Harassment and Other Familial Allegations

"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 criminal law team includes specialist 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.

Charges relating to domestic abuse or harassment can bring with them a particular kind of stigma, whether they concern allegations of physical violence against an adult or a child.  

From allegations dealing with the threat of violence or the ever-changing landscape of stalking and harassment to offences, such as controlling or coercive behaviour and revenge porn, our internationally recognised team is highly experienced in representing clients accused of offences within family relationships.  Our involvement is focussed on dealing with matters discreetly, sensitively and quickly. We have a track record of avoiding the need for an arrest and guiding you towards the best possible outcome so that wherever possible charges are avoided. 

It is commonly believed that it is up to the complainant to bring a charge of domestic abuse and that a complainant can change his or her mind about whether the charges proceed.  The reality is that charges of domestic abuse are taken as seriously as any other form of assault and the police may proceed with the charges even where the complainant attempts to withdraw.

We understand the complexities surrounding allegations made in personal relationships and the emotional turmoil they bring.  We ensure we obtain as much information as possible about the investigation in advance.  We will explain the process to you and advise you on the best options available to you. 

We will help you to give the best account of yourself, and ensure that the stress and emotion that usually accompany these allegations does not prevent you from achieving the correct outcome. 

We provide advice, assistance and representation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can call on us whenever the need arises.  

We harness the skills and expertise of colleagues in our Family team to identify and challenge those cases where there may be an ulterior motive for an allegation.  We work closely with our Reputation Management team to prevent unwarranted publication of personal or damaging material that is often associated with these allegations.

What directories have said

A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2021

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

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


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

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

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