General Crime

"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. Their various departments work in harmony and deliver the same high-quality work."

Chambers and Partners 2018

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, to protect you from potentially damaging consequences, such as 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.

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

"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

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

"They have a very sophisticated high net worth practice and a real sensitivity to the kind of issues that high net worth individuals face"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"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

"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

"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

"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 and Partners 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, 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, 2016

Services

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.

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.

Drugs

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 supply.

Firearms

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.

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.

Private Prosecutions

Private prosecutions provide a useful legal remedy for companies, regulators and individuals to pursue criminal proceedings.

Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

Our Employment, Regulatory, Criminal Litigation and Reputation Management lawyers work seamlessly in investigating and advising both organisations and individuals dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Victims and Witnesses of Crime

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

General Crime Insights

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Blogs

Search warrants at banks in the UK: what you need to know

How to bring an allegation of sexual misconduct in the workplace

The risk of Salmond’s aggressive approach to allegations

The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour: avoiding the potential pitfalls in family proceedings

PACE under review: no excuse for failing to maintain the dignity of those held in custody

Unduly lenient sentences: a numbers game

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

The death penalty: do we, or do we not, oppose it?

Search Warrants: the case for reform – costs

Search Warrants: the case for reform – an introduction

Revised PACE Codes of Practice coming into force

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

Sentencing guidelines - acting as a director whilst disqualified

Russia 2018: the ugly face of the beautiful game

Serious and organised crime threats to the UK: 2018 and beyond

Dangerous Dogs Act under review – is it fit for purpose?

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

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

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

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

Time to apply the brakes: do we need a new offence of dangerous cycling?

Coercive control and its effect on family court cases

Mobile Fingerprinting Raises Privacy Issues

Prison sentence following “victimless prosecution” for controlling and coercive behaviour

Criminal evidence disclosure in crisis – what does this mean for private prosecutors?

Litigation privilege in internal investigations – a more “realistic” approach

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

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

Legal Update: Revisiting trial in the absence of a defendant

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour: Family and Criminal Proceedings update

Legal update: When an inquest is still necessary after criminal proceedings in order to comply with Article 2

Criminalising Children

Covert recordings and coercive behaviour - an area ripe for reform?

Flexible Operating Hours: The defendant’s perspective

Extradition: The Divisional Court has refused to extradite alleged génocidaires to Rwanda--will a domestic prosecution follow?

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

Youth Justice: time to change the age of criminal responsibility?

Sexual History: DPP’s clarification welcome

When should the police name a suspect?

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: consultation on revised codes of practice

The Attorney General and Unduly Lenient Sentences: Time for a Review

Department of Transport focuses in on drones – time to register and know the rules

Teenagers and the “sexting crisis”: sexting is serious

50 years on from the Sexual Offences Act 1967

The Impact of Fake News: Society

Queen’s Speech: protecting the victims of domestic violence and abuse

Private prosecutions and the shape of things to come

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Verdict

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Jury

The Trial: A Murder in the Family – The Evidence

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