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London: Corporate and commercial

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

Kingsley Napley LLP

A β€˜standout performer’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜corporate criminal expertise affords it greater bite in the area’. The β€˜highly intelligent and calm’ Stephen Parkinson is β€˜admired by those who lead the prosecuting authorities, from whom he obtains, as a consequence, results which appear impossible’. The β€˜very well respected’ Louise Hodges is the β€˜first choice for traders and other regulated persons who find themselves in the line of fire’. Blessed with β€˜extraordinary emotional intelligence’, Eve Giles has a true β€˜dedication to her clients’ cause’ and is also appreciated for her β€˜mastery of interview tactics’.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP provides β€˜first-rate service’ in partnership disputes, especially where there is a need for cross-disciplinary advice in regulatory and criminal law. Recently, the team has been particularly active for partners and groups of individuals, but also draws instructions from major international law firms and financial services firms. Adrian Crawford acted for the former partners of a major international professional services firm and multiple fund managers in relation to a variety of partner exits and team moves in 2016, and is especially active in matters with demanding timeframes. Andreas White acts for firms and individuals in the legal and financial services sectors, and Richard Fox is rated for β€˜generating innovative approaches to complex situations’. Regulatory expert Iain Miller joined the team from Bevan Brittan LLP and Michelle Chance joined Bond Dickinson LLP in 2016.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is a β€˜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’. Recent highlights included representing individuals in relation to allegations of war crimes, and the team also handled several dangerous driving matters and an allegation of assault arising out of the apprehension of a shoplifter. David Sleight is β€˜extremely calm, tactically astute and ferocious in support of his clients’. John Harding is also a key practitioner, and is described as β€˜a great lawyer with excellent judgement’.

Leading individuals

David Sleight - Kingsley Napley LLP

John Harding - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Edmund Smyth - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP advises a mix of claimants and defendants on the full range of civil fraud issues including breach of fiduciary duty, deceit, contempt of court and bribery and corruption. Richard Foss heads the practice, and has a notable track record in advising directors and management teams on fraud matters, and commercial litigation specialist William Christopher is recommended for contractual disputes and insolvency-related issues. Fiona Simpson is also a key practitioner, and recently represented the son of a Kazakh businessman who was facing multiple claims of fraud related to his involvement with JSC BTA Bank, successfully securing a favourable result. Confiance, Reditum Capital and Foster Care Associates are also key clients.

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 β€˜a standout firm for individual white-collar crime representations’, and the team is β€˜great to work with . Reliable, and shows excellent judgement and strategic initiative’. The group has substantial expertise in cross-border cases involving allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and insider dealing, amongst other issues, and the firm is also adept at dealing with investigations and prosecutions brought by various institutions. Practice head Stephen Parkinson is β€˜regularly entrusted with cases of the very greatest complexity and intellectual demand’, and Louise Hodges is β€˜the first choice for traders and City individuals under investigation’.

Leading individuals

Jo Rickards - Kingsley Napley LLP

Louise Hodges - Kingsley Napley LLP

Stephen Parkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

β€˜Always taken seriously by the very big players’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜litigators are very well prepared and research cases in order to put their clients in the best position.’ The conflict-free practice regularly acts on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities in claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies for negligence and breach of contract; the team has particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and misrepresentations. Representative experience includes advising on disputes involving banking instruments and facilities, and a range of complex financial products, including guarantees, letters of credit, loan agreements and facilities, derivatives, interest rate swaps and other CDOs; the group also advises on corporate investigations. Richard Foss β€˜gives excellent client care and is very proactive, creative and easy to work with’; Fiona Simpson is β€˜very measured in her approach and an extremely safe pair of hands’; and Gerard Cukier is also highly rated. Sue Thackeray, Howard Kennedy LLP’s former commercial litigation head, joined the firm; Thackeray is β€˜a commercially astute, star litigator, who is very focused on clients’ needs’.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP recently hired Howard Kennedy LLP’s former commercial litigation head, Sue Thackeray. The practice is best known for acting for entrepreneurs and business individuals, but is increasingly instructed by corporate clients to handle complex litigation. Richard Foss is practice area leader; Ryan Mowat β€˜stays one step ahead of the other side’; Fiona Simpson β€˜thinks things through very carefully’; and William Christopher is β€˜extremely quick, decisive and sensible’. Gerard Cukier is also highly rated.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜star is rising this year’ with the lateral hire of Iain Miller from Bevan Brittan LLP. The β€˜exceptionally experienced and well-respected’ team, β€˜made up of creative thinkers who will always go the extra mile’, is led by β€˜level-headed’ and β€˜approachable’ Nicola Hill. The team defends individuals and organisations and acts for regulators across such sectors as health (including mental health) and social care, legal services, education, and the financial sector. Recent work includes acting for the Health and Care Professions Council in a range of fitness to practice matters and acting for the Education and Workforce Council for Wales in all of its disciplinary cases, a range of which involved sexual relationships with student minors. Julie Norris (β€˜exceptional’, β€˜outstanding advocate’ with a β€˜phenomenal ability to handle complex material’) acted for a psychotherapist in proceedings before the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Melinka Berridge (β€˜Astute, inventive and clever’), Julie Matheson (β€˜supremely bright’ and β€˜both personable and robust’), and senior associates Jenny Higgins (β€˜extensive experience’, β€˜innovative’) and Lucy Williams (β€˜pleasure to work with’, β€˜has a real grasp of the issues in a case’) are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Iain Miller - Kingsley Napley LLP

Julie Norris - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jenny Higgins - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

The β€˜knowledgeable’ group at Kingsley Napley LLP primarily represents senior executives in high-value litigation. Clients single out group head Richard Fox, who has significant experience representing senior individuals in the banking and financial services sectors, as well as media and sport. On the employer side, Fox acts for professional partnerships, as well as corporates and not-for-profit organisations. Also recommended are Adrian Crawford, who often handles claims brought before the Employment Tribunal, EAT and High Court; and Adam Lambert, who handles boardroom disputes, TUPE, large-scale redundancies and discrimination claims. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Juliet Carp from Dorsey & Whitney. Clients include iDirect, RSM UK and the Saica Group.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s health and safety team is part of the firm’s wider criminal practice, and defends individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Key partner Jonathan Grimes has β€˜a sound knowledge’ of health and safety matters, including corporate manslaughter.

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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’s β€˜skilled and efficient’ team is β€˜personable’ and β€˜effective’, and β€˜delivers a consistently excellent level of service to clients’. It advises corporate clients including blue-chip companies, particularly in the legal, professional and financial services, media and entertainment, technology and energy industries, and also handles complex immigration cases for private individuals. Team head Nicolas Rollason has β€˜vast experience’ and advises clients on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law, with particular expertise advising businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, high-profile individuals and other high-net-worth clients. Ilda de Sousa advises large corporate clients and handles complex matters for individuals. European immigration law expert Elspeth Guild is β€˜brilliant’. Andrew Tingley is β€˜outstanding’, and advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 applications, appeals, family applications, surrogacy and other complex applications. Marcia Longdon is β€˜a star of business immigration with plenty of experience of advising corporate clients on thorny issues’, and also handles personal immigration cases. Senior associate Katie Newbury advises on all aspects of UK immigration with an emphasis on complex personal cases, and associate Conor Boyd specialises in personal and family matters. Legal counsel Gillian Brownlee is also recommended. Associates Kim Vowden, Rizwana Quazi and Stephen Hall are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Elspeth Guild - Kingsley Napley LLP

Marcia Longdon - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicolas Rollason - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katie Newbury - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Insurance

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

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is a β€˜first-class’ practice that provides a β€˜specialised’ service that is β€˜of the highest standard’. The β€˜confident and efficient’ team is β€˜extremely experienced in handling high-value and complex cases’, and works on a broad spectrum of catastrophic injury matters, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, delay in diagnosis and medical mismanagement claims. The β€˜exceptionally good’ Kate Rohde is a β€˜leading light in the field’ who is β€˜unmatched by any other solicitor’; she frequently acts for bereaved families and on behalf of profoundly injured children and adults, and is regarded for high-value catastrophic injury cases. Also recommended are the β€˜excellent’ Terrence Donovan, who heads the practice and is a β€˜leading’ specialist in maximum severity cases, including cerebral palsy, brain damage and fatal accidents; and the β€˜talented’ Richard Lodge, who is noted for brain and spinal injuries.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Kate Rohde - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Kate Rohde - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP β€˜is becoming a significant player in this area’. Team head Ryan Mowat has β€˜a huge amount of litigation experience and therefore great technical and tactical acumen’. Also well regarded are Matthew Duncan and associate Kate Salter, who β€˜is building up a fantastic reputation in this field’. The team has considerable expertise in areas such as undue influence claims, validity claims, and complex cross-border asset- and people-tracing cases, as well as professional negligence claims relating to wills and trusts. The team is defending Confiance Limited (a Guernsey-registered trust company) in a major fraud case involving offshore trusts. Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited is another key client.

Leading individuals

Ryan Mowat - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Team head Simon Hardy at Kingsley Napley LLP has β€˜a very strong background in COP work and is used to dealing with complicated cases. He is very focused on what he can do for his clients and is an excellent mediator with families’. The firm β€˜provides an excellent service to clients’, and specialises in property and affairs matters for clients who lack capacity due to catastrophic medical negligence or acquired brain injury.

Leading individuals

Simon Hardy - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has β€˜one of the best family departments in London. The firm as a whole provides a "Rolls-Royce" service, with particular expertise in cases with an international/multi-jurisdictional element’. The head of the team is the β€˜proactive’ Charlotte Bradley, who is β€˜brilliant technically and very human: clients just love her’. The β€˜tough, thorough and calm’ Jane Keir β€˜has seen it all’, and Michael Rowlands is β€˜a champion for the client – he will relentlessly pursue the best possible result for his client’. Claire Wood is β€˜extremely efficient, and excellent with financial documents’. β€˜Superstar’ Rachel Freeman recently joined the firm from Miles Preston & Co, while William Healing has joined Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP. At associate level, the β€˜very intelligent, balanced and determined’ Cady Pearce gives β€˜real practical advice’; Stacey Nevin has β€˜very good client care, a detailed knowledge of the law and good judgement when it comes to tactics’; Lauren Evans is β€˜really good with numbers and has a very relaxed manner with clients’; and Abby Buckland is β€˜one of the firm’s rising stars – she has warmth, efficiency and exceptional judgement, and clients love her’.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - Kingsley Napley LLP

Claire Wood - Kingsley Napley LLP

Jane Keir - Kingsley Napley LLP

Michael Rowlands - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lauren Evans - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s Charlotte Bradley is β€˜well known for her excellent work in mediation’, bringing β€˜warmth and a strategic approach to her cases and an exceptional grasp of the law, especially on European issues’. She advises City professionals and high-net-worth individuals, and has recently acted in a number of children mediations concerning contact and relocation.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - 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 has β€˜a long-established reputation in this area. Its service is of the highest calibre and the team provides a very personal service. It does not rush clients, which means that clients feel relaxed and can take their time to make decisions’. Jim Sawer is β€˜practical, creative and no-waffle’. Matthew Duncan is β€˜very engaging with clients and his customer service and follow-up with clients is very good’; he deals with high-level estate and succession planning with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurial clients, high-profile clients and complex family businesses. For family matters, Jane Keir is β€˜renowned for her fantastic clients skills; she is vastly knowledgeable and this she combines with superb client-handling skills’. The group has strong Middle Eastern connections and has seen an increase in referrals from private banks and accountants. It is β€˜a very impressive team’.

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London: Public sector

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

Kingsley Napley LLP

Clients are β€˜very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters. Sophie Kemp, who is β€˜very sharp’ and β€˜a delight to work with’, together with practice head Adam Chapman, Emily Carter and Caroline Day, is representing a number of Catholic institutions in relation to IICSA. Additionally, the firm has been particularly active in policing work, with a recent mandate coming from David Crompton, the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, who brought proceedings against the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner regarding a request for his resignation. Other clients include the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Ofgem. Senior associate Nick Wrightson arrived from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Iain Miller joined from Bevan Brittan LLP, and is adept in advising on regulation and ethics in the legal sector, including public law challenges to the SRA.

Leading individuals

Adam Chapman - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP continues to handle a range of development mandates for entrepreneurial investors and property companies, and recent mandates saw head of practice Paul Harbour advise Northants with regard to its 620-acre mixed-use development site in North Wellingborough. On the investment side, senior associate Daniel Moan assisted a new investment company with a number of acquisitions for its retail portfolio. The other key contact is residential specialist Bethan Owen, who is β€˜exceptionally good on conveyancing work’. Besides residential mandates, Owen is also active in the corporate occupier space. Clients include Ravensbourne Property Holdings, Baxter Properties and Harwell Campus.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜exceptionally experienced group of solicitors’ has β€˜a solid level of experience’ in all areas of corporate crime including serious fraud, reputation management, regulatory liability and compliance, and also has a strong international practice with respect to cross-border tax, MLA and extradition issues. The firm has handled a number of SFO investigations related to the financial crisis, and regularly conducts internal investigations in relation to bribery, money laundering and corruption allegations. Leading individuals include Stephen Parkinson and Louise Hodges, along with β€˜exceptional young partner’ Johanna Walsh.

Next generation lawyers

Johanna Walsh - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜energetic and fearless approach means it is never afraid of the fight no matter how long or difficult it is’. Charlotte Harris, who is β€˜a leading light in the field and one of the best of her generation’ and β€˜a clever and subtle operator with an excellent knowledge of the field’, and Gerard Cukier, who is β€˜an incredibly wise and experienced individual, who is honourable, reliable and trustworthy’, jointly head the team. In a recent highlight, Harris acted for Katie Hopkins in a defamation claim brought against her by food blogger Jack Monroe relating to alleged defamatory tweets. Other key practitioners include Ryan Mowat, who regularly acts for clients in the media, sport and entertainment sectors, and Sue Thackeray, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP.

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