Sports, Media and High Profile Personalities

"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

For over 75 years, our lawyers have discreetly advised public figures in some of the highest profile cases of the last century. Our lawyers understand the pressures of being in the public eye and seek to shield our clients from the often intrusive media glare.

We offer legal representation and advice to clients and their advisors to enable them to manage their public, business and private lives. Our history of discretion and sensitivity inspires trust in our clients, providing confidence in the fact that we will care for every aspect of their lives and protect their rights and interests.

Our understanding of a client’s right to privacy, the reputational damage a difficult case can bring and the need to keep business running, make Kingsley Napley the lawyers of choice when looking for a trusted advisor. Our criminal defence lawyers are astute, supportive and highly sophisticated.  We are recognised for our skill in providing strategic, practical criminal law advice.  We understand the reputational damage a police investigation can bring and that being in the public eye brings unwanted media attention. Discretion is our watch word and we are skilled in crisis management, shielding our clients from the media glare.

From accompanying clients to police station interviews to managing every step of a criminal investigation, we guide clients through their options  and give advice on the best course of action to take. 

We recognise that to achieve the very best outcome for our clients we need to be proactive from the earliest moment of a police investigation.  In many instances we can help to avoid an arrest taking place, with all the potentially 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 those who attend the police station with a lawyer only do so because they are guilty.  In fact, those who have the benefit of legal advice are more able to make the right decision about whether and how to answer questions.  Those that have a lawyer are much less likely to be taken advantage of by the police.  What happens at the police station can dictate how well you are able to defend the case later if it develops.  It also means you have a better chance of bringing the investigation to a conclusion sooner rather than later. 

Many people, when faced with police questioning, attend on their own, believing they can talk their way out of the situation and leave as quickly as possible.  This is rarely the best long term strategy.  Our aim is to help you to stop, think and give the best account of yourself.

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 on your options and ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings.  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.

What clients and directories have said

A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail."

Chambers UK 2021

Leading criminal team that demonstrates impressive strength in depth across a broad range of cases. Regularly acts on high-profile cases involving well-known public figures."

Chambers UK 2019, 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

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

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

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

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

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 Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

 

 

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our criminal litigation team.

Reputation management can also be a key consideration when high profile individuals are faced with criminal allegations, as press interest is common, especially where the individual and/or the organisation are high profile. Our team of Reputation Management lawyers can quickly assess the situation and give strategic advice on courses of action to take in respect of privacy, defamation and data protection issues.

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

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

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

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

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

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