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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP handles a range of financial services contentious cases, including criminal, civil and regulatory matters. The firm specialises in advising senior individuals under the Senior Managers Regime. In addition, the practice has increased its focus on early intervention work, as well as advising corporates. Louise Hodges is a specialist in FCA regulatory investigations, financial crime and serious and complex fraud. She co-leads the team with Jill Lorimer, who has expertise in advising individuals facing investigation and prosecution for insider dealing and market abuse.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; Jill Lorimer

Testimonials

'The team has an expert understanding of the interaction between financial services and crime'

'Jill Lorimer is a partner with great knowledge of the industry'

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

'One of the few original boutique white collar firms to truly develop an expertise in corporate contentious financial services work.'

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's department acts for professional firms and LLPs, as well as their individual members and partners, mainly in the financial services and professional sectors. The group draws on the firm's wider expertise in employment law, regulatory and professional discipline, white-collar crime and business immigration to provide clients with a full partnership disputes service. The team is jointly headed by regulatory expert Iain Miller and Adrian Crawford, whose practice spans contentious partnership and employment law.

Practice head(s):Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller

Other key lawyers:Richard Fox; Adam Lambert; Andreas White

Testimonials

'They are able to address wider employment, criminal, defamation and commercial ligation issues, which makes them very effective as a firm able to deal with complex multi-issue disputes.'

'Richard Fox  has great client skills and is respected by his opponents for his negotiating skills. He has great tactical intuition and always sees a move ahead.'

'Iain Miller is good on legal regulation.'

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Viewed by some as 'a market leader in this field', Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for its 'wealth of experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory work' while its extradition practice is 'extremely well respected'. The 'very strong' team acts for individuals and corporations in cases concerning driving offences, extradition, sexual offences, fraud and matters with international elements. The 'outstanding' David Sleight, 'cool and collected' Rebecca Niblock, and Louise Hodges jointly head the practice. Sandra Paul is 'tactical and empathetic'. Counsel John Harding and senior associate Edmund Smyth - 'an innovative thinker' - are also names to note.

Practice head(s):David Sleight; Rebecca Niblock; Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:John Harding; Sandra Paul; Edmund Smyth

Testimonials

'Kingsley Napley has real strength and expertise at all levels of the crime group. The team is hard-working, focused on getting results and yet maintains the human touch'.

'David Sleight is relentless in his pursuit of his client's case'.

'John Harding is the calm influence you'd definitely want in your corner if you were in trouble'.

'Rebecca Niblock is an excellent extradition practitioner, who always provides calm and measured advice'.

'Sandra Paul is a huge asset for the firm'.

'Edmund Smyth is a master of his cases; thoughtful, pragmatic and very client-focussed'.

Leading individuals

David Sleight - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rebecca Niblock - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Edmund Smyth - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's fraud caseload include matters relating to insolvency, contractual disputes, directors’ duties, professional negligence, injunctions and freezing orders. Clients include governments, foreign banks, listed companies, trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Sue Thackeray is recommended for her expertise in commercial litigation, international civil fraud proceedings, regulatory matters, as well as bribery, corruption and cyber fraud. Richard Foss heads the team.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Ryan Mowat; Mary Young

Key Clients

Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick

Madiyar Ablyazov

Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Ltd (a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands)

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory LLP in his capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Razahussein Dhanji and Riazali Dhanji

Work highlights

  • Acted for a start-up fintech company, Thought Machine, and three directors/employees of the company against Capco UK, an English global business and technology consultancy, which alleged that the wrongful acts of the defendants caused its Bold Rocket division to collapse, resulting in losses of over £240m to Capco.
  • Defended BTA Bank’s claim against Madiyar Ablyazov and his father, the well-known Kazakh businessman Mukhtar Ablyazov, that £1.1m given to Madiyar by Mukhtar belonged to Mukhtar and should be released to BTA in part payment of the judgments obtained against him.
  • Acting for the voluntary liquidator of a Cayman trading company to recover substantial funds invested in the company predominately by English pensioners promised very high returns on their investments.
  • Acting on behalf of the trustee in bankruptcy in a complex matter where the bankrupt divested himself of nearly all his assets before making himself bankrupt in the face of significant tax liabilities due to the failure of various aggressive tax avoidance schemes in which he participated.
  • Continuing to act for the Dhanji brothers in respect of their High Court claim against Mr Al-Najar, a businessman who carries on a range of businesses in property development.
Leading individuals

Sue Thackeray - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is adept at handling cross border, multi-jurisdictional cases, including allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency fraud, bank fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, cartels, index and benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. It deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CMA, DOJ, FBI and SEC. Co-head of team Louise Hodges specialises in financial crime. Jonathan Grimes, who also heads the team, focuses on financial services crime. Stephen Parkinson is a white-collar specialist who acts for individuals and corporates. Caroline Day and Rebecca Niblock are also recommended. Nicola Finnerty joined as partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, having previously worked at Corker Binning. Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO, where he was general counsel. Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP. Johanna Walsh left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; Jonathan Grimes

Other key lawyers:Stephen Parkinson; Caroline Day; Rebecca Niblock; Nicola Finnerty; Alun Milford

Testimonials

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

‘Louise Hodges is a wise counsellor and a source of great tactical awareness in cases’.                   

‘Stephen Parkinson probably has the most faultless judgement in London when it comes to financial crime’

‘Louise Hodges is universally respected in this field’.

‘Jonathan Grimes is careful and has passionate attention to his clients’. 

‘Nicola Finnerty is a huge addition to the team this year; a force to be reckoned with, she's a fighter and a thinker who relishes new law and the toughest of challenges. She is destined for the top’.

‘Jill Lorimer is a key part of this department; never hogging the limelight, she is the oil in the engine of the team’.

‘Jonathon Grimes is utterly exceptional’.              

Key Clients

Alexander Nix

James Garthwaite

Work highlights

  • Represented Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, in respect of a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office and the parliamentary Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee’s enquiry into “fake news”.
Leading individuals

Louise Hodges - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicola Finnerty - Kingsley Napley LLP

Stephen Parkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Day - Kingsley Napley LLP

Jill Lorimer - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's cross-practice team specialises in the full spectrum of criminal, regulatory and civil contentious matters across the banking arena. It acts in claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies, and has particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation. Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, of which Sue Thackeray, William Christopher, Ryan Mowat and Fiona Simpson are key members.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Ryan Mowat; Fiona Simpson

Key Clients

Madiyar Ablyazov

Work highlights

  • Defended Madiyar Ablyazov (MA) against BTA Bank’s claim against MA (and his father) that a sum of money given to MA should be released to BTA in part payment of judgments obtained against MA's father.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in areas such as civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency, banking and trusts, and its commercial litigation clients include listed companies, professional football clubs, government agencies, as well as trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, Middle Eastern banks and Formula 1 companies. The firm also advises high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, which also fields Ryan Mowat, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Fiona Simpson. Mary Young was recently made partner.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Ryan Mowat; Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young

Testimonials

'More than similar teams in other firms, they are tough, resilient and determined to fight hard for the clients' interests.'

'Fiona Simpson is very committed and commercially minded.'

'Will Christopher - very user-friendly, but tough, determined and tenacious.'

'Ryan Mowat - bright, fully committed to every case, and a tactical genius.' 

'Hannah Fitzwilliam - very bright, fearsomely organised and a real star of the future.'

'Good depth of knowledge across various departments which enabled the firm to give expert advice not only on the dispute resolution aspect of the matter, but also on professional regulatory issues.'

'Fiona Simpson has an ability to pick up and follow small items of information gleaned from her background research that most firms would miss.'

'Iain Miller has a good knowledge of the law outside his own area of expertise, as well as exceptional authority within it. This enables the client to plan the conduct of a matter strategically, instead of being forced to follow events, maximises the possibility of a successful resolution without wasting management time and resources unnecessarily.'

Key Clients

Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick

Madiyar Ablyazov

Rangers Football Club

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory in his capacity as trustee in the bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Work highlights

  • Acted for various Rangers Football Club companies in long-running and acrimonious litigation with Sports Direct International, its owner Mike Ashley, and other Sports Direct companies.
Leading individuals

Richard Foss - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'highly respected team combines enormous experience with a forward-thinking and creative approach'. Its matters span the healthcare, finance, education, professional and legal service sectors, and the department’s work is complemented by the firm's criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments. In recent work, Melinka Berridge led the representation for Education Workforce Council (EWC) in conducting an unacceptable professional conduct case before the EWC's Fitness to Practise Committee. Nicola Hill heads the regulatory team and has advised many of the statutory healthcare, professional service and education sector regulators. Iain Miller's specialist area is advising law firms and legal regulators. Other key advisers are Julie Norris, Julie Matheson and legal counsels Lucy Williams and Laura Ryan; the senior associates to note are Jenny Higgins, Shannett Thompson and Hannah Eales. Sarah Harris was promoted to partner and Jessica Clay joined in July 2019 from the SRA.

Practice head(s):Nicola Hill

Other key lawyers:Melinka Berridge; Iain Miller; Julie Norris; Julie Matheson;  Lucy Williams; Laura Ryan; Jenny Higgins; Shannett Thompson; Hannah Eales; Sarah Harris 

Testimonials

'The unyielding drive and innovative approach of its lawyers sets this firm apart from its competitors. Their depth of knowledge and experience is simply unparalleled. They are properly recognised as the market leaders in this area - an acknowledgment that is richly deserved'.

'The firm is a force to be reckoned with – bright, ground-breaking and wildly impressive'.

'Melinka Berridge is extremely experienced - there are not many issues which she has not come across and tackled before. The breadth of her knowledge on regulatory issues and processes is staggering; she is a real heavyweight, and definitely someone clients want in their corner'.

'Julie Matheson is an extremely impressive lawyer. She has a fierce intellect, her case preparation is meticulous and she is always several steps ahead of her opponent. As well as being supremely bright, she manages to be both personable and robust - a real star'.

Key Clients

Education Workforce Council

Health and Care Professions Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in the investigation of an allegation of misconduct against a registered paramedic.
Leading individuals

Iain Miller  - Kingsley Napley LLP

Julie Norris - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicola Hill - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Harris - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Jenny Higgins - Kingsley Napley LLP

Laura Ryan - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has carved out a niche in criminal tax investigations and litigation, drawing on broad expertise in corporate criminal defence to advise clients on the spectrum of tax fraud cases. The group is also experienced in multi-jurisdictional matters, where tax investigations in other EU countries have led to parallel UK investigations. Louise Hodges leads the criminal litigation department, while David Sleight heads the tax investigations team.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; David Sleight

Other key lawyers:Edmund Smyth

Testimonials

'Unique perspective on tax from the point of view of premier league litigators'

'Louise Hodges stands out for her experience, grasp of broader strategic issues and the practical advice she gives clients caught up in complex litigation'

'Louise Hodges is a leading light in the market generally, and David Sleight has established himself as a force to be reckoned with - both are user friendly, practical, knowledgeable and totally committed to their clients'

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's practice advises board directors, traders and fund managers as well as a raft of employers and other senior executives. High Court litigation and tribunal claims are key areas of focus for the team, which is led by Richard M Fox, who works with both corporates and professional partnerships on the employer side. On the senior executive side, Fox acts for individuals across the media, sport and banking sectors. The 'measured' and 'extremely approachable' Adrian Crawford specialises in financial and professional services, as well as TUPE matters. Other key members of the team include Adam Lambert and 'top-tier lawyer' Andreas White, while associate Francesca Lopez is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Richard Fox

Other key lawyers:Adrian Crawford; Andreas White; Adam Lambert

Testimonials

'Adrian Crawford is extremely approachable, supportive and helpful.'

'Adrian Crawford is always measured - a calming influence and he has an extraordinary memory.'

'Andreas White showed an excellent grasp of the law. He was patient and gave good advice.'

'Adam Lambert is a top-tier lawyer. He is a master in the law.'

'Very strong technical knowledge and practical application.'

'The team has a strong reputation for employment knowledge and advice coupled with a fast, responsive and understanding service for clients.'

'The firm has managed to retain the dedicated personal service ethos.'

'Timely responses with excellent advice.'

Key Clients

RSM UK

Health and Care Professions Council

Augustus Martin

Lime FMS

Chief Police Officers Staff Association

Whitehouse Post Productions

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's practice advises board directors, traders and fund managers as well as a raft of employers and other senior executives. High Court litigation and tribunal claims are key areas of focus for the team, which is led by Richard M Fox, who works with both corporates and professional partnerships on the employer side. On the senior executive side, Fox acts for individuals across the media, sport and banking sectors. The 'measured' and 'extremely approachable' Adrian Crawford specialises in financial and professional services, as well as TUPE matters. Other key members of the team include Adam Lambert and 'top-tier lawyer' Andreas White, while associate Francesca Lopez is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Richard Fox

Other key lawyers:Adrian Crawford; Andreas White; Adam Lambert

Testimonials

'Adrian Crawford is extremely approachable, supportive and helpful.'

'Adrian Crawford is always measured - a calming influence and he has an extraordinary memory.'

'Andreas White showed an excellent grasp of the law. He was patient and gave good advice.'

'Adam Lambert is a top-tier lawyer. He is a master in the law.'

'Very strong technical knowledge and practical application.'

'The team has a strong reputation for employment knowledge and advice coupled with a fast, responsive and understanding service for clients.'

'The firm has managed to retain the dedicated personal service ethos.'

'Timely responses with excellent advice.'

Leading individuals

Richard Fox - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Francesca Lopez - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP traditionally focuses on defending individuals in criminal investigations involving fatalities and serious accidents, but has also been building up a track record of work for corporate clients in this field too. The 'tenacious' Jonathan Grimes is a key figure and regularly represents in corporate manslaughter cases. Also recommended is Melinka Berridge, who focuses on the leisure and hospitality sectors, and senior associate Hannah Eales, who is active on fire safety matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Grimes

Other key lawyers:Melinka Berridge; Hannah Eales

Testimonials

'The firm has an established health and safety practice with strength in depth. Its client base is broad, which is reflected in the fact that it can draw on the experience of partners in other regulatory fields.'

'Jonathan Grimes is tenacious while at the same time being pragmatic and highly knowledgeable.'

'Melinka Berridge draws on her experience in the leisure sector to provide highly commercial and practical advice and representation to a wide variety of clientele in the leisure industry from a health and safety perspective.'

'Hanna Eales is a rising star who has significant experience in fire safety law and regularly lectures and blogs on the subject.'

Key Clients

London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the London Fire Brigade to represent seven former employees who have been required to give evidence for the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is 'very capable of covering the spectrum of immigration law; from business to asylum, including family and private life applications'; and the team is 'always very willing to go above and beyond to provide the best service'. The team acts for a variety of clients across the legal, professional services, financial services, sports, media, entertainment, education, technology and energy sectors on business immigration matters. It also advises entrepreneurs, investors, high-net-worth individuals and high-profile individuals on complex immigration matters. Nicolas Rollason and the 'outstanding' Elspeth Guild are European immigration law experts, while Marcia Longdon is experienced in advising both corporate and private clients on the immigration rules, the PBS and discretionary applications and has a growing practice acting for clients in the creative and entertainment sectors. Ilda De Sousa handles British nationality applications, appeals, judicial reviews and applications under European Law, and also assists employers on Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsor registrations and handles compliance issues. The firm also handles a raft of asylum, human rights and overstay work and is involved in a number of appeals and judicial reviews. The team is noted for its experience in complex family applications involving surrogacy and adoption. Senior associates Katie Newbury, who heads the private client immigration team, and Kim Vowden, who is experienced in advising financial, media and technology sector clients on business immigration, are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:Marcia Longdon; Ilda de Sousa; Elspeth Guild; Katie Newbury; Kim Vowden; Gillian Brownlee; Conor Boyd

Testimonials

There is a strong partner team, which is supported by excellent associates; the lawyers are on top of the law, great with clients and solution-centred.

Nicolas Rollason and Katie Newbury are both really excellent.

Katie Newbury is an extremely courteous, principled and compassionate solicitor who works tirelessly.

Katie Newbury is very knowledgeable across the spectrum.

Conor Boyd is very pleasant and easy to work with.

Short notice responses and quick turnaround times are what sets the firm apart from the rest.

Ilda de Sousa understands fully what the client wants and needs, and goes above and beyond to get work done.

The team is very knowledgeable, accessible, helpful and pragmatic.

The team listens well and is able to explain legal jargon in a clear and understandable way.

Katie Newbury and her team are just exceptional and made a stressful experience so much easier to handle.

Katie Newbury is incredibly passionate and extremely bright.

Elspeth Guild is outstanding.

Work highlights

  • Advised couple on an international adoption matter, which included an application to register their adopted son as a British citizen.
  • Advised on judicial review proceedings following the refusal of ILR as a Tier 1 (General) migrant.
  • The team advised on an asylum application for a high-profile individual, subject to extradition proceedings.
  • Acted for a US national in maintaining her immigration bail and successfully had her leave to remain as a Tier 2 General migrant reinstated following a criminal conviction.
Leading individuals

Elspeth Guild - Kingsley Napley LLP

Ilda de Sousa - Kingsley Napley LLP

Marcia Longdon - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicolas Rollason - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Katie Newbury - Kingsley Napley LLP

Kim Vowden - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP provides the full-range of clinical negligence advice, with a particular emphasis on spinal and brain injuries, meningitis and cerebral palsy related claims. The team's caseload ranges in scope and value, and includes maximum severity matters arising from wrongful birth, cancer misdiagnoses, surgical errors, as well as fatal claims where quantum is complex. Team head Terrence Donovan has developed a niche in suicide cases linked to poor psychiatric care. Kate Rohde has a lot of experience of cerebral palsy cases and fatal injury claims, while senior associate Punam Sood is frequently involved  in matters concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Terrence Donovan

Other key lawyers:Kate Rohde; Richard Lodge; Punam Sood

Testimonials

'High quality work and excellent client care - the solicitors really do care and build strong and trusting working relationships with clients. The firm's solicitors are very sensible. They have the good judgement not to take weak points and are realistic in their assessments of their cases. Having said that, they fight hard to get the best result for their clients'. 

'Punam Sood is hard-working and dogged but also incredibly personable. She is smart and is not afraid to challenge counsel, which is a really positive attribute.'

Leading individuals

Kate Rohde - Kingsley Napley LLP

Terrence Donovan - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Punam Sood - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is instructed by entrepreneurs and individuals on disputes against solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, property and construction professionals. The team offers particular expertise in financial services and banking disputes and it is involved in several claims against financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Ryan Mowat; Mary Young; Jemma Brimblecombe

Testimonials

'The team is a cohesive unit with members being able to take the lead at different times with no drop in the level of skill and service. '

'Richard Foss and Mary Young were excellent in dealing with an ever changing case and were both very extremely professional in sometimes challenging circumstances.'

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP combines an expertise in private client litigation with considerable experience in other areas such as criminal, fraud and media-related disputes. It also has a well-regarded Court of Protection practice and often acts in cases on behalf of a deputy where there is serious wrongdoing or fraud is alleged. In addition the team regularly works alongside its family law team to advise on a number of high-value trusts and divorce matters. The group has an established name in the market for its work on contentious probate disputes with particular skill in complex 1975 Inheritance Act claims and validity claims. Ryan Mowat heads the contentious trusts and probate team. Kate Salter and Katherine Pymont are well regarded.

Practice head(s):Ryan Mowat

Other key lawyers:Kate Salter; Katherine Pymont

Key Clients

Naresh Gupta

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory LLP in his capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Naresh Gupta in defending a will challenge on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval, where it was alleged that the testatrix could not speak or understand English.
  • Acting for Paul Allen of FRP Advisory LLP in his capacity as Trustee in Bankruptcy of Jason Cheung.
  • Acting for Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Ltd in a complex fraud related dispute to recover funds invested by trustees of three pension funds
Leading individuals

Ryan Mowat - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Kate Salter - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP primarily assists clients with property and affairs matters. It acts for clients who lack capacity due to catastrophic medical negligence or acquired brain injury. Under the leadership of Simon Hardy the department advises on various matters such as statutory will applications and the creation and administration of personal injury trusts in addition to providing professional deputyship and panel deputyship services. Through Anita Gill the practice also administers and manages the affairs of the elderly, particularly those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Practice head(s):Simon Hardy

Other key lawyers:Anita Gill; Sameena Munir

Testimonials

'The team is outstanding in its delivery of client care, it  always has time for the clients and the team has an understanding and sympathetic manner when dealing with its vulnerable client base'.

'Simon Hardy is outstanding'.

'Very strong team. Simon Hardy is extremely bright and a great strategist'.

'Simon Hardy – ferociously intelligent, pragmatic and commercial'.

'It is a supportive, welcoming and understanding team'.

'Sameena Munir is very bright, able and is extremely proactive'.

Leading individuals

Simon Hardy - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Both the partners and junior lawyers at Kingsley Napley LLP can equally advise on cases involving finance and children proceedings. The team is well known for its work in highly contested and complex finance proceedings for very wealthy clients and has extensive experience in acting for farming and landed estate clients. It can also advise on contested cases around child arrangements frequently involving issues about relocation and other cross-border children matters. A high proportion of its work is international. In addition the group has a strong reputation for its work in high-conflict cases advising clients where there are personality disorders such as narcissistic personality disorders or addictions through to cases involving parental alienation or coercive and controlling behaviour. Head of team Charlotte Bradley is highly regarded for her work on Schedule 1 cases. Michael Rowlands also regularly advises clients in respect of high-value multi-jurisdictional post/pre-nuptial/pre-civil partnership agreements as well as international child relocation cases. Jane Keir and Lauren Evans are recommended.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:Jane Keir; Michael Rowlands; Lauren Evans

Testimonials

'Kingsley Napley is filled with reasonable, sensible lawyers who know their stuff and get things sorted out with a minimum of fuss. It also has a  particularly strong team of associates coming through and we would single out for recognition senior associate Lauren Evans'.

'Charlotte Bradley is superb who along with Jane Keir works wonders with clients. Lauren Evans is absolutely brilliant and superb at calming down clients'.

'Charlotte Bradley is a brilliant and intuitive lawyer'.

'Charlotte Bradley remains fantastic'.

Work highlights

  • Advising on an Anglo-French divorce of a high-profile individual.
  • Advised on the enforcement of a prenup and its settlement at FDR.
  • Advised on a multi-jurisdictional contested children and finance case with complex international trust issues.
  • Advised on a high-net-worth and multi-jurisdictional financial remedy case.
  • Advising on a complicated multi-jurisdictional divorce involving complex financial matters.
Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - Kingsley Napley LLP

Jane Keir - Kingsley Napley LLP

Michael Rowlands - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Lauren Evans - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is regularly involved in mediations with an international dimension both in relation to children and finance matters. Charlotte Bradley is an accredited mediator who is allowed to have direct consultation with children. Connie Atkinson works mainly with City professionals on both financial and children cases. They also co-mediate together on complex and high-net-worth cases and both practice shuttle mediations.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:Connie Atkinson

Testimonials

'Very qualified, very capable in family law mediation. A safe pair of hands. A happy and energetic team.'

'Charlotte Bradley - she really cares about what she does and it shows. Clients and fellow solicitors trust her.'

'Charlotte Bradley really rolls up her sleeves and undertakes a thorough examination of disclosure. She doesn't sit on the fence, she tells clients when they need to move on their positions. She is confident and hardworking. Clients love her.'

'The team is led by the excellent Charlotte Bradley who is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. Connie Atkinson is also excellent.'

'A close knit supportive team - extremely well regarded in their field. It can offer a mediator for all situations.'

'Connie Atkinson - calm, focused and extremely capable and hardworking. Dedicated to helping couples find solutions that will work for the family.'

Work highlights

  • Co-parenting agreement for individuals with assets of £100m+.
  • Mediation for a high-profile couple to reach a financial settlement.
  • Mediating with couple with a severely disabled son in relation to care and financial arrangements.
  • Mediation to vary substantial maintenance.
  • Co-mediation for US/British city professionals.
Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - Kingsley Napley LLP

Rising stars

Connie Atkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for weathy individuals both in the UK and overseas, many of whom are in the public eye, politicians and business people. James Ward, who is a full member of STEP and joined the firm from Seddons, heads the team that also includes Jim Sawer. Sawer is a registered wills draftsman in the Dubai International Finance Centre’s wills and probate registry and therefore is authorised to draft and advise on DIFC-compliant wills.

Practice head(s):James Ward

Other key lawyers:Jim Sawer; Stephanie Mooney

Testimonials

'What a lovely team of just downright good private client lawyers. It may be city based, but the lawyers are not above helping anyone, yet when required they can hit the highest notes. Jim Sawyer who listens like nobody I know. Stephanie Mooney for her adaptability and James Ward for his technical abilities.'

'The team has a very client friendly focus, which concentrates on the needs of the client and how they can best be delivered. Its focus is on giving the client exactly what they need in as simple manner as possible.'

'Constructive and helpful Jim Sawer - a practical adviser with an ability to communicate difficult concepts in a simple style.'

'The lawyers are caring, professional and sensitive to their clients' needs. They deal with matters quickly and efficiently.  I trust the team to do a great job.'

'Jim Sawer has an imaginative approach to get solutions.'

'The team treats us with respect and show they have our interests as their main concern. They respond in a quick and clear manner to our requests and see things through to our satisfaction plus go further than most to make sure we are fully satisfied.'

'They genuinely care and make you feel special.'

Work highlights

  • Acting as principal adviser to a high-profile sportsman on a number of complex tax, domicile and succession issues.
  • Advising a famous media personality on tax and succession matters.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has seen a significant expansion of its public inquiry practice, having recently been instructed by religious institutions, education bodies, police officers and other individuals to assist with a number of highly publicised inquiries, such as the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Westminster Bridge Inquests and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The team led by Adam Chapman also handles a broad range of judicial review mandates, acting for claimants, interested parties and public body defendants. Recent instructions have come from former police officers contesting the grounds of dismissal, individuals challenging local council policies and medical agencies challenging regulatory decisions. A number of key regulatory bodies are counted on the client roster, which instruct the team to handle public law litigation and provide general advisory support.

Practice head(s):Adam Chapman

Testimonials

'The firm has an amazing engagement with clients and barristers with a real sense of teamwork'

'Provides high-quality public law advice to public and private sector organisations alike'

'The team has a strong focus and the determination to achieve what is required'

'Adam Chapman is an excellent public and regulatory lawyer. Very solutions focused and practical'

'Sophie Kemp and Caroline Day bring not only great skill in legal matters but also a very personal and humane attitude when dealing with sensitive issues'

Key Clients

Westminster Bridge Inquests

Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

IICSA: Downside and others

London Fire Brigade

IICSA: Diocese of Westminster

Federation of Awarding Bodies

Former Senior Metropolitan Police Officer

Individual, supported by The Kennel Club

Marcus Beale

Med Chambers Limited/Prime Medicals Limited/ML Doctors Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Michelle Palmer and Angela Clark (sisters of PC Keith Palmer) in the inquest into his death during the terrorist attack at Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster.
  • Instructed to act for Downside Abbey and Downside School in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearing on Downside and Ampleforth.
  • Instructed by the London Fire Brigade to represent seven former employees who have been required to give evidence at Phase II of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advised a former senior Metropolitan Police officer in connection with the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
  • Obtained an interim injunction and brought highly expedited judicial review proceedings on grounds of the appearance of bias for former Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale in relation to the panel hearing on his dismissal.
Leading individuals

Adam Chapman - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Real estate

Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's practice - which 'combines utter professionalism with a proper commercial nous' - has expertise managing the challenging aspects of transactions on the buyer and seller side, including investigations into title, land valuations, Licence to Alter agreements and tax structuring, particularly in relation to SDLT. The well-regarded Bethan Owen handles acquisitions, sales, development and financing work for high-net-worth individuals and developers in prime central London and across the UK.

Practice head(s):Bethan Owen; Paul Harbour

Testimonials

'The team are great because they combine utter professionalism with a proper commercial nous.'

'Bethan Owen and Paul Harbour in particular are exceptionally able residential property lawyers who always strive to solve rather than create legal problems, while maintaining very high ethical standards, working incredibly hard and doing it all with good humour and composure.'

'Bethan Owen is accessible and provides a very tailored service.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a celebrity on the sale of his rural property.
  • Acting for a well-known TV personality on the acquisition and development of land, adding value in recommending a valuation of the land, subsequently leading to the client making a better informed decision to not proceed due to the value.
  • Acting for a world famous artist on the negotiation of a licence to alter on a super prime property in London in order to allow the implementation of a planning consent.
  • Sale of a property for a daughter of super high net worth individual with the added complexity of the client failing to obtain a new homes warranty for their new build property.
  • Acting for a client on a complex purchase of a Grade II listed building in Notting Hill, adding value by identifying a significant saving in SDLT due to the Multiple Dwellings Relief.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s immigration practice is at the forefront of EU law and Brexit work, and regularly assists companies looking to help UK-based EU staff and other individuals on residency issues arising from Brexit. Nicolas Rollason heads up the immigration team, and also jointly heads the Brexit group with employment partner Richard Fox and family lawyer Jane Keir. Fox regularly acts for corporates, professional partnerships, organisations and senior individuals on a variety of employment matters, with notable expertise in the banking, financial services, media and sport sectors.  Keir is a key contact for wealth protection work and matrimonial issues. Charlotte Bradley is also singled out for her experience in European family cases. The firm’s public law group contributes to the Brexit coverage, and the team is also able to support French speaking clients.

Practice head(s):Nicolas Rollason; Richard Fox; Jane Keir

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Bradley

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for clients on internal, criminal and regulatory investigations. In addition to extensive experience advising on matters such as fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and financial crime, the firm also regularly counsels clients on matters of reputation and crisis management. The team, which is co-led by Louise Hodges and Caroline Day, has seen some change in the last few years at partner level.  Nicola Finnerty joined as a partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, while Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO. However, Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP and Johanna Walsh leftfor Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; Caroline Day,

Other key lawyers:Nicola Finnerty; Alun Milford; Jill Lorimer; Vivien Cochrane; Edmund Smyth; Stephen Parkinson; Rebecca Niblock 

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesco PLC in relation to the SFO’s investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.
  • Instructed by a global professional services firm in relation to a private criminal prosecution against two of its staff members (and others), alleging fraud.
  • Advising a company providing withholding tax reclaim services to investment fund managers.
  • Acting for a hedge fund in a cross-border tax fraud investigation
Leading individuals

Louise Hodges - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

The reputation and media team at Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in acting for high-net-worth individuals from sports, entertainment and politics in matters of public interest. Thanks to the firm's top-notch criminal department, the team, led by Charlotte Harris , also handles a number of cases with a criminal element to them. Additionally, Harris regularly assists in matter with a politicial, religious or family law component. Associate Helen Morris is recommended for her strength in data protection law and pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Harris

Other key lawyers:Helen Morris

Testimonials

'Awesome team led by Charlotte Harris - they are clever and creative, tenacious, and always go the extra mile.'

'Charlotte Harris is extremely experienced and very well regarded. She makes herself available to clients 24/7, and is intelligent, pragmatic, and creative.'

'Helen Morris is strong in all areas. Very intelligent and has great people skills. She can master a large amount of material quickly and apply the relevant law, but she is also great with clients and witnesses, and is a strong negotiator.'

Key Clients

Rebekah Vardy

Dame Shirley Bassey

Bhanu Choudhrie

Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo

Lady Colin Campbell

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Premier League footballer Jamie Vardy, and star of “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018”.
  • Taking responsibility for all of Dame Shirley Bassey's commercial and personal affairs, ranging from contractual matters to protection of her privacy and reputation.
  • Instructed by Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by journalist Kate Maltby and Bob Quick, a former senior police officer, in part of what has become known as the Westminster sex scandal.
  • Acting for billionaire businessman and owner of C&C Alpha Group, Bhanu Choudhrie, as well as family members, in a number of areas.
  • Advising the global online food delivery business Deliveroo in relation to reputation matters.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's sports team acts for football and Formula 1 clients, handling a high volume of disputes, often involving alleged breach of contract, and privacy related matters, in addition to advising in safeguarding cases. More broadly the team has expertise on commercial contracts and immigration in relation to player transfers, recently advising a sporting league on how work permits will change if the UK leaves the EU. Practice head Sue Thackeray specialises in dispute resolution and represents a number of high profile F1 drivers in a full-service capacity.

Practice head(s):Sue Thackeray

Other key lawyers:Claire Parry; Ryan Mowatt

Testimonials

'Good judgment, experience, client care.'

'The firm has particular expertise in sports litigation which embraces the media and telecoms issues in the sector.'

'The team is able to call on individuals with a level of practical as well as legal experience so that they can cut through the legal issues to the commercial and practical matters that often resolve sporting disputes.'

'Outstanding case preparation. Client-focused at all times, tenacious and with excellent judgement.'

'Sue Thackeray is incredibly well-connected in motor sport and is able to cast a practical eye on disputes where many lawyers cannot. She is able to change gear from litigator to negotiator in an instant.'

'Ryan Mowatt has extensive experience in football related litigation, including joint venture disputes, shareholder claims and transfer disputes.'

'Claire Parry is an outstanding litigator. Experienced, sound judgement, strong client care, very thorough, excellent legal analysis.'

'Sarah Harris has skills honed as an exceptional advocate at the Bar which give her a huge advantage in her tactical approach to cases. She understands what it takes to win and delivers every time.'

Key Clients

Rebecca Vardy

Brandon Staples

Rangers Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised on privacy issues for Premier League footballer Jamie Vardy's wife Rebecca Vardy.
  • Advised on anti-doping matter for Premiership rugby union player.
  • Acting for Rangers FC in long-running litigation with Sports Direct.
  • Advised on privacy, data protection issues and international disputes for F1 driver.

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