White Collar and Financial Crime

"Excellent white-collar crime and fraud firm covering all key UK regulators.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

Kingsley Napley has been expert in the field of white collar crime and fraud defence for more than 50 years.  The firm has an unrivalled reputation and one of the largest, most experienced and respected teams in the City.

We act for companies and individuals subject to investigation and prosecution by agencies including the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), City of London Police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Insolvency Service and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Some of our lawyers have worked for these organisations in the past, so have knowledge of the process from both sides of the fence. We are also regularly instructed in multi-jurisdictional investigations conducted by overseas agencies such as the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and FBI. We also act as independent legal advisers for witnesses.

Our Services

Kingsley Napley can assist at all stages of the criminal defence process, from arrest, detention, interviews under caution or attendance at compelled interviews, to conducting internal investigations, advising whether to self-report to the authorities, negotiating settlements right through to supporting clients during criminal trials.

You can find more information about our services below:

Bribery and corruption

We have a long track record of defending and advising in bribery and corruption investigations, acting for both individuals and corporates. Find out more about how our specialist bribery and corruption lawyers can help.

Serious Fraud

Defending complex serious fraud cases successfully is where we have an unparalleled track record. Find out how our specialist fraud lawyers can help.

money laundering

The UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) regime is amongst the most stringent. We represent both individuals and organisations in AML matters. Find out more about how our lawyers can help.

corporate crime

Corporate crime is under the spotlight more now than ever before with an increasing appetite for corporate prosecutions. Find out more about how our specialist corporate crime lawyers can help.

investigations

When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process. Find out more about how our expert investigations lawyers can help.

tax investigations

A tax investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could have serious implications for you and your business. Find out more about how our tax investigations lawyers can help.

cartels, competition, price fixing and anti-trust

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity. Find out more about how our specialist cartel lawyers can help.

proceeds of crime investigations

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies. Find out more about how our proceeds of crime team can help.

insider dealing and market abuse

We have extensive experience in representing individuals who have become embroiled in insider dealing investigations. Find out more about how our insider dealing team can help.

 

Whether allegations of criminal wrongdoing are against a company or an individual we understand the pressures and consequences involved. Clients want a trusted adviser who can identify the best strategy, mount a robust defence and guide them through the process.

Our experience spans the most high-profile cases in recent years  through to advice on matters less in the public eye, and covers work for corporates and individuals in cases involving  allegations of bribery and corruption, fraud or tax evasion as well as associated proceeds of crime issues.

Increase in investigations

Despite the well-rehearsed resourcing issue within UK law enforcement agencies, investigations into serious white collar, fraud and corporate criminal offences are on the increase. Without exception, the relevant agencies have extensive legislative and enforcement powers at their disposal, not to mention ambitious enforcement plans, making them forces to be reckoned with.  

We help clients navigate through the intricacies of the legislation that underpins criminal enforcement action: not just the various offences, but also the rules governing the conduct of investigations, such as those concerning search and seizure and disclosure, where the origins of successful defences are often found. We also have an in-depth knowledge of agencies’ priorities and current focus. What really sets us apart, however, is our skill in providing both strategic and practical advice which helps us to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

They have an excellent reputation, they have a very broad team and they have strength in depth."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Kingsley Napley straddles the overlap between financial services and financial crime."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Straddles the overlap between contentious regulatory work and financial crime."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Very good at litigation and have a fantastic reputation in the white-collar world."

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2019

Absolutely well suited for handling litigation for a high net worth client base."

Chambers and Partner High Net Worth Guide, 2019

Kingsley Napley always provides a high-level service to clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

The firm has very good criminal lawyers with strength and depth throughout the department."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

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

An absolute superfirm." 

Chambers and Partners, 2018

I believe their strength lies in their meticulous attention to detail and the intelligence of the individuals employed by that firm. I could not imagine a better law firm."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

The first firm I would think of when I represent a company and want an individual covered." 

Chambers and Partners, 2018

They have extremely good judgement when it comes to criminal matters. They have vast experience in crime at all levels - whether it's financial or something with a regulatory dimension or a civil dimension, they can deal with it and provide all round advice."

Chambers UK

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

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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

The criminal litigation department at Kingsley Napley LLP continues to ‘hold its own against the Magic Circle firms’."

Legal 500

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

 

Multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, high profile, long established practice, perhaps the most famous firm in the field."

Legal 500 UK 2021

They have a fantastic team."

Chambers UK 2021

A highly competent and experienced team, who can turn their hands to anything in this sector.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

Always a strong, gold star firm."

Chambers UK 2021

One of the premier white-collar defence teams in London."

Legal 500 UK 2020 

Regarded as one of the best financial crime firms."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

They have an excellent reputation, they have a very broad team and they have strength in depth."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Clients guide to the UK Legal Profession

Services

Bribery and Corruption

We have a long track record of defending corruption investigations for individuals. Our expert lawyers can also advise on internal investigations.

Cartels, Competition, Price Fixing and Anti-trust

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity.

Money Laundering

The UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) regime is amongst the most stringent. We represent both individuals and organisations in AML matters.

Serious Fraud

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for. The firm has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Corporate Crime

Corporate crime is under the spotlight more now than ever before with an increasing appetite for corporate prosecutions.

Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Law

The stakes have never been higher for individuals and companies involved in such cases. We provide clear advice on what can be a complex process.

Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Investigations

When an individual or company is faced with a criminal or regulatory investigation we manage every step of the process.

Financial Services Investigations

We provide intelligent and tactical representation to those involved in an investigation by defending accusations and mitigating risks.

Tax Investigations

A tax investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could have serious implications for you and your business.

Police Station Representation and Advice

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

Compelled Interviews and Interviews Under Caution

Interviews are serious matters, suspect or witness, how the interviewee responds to questions can lead to criminal or regulatory repercussions for the individual concerned and/or their employer organisation.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime lawyers can help.

Business and Human Rights

Consumers and regulators increasingly expect companies to demonstrate a commitment to human rights, where companies fall short, they increasingly face both reputational and legal consequences.

Media Crisis Management

We have a long history of acting in high profile matters. When a crisis or potential crisis hits, clients and their advisors turn to us.

White Collar and Financial Crime Insights

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News

Corporate criminal liability review could yield “radical and seismic” changes - Louise Hodges quoted in GIR

Alun Milford quoted following UK Governments "fence sitting" approach to reforms of corporate criminal liability laws

Kingsley Napley commended in eight categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2021

Criminal gangs steal £2bn through furlough fraud - Nicola Finnerty quoted in City AM

City may face flurry of litigation after ‘FinCEN’ dirty money revelations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Times

Companies House powers boosted to tackle £137bn dirty money deficit - Alun Milford quoted in Accountancy Daily

Managing Internal Investigations in a post COVID-19 world - Caroline Day and Alun Milford write for Legal 500 Crisis Management Special

SFO struggles to process evidence during pandemic - Louise Hodges quoted in the Financial Times

COVID-19 Slows Pace of Existing UK Investigations - Caroline Day quoted in Law360

Business and Government should brace for wave of fraud: Alun Milford quoted in The Telegraph

Worth of the Bribery Act under scrutiny: Louise Hodges quoted in The Times

Alun Milford quoted extensively following Government's announced proposals to introduce an economic crime levy

EU Data Privacy Laws Pose Disclosure Risks In Fraud Probes - Louise Hodges quoted in Law360

Ed Smyth quoted extensively on the UK court's recent decision to dismiss an appeal against the first UWO issued

Is the McMafia law working? - Ed Smyth quoted in ICAEW

Kingsley Napley recognised in six categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Financial crime: Tax schemes and investigations - Nicola Finnerty quoted in Citywealth

When justice takes a holiday - Alun Milford quoted in Law360

Goldman's Europe boss among 17 bankers charged in Malaysian 1MDB probe - Rebecca Niblock quoted

Serious Fraud Office (SFO) issues co-operation guidance – Louise Hodges comments

Economic Crime Plan for 2019-2022 - Alun Milford quoted

DPAs: good deals or a two-tier system? - Alun Milford quoted in The Times

Deferred prosecution agreements are not the cosy deals they seem - Stephen Parkinson writes for The Times

4 Takeaways From UK Review Of Mostly Untested Bribery Law - Louise Hodges quoted in Law360

Brexit ‘will slow bribery policing’ - Louise Hodges quoted in The Times

UK is failing in the fight against money laundering - Alun Milford quoted in The Times

Sanctions regulator forces banks to tighten up compliance - Rebecca Niblock quoted in Law360

Louise Hodges speaks on panel at the Financial Services Regulation & Disputes Summit

Post-Brexit data sharing with EU regulators is key for FCA policing market abuse

Kingsley Napley named as ‘Best law firm for financial crime, fraud & regulatory 2019’ by The Times

Dirty money: why can't banks clean up their act? - Nicola Finnerty quoted in The Telegraph

Overseas Production Orders – data access made too easy? Rebecca Niblock writes for Global Investigations Review

First anniversary of the new Anti-Money Laundering Regime – is it working? Nicola Finnerty writes for Compliance Monitor

High Court grants first unexplained wealth orders - Ed Smyth quoted in Spear's

OPBAS set to boost AML in the UK - Caroline Day comments in Financier Worldwide

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Blogs

Deferred Prosecution Agreements - New SFO Guidance

Furlough Fraud - what about the other £2bn?

Coronavirus business loan scheme fraud

Fitness and propriety investigations: practical considerations

Will the Economic Crime Levy bring much needed investment in the fight against economic crime?

Insolvency interviews in the context of suspected criminal or regulatory misconduct

HMRC to clampdown on businesses that have abused the Furlough scheme

COVID-19: Can you be prosecuted for opening your shop?

The compulsory embrace of the art market by the UK's Anti-Money Laundering regime

Returning to work and COVID-19: Could employers face health and safety prosecutions for infections in the workplace?

Competition enforcement – a sector approach

Unexplained Wealth Orders discharged - "tenacious" NCA to appeal

Fraud in the time of COVID-19 - The law enforcement response

Insolvency Service investigations into trading companies

Fraud in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 and the FCA - Scams, short selling and more

The (quiet) extension of the AML regime: an overview

In-house lawyers and general counsel take note: will your communications be privileged?

The Fourth AML Directive - The current roadmap and possible changes to the AML landscape two years on

The Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion: Two years on

AML: HMRC flexes enforcement muscle to the tune of £7.8 million

'Flipping defendants' – a new emphasis or a recycled aim?

SFO guidance on co-operation: more carrot than stick?

NCA obtains first UWO against a suspected organised criminal – a change in approach

Wine as an investment – the wine merchant’s risk

Crunching the numbers: is the National Crime Agency right to seek additional funding?

FCA Business Plan 2019-20: A reflection of recent enforcement action

Health and Safety Sentencing – Three years on and now for the bad news…

SFO secures “largest seizures of its kind” using new asset forfeiture powers

HMRC turns to companies to police tax evasion

SRA to undertake AML audits as enforcers keep focus on “professional enablers”

Fighting financial crime post Brexit: what next?

“Carrying on as we are is not a prudent option” says the Competition and Market Authority

Estate agents come under the HMRC spotlight

SFO v ENRC: what did the Court of Appeal decide and what does it mean for lawyers?

Brexit uncertainty pervades Competition and Markets Authority Annual Plan 2019-20

Unexplained Wealth Orders: What we know one year on

Fraud in Packaging Recycling: Environment Agency is clamping down on ‘Waste Crime’

No deal Brexit and financial crime: proposed regulations published

Diamonds are (not) forever: NCA keeps up pressure on unexplained wealth

Working in partnership: a new public/private approach to tackle economic crime

Tackling economic crime 2018-19

Routinely and aggressively pursuing money-laundering investigations: the verdict on the UK’s AML regime

Tackling illicit finance: lawyers under the spotlight

Corporate and individual accountability for international crimes: Kingsley Napley hosts second International Criminal Law Conference

AML: targeting the professional enablers – action not just talk

Reform of corporate liability – renewed calls for change

Financial Crime: Analysis of firms' data – first report

Ensuring crime doesn’t pay: confiscation regime under review

The UK’s new National Economic Crime Centre

CMA Cartel Campaigns and the “Leniency Line”

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