"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 are experienced in helping to guide clients through the options before them and advising 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.

Our success in achieving the very best results for our clients stems from being proactive from the earliest moment of a police investigation. In many instances, we can help to avoid an arrest taking place and the potential onerous consequences that can flow from an arrest: restrictions on travel, oppressive bail conditions, and the likelihood that fingerprint and DNA samples will be taken that will remain on a national database for life.

There is a myth that sharing drugs amongst friends is okay.  When you pass a drug to someone else, even if it is not for money, it amounts to a supply of drugs and you can be prosecuted for supply of drugs or possession with intent to supply. 

There are several countries which restrict or refuse entry to people who have been arrested or convicted of drug related offences: these include the USA and Australia.

By attending the police station with one of our specialist lawyers, we will be able to obtain information about the investigation, the reasons why you are being interviewed, explain the process to you, advise you on your options and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings.

For many people, their first response when faced with police questioning is to attend 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.

Our specialist police station advisers and lawyers are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  We will identify the relevant facts and law to ensure the prosecution use every opportunity to exercise their discretion and act proportionately. 

We are experts at securing outcomes that have the least damage to your reputation, such as cannabis warnings, or cautions for class A drugs in preference to prosecution.

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

Kingsley Napley has real 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 directories have said

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 crime team is first-rate. They are dedicated, hard-working and tireless in their preparation of cases."

Chambers UK, 2017

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


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

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

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

A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2021

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