Sexual Offences

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

Chambers UK 2021

Clients accused of or connected with sexual offences face unique challenges. The social stigma and publicity surrounding such cases involves dealing with extreme perspectives, heightened emotions and complex, life changing decision making. Our unrivalled experience in dealing with the highest profile and most sensitive cases of this type enables us to provide expert advice and support to both individuals and companies when they need it most. 

We fight our client’s corner in a tenacious yet discreet way. Our priority is always to obtain the best possible outcome whilst limiting any reputational damage.

Whether you are an individual facing an allegation; a victim or witness who would like assistance in navigating the court process; or an organisation that requires advice regarding offences which may have been committed by your employees, Kingsley Napley has an unparalleled team of practitioners who specialise in this area.


Ranked number 1 in the legal directories for our General Crime practice, we have been involved in the most high profile sexual cases of recent times including several Operation Yewtree investigations and trials (Operation Yewtree is the far reaching police investigation into historic sexual abuse allegations relating to Jimmy Savile and other celebrities). 

Our lawyers specialise in representing those accused of the following allegations:

  • Historic sexual abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Rape and sexual/indecent assault
  • Making/possession of indecent images of children
  • Publication of private images/movies (so called “Revenge Porn” )
  • Malicious communications
  • Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs), Sexual Risk Orders (SROs), Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs) and other issues relating to the Sex Offenders Register.

Our involvement at an early stage in proceedings frequently leads to clients avoiding charge altogether. If matters do progress, we have the resources and contacts necessary to carry out extensive investigations and to ensure that no stone is left unturned in terms of trial preparation. 

Reputation management is also at the heart of what we do and working with our highly regarded team of privacy lawyers we can minimise the impact an allegation of a sexual nature can have on you as an individual or an organisation.  



Our lawyers' significant experience of criminal procedure enables us to provide guidance and support for victims and witnesses in cases involving sexual offences. We are able to explain and demystify the criminal justice system and can guide you through the trial process. We will liaise with the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure that you are kept informed and up to date and that your rights as a witness are protected at all times. 

We also provide advice and assistance in relation to online sexual offences including protecting those who are the victims of sexual blackmail (“Sextortion”) and the malicious publishing and posting of images online (“Revenge Porn”).  We also advise on the remit and enforceability of court orders and notifications.



If you are a company, organisation or institution dealing with allegations of a sexual nature it is important that you are represented by lawyers who understand the criminal justice system and can guide you through the process, which can appear arcane and complex. Whether you are considering reporting matters to the police, carrying out your own internal inquiries or dealing with an on-going police investigation/inquiry, our full service team can advise on your rights and responsibilities in the areas of Criminal Law, Employment Law, Public law and Reputation Management

We provide advice to organisations in the following areas:

  • Police Investigations
  • Public Inquiries
  • Allegations of a sexual nature made by/against employees
  • Advice regarding the legality of artistic images
  • Remit and enforceability of court orders
  • Protection of organisations’ online profile and cyber crime



Kingsley Napley has dealt with the most serious and high profile cases of this type for over 75 years. Our team is recognised for our experience, strategic approach and discretion.  In order to maintain our clients’ confidentiality we do not provide any case details on our website. However, we continue to be involved in the leading cases in this highly specialised area. Read more in our frequently asked questions.


What clients and directories have said

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

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

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 2018

They stand out because of their ability to stop a case before it gets started. Their commitment, preparation and tenacity set them apart. They are a strong firm."

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Their reputation as being the pre-eminent solicitors in this market is deserved. They are justifiably instructed in infamous, heavyweight cases and I can't imagine that anyone is ever dissatisfied with the service they receive."

Chambers UK, 2017

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

Chambers UK, 2017

First-class firm in terms of client care, as well as its thorough and meticulous approach to case preparation, both at pre-charge stage and at trial."

Legal 500 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 Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Further information

For more information and if you have a concern regarding a sexual offence allegation, please contact our team in confidence

We also have a cross-disciplinary team advising on sexual misconduct allegations in the workplace, including members of our employment, regulatory and media & reputation teams. Our unrivalled experience in dealing with some of the highest profile and most sensitive cases involving sexual allegations in the workplace enables us to provide expert advice and support when clients need it most.

We are ranked in Band 1 for General Crime by both Chambers  and Partners and Legal 500.

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 'very strong'' team acts for individuals and corporations in cases concerning driving offences, extradition, sexual offences, fraud and matters with international elements."

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 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

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

Sexual Offences Insights

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The perils of historic sexual abuse allegations - Sandra Paul interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

Students accused of sexual misconduct barred from finishing courses - Sandra Paul & Shannett Thompson quoted in The Telegraph

Odey verdict shows challenges of decades-old assault cases - Sandra Paul quoted in various sources

Jill Lorimer quoted in various sources following FCA decision to ban three financial professionals for non-financial misconduct

Sex, lies and legal consent: Can deceit turn sex into rape? - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

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How Universities should investigate a complaint under the disciplinary procedure

The first crucial steps: how Universities should respond to allegations of misconduct

Getting it right from the start: University policies for dealing with non-academic misconduct complaints

Law regarding consent is not confused, wrong or unfair - Sandra Paul writes for The Law Society Gazette

I May Destroy You, Part 3: A study of sexual assault - Voyeurism, Revenge Porn, Youth Justice and False Allegations

I May Destroy You, Part 2: A study of sexual assault - Kwame: Consent and Deception

I May Destroy You, Part 1: A study of sexual assault - Stealthing

Victims’ Right to Review Scheme: does a victim have a right to make representation?

Appealing and challenging university disciplinary decisions: what students need to know

Fresher's Week - A parent's perspective on an essential discussion about rape and navigating consent

Challenging the prosecution of weak cases and the lack of anonymity for those accused of sexual offences

Pre trial cross-examination of sexual offence complainants

Does accessing mobile data of rape victims threaten their right to privacy?

“Stealthing” conviction brings conditional consent out in the open

Eastenders explores rape: Part 5 - what happens when a complainant wants to "drop the case"?

Sex Dolls: New Guidance but No Clarity

Sex for rent / rent for sex - revised CPS guidance

Ted Baker's ‘forced hugs policy’: Lessons for other employers

Eastenders explores rape: Part 4 – what happens when someone is accused of rape?

Socially engineered juries....what next?

Prosecuting rape cases and serious sexual assaults: the debate continues

Indecent images – are the police about to embark upon a new approach?

EastEnders explores rape: Part 3 – witness interviews

EastEnders explores rape: Part 2 – reporting a rape

New guidance for prosecutors will make the slow grind of our legal system worse

Sexual Abuse Compensation: Civil Claims for Criminal Allegations

C5 notices – extrajudicial punishment or innovative policing?

EastEnders explores rape: Part 1 - consent is more complicated than ‘yes’ or ‘no’

Fresher’s Week – what consent is and why drunkenness is not a defence

How best to react to claims of sexual misconduct

How to bring an allegation of sexual misconduct in the workplace

The risk of Salmond’s aggressive approach to allegations

Facing a sexual misconduct allegation at work: the importance of your first account

Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases – time to restore fairness in the criminal justice system

What is “sextortion” and what can you do about it?

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

Youth Justice Part Two: Mini sex offenders or just kids?

Youth Justice Part One: Criminalising kids - a guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people

Coercive control and its effect on family court cases

Policing the internet – "fake news" and social media offence update

John Worboys – questions raised around life sentences, Parole Board decisions and publicity

My Legal Advice To My Fresher Son

Divorce and coercive & controlling behaviour - Harassment’s big brother?

Teenagers and the “sexting crisis”: sexting is serious

Everyone is talking about ‘fake news’, but what is it?

Fake News: Real Legal Issues or simply a great title for a competition?

New measures to support victims of sex crime should not be rushed into

Proposed reforms regarding the admissibility of complainants’ sexual history are fundamentally flawed

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

Sexual offences committed by children against other children is on the rise -shocking or inevitable?

Violence Against Women and Girls (‘VAWG’) – Is the CPS Strategy Working?

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