General Crime

"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 and Partners 2017

Kingsley Napley is ranked in Band 1 for General Crime by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and was voted Firm of the Year: Crime, Fraud and Licensing 2015 by Legal 500.  Our reputation is based on over 75 years’ 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.

Contacting us as soon as you become aware of a police investigation increases the opportunity to resolve the matter quickly and discreetly.  We seek to avoid an arrest, thereby protecting you from 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.

We know that the police interview is often the most significant aspect of a criminal case.  Getting the right advice at this stage is essential.  Our experienced police station advisers will carefully guide you through this challenging process.

For cases that go to court, we examine every detail to ensure the best result.  Working alongside barristers and expert witnesses, we ensure that no legal or evidential point is overlooked.  This approach has seen our clients enjoy a high acquittal rate.  Where a conviction cannot be avoided, we ensure that mitigation is advanced to maximise the chances of the most lenient sentence.


"It is an excellent firm - the level of preparation for cases is just fantastic."                           

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

"John Harding and David Sleight lead the ‘top-flight’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP...Sandra Paul also comes highly recommended ."

Legal 500, 2016

''...Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘high-end practice’ is part of the firm’s criminal law team, and able to draw on this expertise to handle enforcement actions for its individual and growing corporate client base...''

Legal 500 UK, 2015

"Kingsley Napley is pre-eminent at what it does: high-end, complex criminal work for high-profile individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014

"One of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms, noted for its high-profile mandates from media organisations and sports professionals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014


Police Station Representation and Advice

Our team includes specialist police station advisers. We are proactive in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

Sports, Media and High Profile Personalities

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.

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

We recognise that the criminal justice system is fallible. To be convicted of an offence or otherwise be the subject of any adverse finding is hurtful and frustrating.

Cash Seizures, Restraint Orders and Confiscation Proceedings

We understand the importance for individuals and companies of minimising the effect of restraint and freezing orders. In appropriate cases, we can apply to the Court for these orders to be discharged or varied, so that our clients can continue their normal lives within the constraints of the orders.

Court Proceedings

The decision about which court your case should be heard in is an important one, read more about frequently asked questions relating to court proceedings.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing a criminal investigation or prosecution relating to cyber crime or have found yourself the target of such activity and need to take control of the situation, our experienced lawyers can help.


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


Our weapons and firearms legislation consists of a complicated labyrinth of law that dating back to 1968. We have successfully guided novices through to firearms enthusiasts giving advice as to the best course to take. Our criminal law team includes specialist advisers with an interest and expertise in this specialist area.

Harassment and Other Familial Allegations

From allegations dealing with the threat of violence or the ever-changing landscape of stalking and harassment to new offences, such as controlling or coercive behaviour and revenge porn our internationally recognised expert solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients accused of offences within personal relationships.

Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegation 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.

Private Prosecutions, Victims and Witnesses

Being a witness or victim of crime can be a challenging experience. We guide victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system.

Young People and the Law

Our experienced youth lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation. We have considerable experience and demonstrated success in ensuring that age, lack of willingness to communicate and curiosity are not misinterpreted as illegality.

Road Traffic

The law relating to driving offences is amongst the most complex in criminal law. Many people rely on their vehicles for their jobs or their families. Losing your licence can have devastating effects on all aspects of your life. Should you find yourself subject to a police investigation or summons, it is vital that you obtain professional legal advice as quickly as possible.

Blackmail and Extortion

Should you find yourself the victim of extortion or are accused of threatening someone, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Simple Cautions FAQs

We answer some of the most frequently asked questions asked about simple cautions

Dawn Raids, Search and Seizure

When subject to a “Dawn Raid”, search and seizure operation and search order you require timely advice. Our specialist lawyers can provide the assistance you require.

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