Kingsley Napley Anglo French Services

Providing legal support for French speaking individuals, their families and businesses, who are based in the UK and overseas

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"The firm as a whole provides a "Rolls-Royce" service, with particular expertise in cases with an international / multi-jurisdictional element"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Client's Guide to Law Firms


Kingsley Napley is an internationally recognised law firm based in London. As part of our growing international services, we offer  legal support to French speaking clients, both individuals, their families and businesses, living in the UK and overseas.  We also advise British expats living in France and elsewhere.

A number of lawyers at Kingsley Napley frequently travel to France and other French speaking countries and  we have an established network of contacts and professional advisors  there and in other jurisdictions.  We advise in respect of the laws of England and Wales but we can liaise with and refer clients to trusted advisors in other countries as and when relevant.

Our wide range of expertise enables us to provide support for French speaking clients in all areas of their business and private lives. Our lawyers are renowned for integrity and expertise in dealing with complex, often high profile and international cases involving wealth planningtaxfamily & divorcedispute resolutionimmigrationreal estatecorporate & commercialmedical negligence & personal injurycriminal litigationextraditionregulatoryemployment, professional discipline and public law issues. 

We advise French nationals  (and those from other French speaking countries) and families in all areas of law listed above and offer French speaking services in a number of teams, including those highlighted below. Please click on the headings for further information.


We provide a specialist family law expertise to French clients and those who have links with French speaking countries. This is widely recognised as the leading service of its kind in England.

French speakers in the team include partner Rachel Freeman and Colleen Nwaodor, who both represent French clients and advise in Anglo French cases, sometimes involving proceedings in more than one country. Claire and Charlotte Bradley, who also has a substantial French practice, are recognised family law experts in the legal directories.  We have strong relationships with lawyers and professional advisors in France , Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Monaco.  

We can help you to resolve divorce or separation disputes, whether there are aspects relating to finances, children or both. We are experts in cross border children cases, in particular cases where one party wishes to return or move to France with a child or children.  We also regularly advise on the preparation of prenuptial agreements involving French clients who live in, or are planning to move to England.



Joseph Austin, a Senior Associate in the Private Client Team, has many years of experience of preparing English wills tailored to your specific needs where there are French assets and connections. He works closely with trusted French lawyers and other professionals (e.g. accountants) to make sure your planning is seamless and consistent between the two jurisdictions. 

Whilst we come across many unique cases, typically we prepare an English will in two situations:

  • French domiciled nationals (usually resident in England) owning English real estate; and
  • English domiciled nationals owning real estate in France.

 Our Private Client team also specialise in deceased estates with an English connection containing French property. As for wills, we co-ordinate closely with French lawyers to give joined up advice the legal successors and beneficiaries / heirs. 



Kingsley Napley's Immigration team covers all areas of business and personal immigration as well as British nationality law.

We have long experience of advising start-ups and established companies - including many French-owned businesses - on sponsor licence applications and work visas for non-EU employees.

We are also experts in European free movement law. We help French nationals and other EU citizens with permanent residence and British citizenship applications. Since the EU referendum in June 2016 we have been advising many businesses on how to protect the position of their EU employees in the UK. We can handle anything from a straightforward application for a permanent residence document to an appeal before the European Court of Justice.  Elspeth Guild and Nicolas Rollason, both partners in our Immigration team, are recognised as leaders in this field.

For French nationals and British expats who may wish to transfer to other locations, Benjamin Sookia, our Global Immigration Manager, can assist with securing relevant visas by working in conjunction with our specialist network of KN Global immigration co-counsel. 

Nicolas RollasonBenjamin Sookia and also Kim Vowden, an Associate in the team, are all fluent French speakers.



Our dispute resolution team regularly advises French companies and nationals on litigation and arbitration disputes based upon English law. We also advise on cross-jurisdiction matters, e.g. where assets are held overseas, and in relation enforcement of French judgments and  Arbitration Awards in the UK and elsewhere and we work closely with our network of foreign legal and tax experts. 

Gerard Cukier is a French speaker and he travels frequently to France, Monaco and other French speaking countries.

Our specialist team of litigators advise French nationals and companies on:

  • Commercial and  contract disputes
  • Shareholder and boardroom disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Civil fraud and investigations
  • Financial services disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Wills, trust and inheritance disputes
  • Insolvency
  • International and cross-border disputes and ICC, LCIA , UNCITRAL etc. arbitrations
  • Sports law
  • Reputation and media
  • Intellectual property disputes



Our real estate team of solicitors are able to advise on all areas of real estate and construction law.

We are very well placed to be able to assist French and francophone clients with legal matters concerning their property interests in England and Wales.

Our previous experience includes:

  • acting on a number of sales and purchases of high value residential properties in England for French and Belgian nationals; and
  • advising a developer based in Luxembourg on the documentation for the construction, sale, purchase and letting of various commercial developments in England.

Robert Read, an Associate in the Real Estate team, speaks fluent French. 



Led by partners with over 25 years of experience in this area, our medical negligence solicitors are recognised as specialists in clinical negligence and personal injury.

Within our team, solicitor Eurydice Coté and legal assistant Aline Constan are both French speakers specialising in medical liability and personal injury. Their field of expertise includes medical accidents, traffic accidents and accidents at work.


Further information

To find out  more and for advice on your particular circumstances, please contact Rachel Freeman (Family), Joseph Austin (Private Client), Kim Vowden (Immigration), Gerard Cukier (Dispute Resolution),  Robert Read (Real Esate), Eurydice Coté (Medical Negligence and Personal Injury) or indeed any member of our team.


Anglo French Specialist Family Law Service

We provide specialist bilingual family expertise to separating couples and Anglo-French families with disputes relating to finance, children or both.

Corporate and Commercial

Our corporate and commercial lawyers combine strong technical expertise with a track record in delivering flexible and creative solutions.

Dispute Resolution

Dealing with a dispute professionally and commercially takes skill. We assist and support our clients with both legal knowledge and strategy.


Whether you are a business or a senior employee, our employment law specialists will give pragmatic and commercial advice.

European Nationals and Their Families

Recognised as one of the leading teams in EU free movement law, our lawyers have extensive experience helping European nationals on obtaining Permanent Residence.


Our specialist team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years.

International Families

Our expert team of lawyers can help you plan for and protect all of your interests and affairs as you are on the move.

Medical Negligence & Personal Injury

Led by partners with over 25 years of experience in this area, our lawyers are recognised as specialists in clinical negligence and personal injury.

Moving to the UK

Making your home in another country can be complicated. We’ll help simplify the process.

Private Client

We are an internationally recognised private client team working with entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and City professionals.

Public Law

Our 'exceptional' team has over 25 years' experience, acting in the most significant public law cases.

Real Estate & Construction

Our firm has advised in property transactions for over 75 years, acting for a variety of clients across the real estate and construction sector.


Our team of highly experienced lawyers provide advice on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.

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