from it, such as retention of your biometric data on the Police National Computer, oppressive bail conditions and restriction on your travel.

There is a myth that the law requires you to attempt to retreat before using force to defend yourself.  This is not true.  The law recognises that a pre-emptive strike can be a lawful use of force as self-defence.  This makes the account you give when questioned about your actions incredibly important.  For many people, their first response when faced with police questioning is to attend the police station on their own and to answer questions immediately, believing they can talk their way out of the situation and leave as quickly as possible.  This is rarely the best strategy.

By attending the police station with one of our specialist lawyers we will be able to obtain information about the investigation and the reasons why you are being interviewed. We will explain the process to you, advise you about the options that you have, and ensure that you are treated fairly while you are under police investigation. Sometimes the best advice is to decline to answer questions, at least until further information is provided as to the case against you; or alternatively it may be better to produce a written statement setting out your case in a clear and structured way.  Even if you decide to answer questions, you will want to think carefully in advance about the issues with which you will have to deal.

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegations of serious crime, including offences against the person, such as assault, murder and manslaughter, throughout the life of a case from the police station through to trial.  We critically investigate every aspect of your case to ensure that all relevant evidence is presented as part of your defence.

Kingsley Napley is ranked in Band 1 for General Crime by both Chambers  and Partners and Legal 500.

Kingsley Napley has strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch."

Legal 500 UK 2020

They are able to draw on expertise across the firm to provide a seamless service - if you are facing criminal allegations they can also handle the media, as well as any employment issues or regulatory proceedings that may arise."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

What clients and directories have said about us

The general crime department is the best I have ever worked with. They are unsurpassed in the way they work as a team on their cases - it's a very well-drilled, slick operation."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element."

Legal 500 UK 2019

They very much embrace the need to look at the whole situation; they look at the media exposure - for people in the public eye and for a particular type of high net worth individual, that's very important and I've seen them handle that side of things very well. They're one of those few firms that would give clients a genuine round-the-clock service, seven days a week."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018


The lawyers on the crime team are relentlessly good at what they do. They have a collaborative approach and are incredibly thorough and detailed in their work."

Chambers UK 2021

Highly collaborative and team based in everything they do. Friendly and down to earth while also being world class. Uniquely able to bring together the brightest and the best but without being pompous or superior in their attitude. Great listeners, hard workers and tactically the best in the business."

Legal 500 UK 2021

A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2021

KN are exceptional in almost all categories! They are streaks ahead of everyone else and provide a very high level of service. If I were in trouble that’s where I would go.  I like the fact they are genuinely committed to providing excellence even on less lucrative cases or on cases of less seriousness. They completely get how serious every case is for a client. They unfailing do the very best for their clients."

Legal 500 UK 2021

In dealing with the firm, every aspect was outstanding and of the highest quality."

Chambers UK 2021

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