Why instruct Kingsley Napley?

“I understood every aspect of my claim, and they handled everything with respect and compassion.  I felt grateful to be in the hands of such experienced, knowledgeable and understanding solicitors.” A clinical negligence client

Our highly experienced team of solicitors are committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for every client.
 

We frequently achieve substantial settlements for people who have been injured in an accident, suffered a worsened medical condition, or lost a loved one, as a result of negligence. 

Our clients include adults and children who have suffered catastrophic injuries.  We are experienced in tailoring compensation to provide individualised care and support over our clients’ lifetimes.  While nothing can undo the harm caused by negligence, financial compensation can be life-enhancing.  It can ensure that basic needs are met, provide opportunities to live life as fully as possible, and give the reassurance of long term financial security. 

We are members of specialist panels and organisations which represent injured people including the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), Headway (the brain injury association) and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

Our expertise is recognised by high rankings in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

Whatever your injury or medical condition, our ethos is to support you through the legal process to enable you to obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

We strongly believe in the principles of the NHS and the need for healthcare standards to be maintained; both within the NHS and in the private healthcare sector.  Together with colleagues in our Public Law team, we have represented patients’ organisations at the Public Inquiry into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.  We also continue to work with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) to demystify the law for medical professionals.

Our team approach

Every case is conducted by a personalised team including a specialist lawyer, led by a partner, and supported by more junior team members.   

We instruct leading experts and barristers in the UK, to maximise the likelihood that claims will succeed.

Where necessary, we are also able to call upon Kingsley Napley solicitors specialising in other fields including Court of Protection, real estate, regulatory proceedings, and employment law, to provide a complete service.

 

Getting results for clients

Our clients’ needs are at the forefront of everything we do. 

We employ careful strategies to fight cases hard, while also seeking to resolve them at an early stage, wherever possible.  Almost all cases are concluded without the need for a trial.   Some cases are even settled without starting Court proceedings .

Year on year we secure very substantial awards of compensation for our clients.  For the most serious injuries this has included settlements of well over £20 million.  

Find out more about cases we have acted in here.

 

What our clients say

This is what some of our clients have said about us:

“Just a small appreciation of our huge thanks for all that you have done for us and our family in the case of [J]. You have been so supportive and understanding over the past three years; it has made the “rollercoaster” journey that much easier to ride. Ever grateful”

A client

“I understood every aspect of my claim, and [Kingsley Napley] handled everything with respect and compassion.  I felt grateful to be in the hands of such experienced, knowledgeable and understanding solicitors.”

A client

 

What the legal directories say

Legal directories provide a guide to the best solicitors firms in the country, within each area law.  We are highly ranked in the leading directories: Legal 500 and Chambers UK.  Here are some recent quotes about us from the directories:

"The Kingsley Napley team is highly skilled, reliable and unfailingly professional. I have complete confidence in the firm and its skill at engaging with and supporting clients."

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

[A] ‘first-class’ practice that provides a ‘specialised’ service that is ‘of the highest standard’. The ‘confident and efficient’ team is ‘extremely experienced in handling high-value and complex cases’

Legal 500 UK 2017

"It is a very good firm that is very organised and fights hard for its clients."

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

"I think it's one of the best clinical negligence teams in the country. They know how to run a case on behalf of claimants and they are all super smart."

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

"They are a Rolls-Royce firm that operates smoothly and to a very high level."

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

"They're really well prepared, very down-to-earth and their work ethic is top-notch."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"They were supportive and sensitive to what we were going through – we built a very good relationship with the team."

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

 

Our accreditations

Many of our lawyers are members of specialist panels such as the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Action against Medical Accidents( AvMA) panel.  There is a rigorous application process to join these panels and membership is based upon specialism and experience.

Our team also support organisations including the Spinal Injury Association (SIA), Headway (the brain injury association), the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

We are signatories to the Serious Injury Guide. The Guide applies to high value personal injury claims and encourages Defendants to agree to early access to rehabilitation (to maximise the chance of recovery).  It also encourages early resolution of claims.  Many Insurers are signatories to this Guide. 

 

When to contact us

Please contact us if you believe that you or a family member may have been affected by personal injury or medical negligence.  We will discuss how we can help.  If you do not want to take things further, there will be no charge.

"It is a very good firm that is very organised and fights hard for its clients." 

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

Latest blogs & news

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Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day is held annually in May.  It is an annual event run by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their charity partners.  The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding the impact and effect of spinal cord injury told through personal stories of those affected.  This year the awareness day has a poignancy about it – with the country coming out of lockdown having spent 14 months coping with the challenges that come with a pandemic, it is a reminder that the challenges the wider community have encountered over the past year are common on-going challenges for those with a spinal cord injury.  For example, difficulties in accessing specialist healthcare services at a time of need and restrictions on accessing the wider community.

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According to the most recent NHS statistics 2,500 people are injured or diagnosed with a spinal cord injury every year. Indeed it is estimated  that there are a total of 50,000 people living in the UK with a spinal cord injury of some sort. Unfortunately sustaining a spinal cord injury impacts on every aspect of a person’s life. Often, where everyday tasks are a challenge, returning to work may seem unrealistic. The fact is that employment rates among people with spinal cord injuries remain much lower than the general population.

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Brain Injury Awareness Week

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Sports/sporting injuries are the third largest cause of spinal cord injury in the UK. Through the implementation of better health and safety standards in sport, there has been a decrease in the number of spinal cord injuries sustained during sports such as American football, rugby, motor sports and equestrianism.

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