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Stephen Parkinson

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal litigation; regulatory and professional discipline.


Stephen is the senior partner of Kingsley Napley. He specialises in criminal, regulatory and police law. Represented No 10 and Cabinet office witnesses in Hutton Inquiry, a significant witness in the Iraq Inquiry and Sir Ian Blair in The Stockwell Two Inquiry. Previously deputy head of Attorney General’s Office.


Qualified 2005; legal adviser to Companies Investigation, Branches 1992-97; head of chancery group, Treasury Solicitors Department 1997-99; deputy head Attorney General’s Office 1999-2003; partner Kingsley Napley 2005; head of criminal department Kingsley Napley 2006. Publications include: ‘Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings’ (2009), co-written with David Corker; ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’ 2015.


Chippenham School; University College London.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

'Excellent at handling work on behalf of individuals', Kingsley Napley LLP is particularly strong at handling white-collar criminal matters where there is an overlap with financial regulation. 'Excellent' team head Louise Hodges has a well-deserved reputation for defending individuals in market abuse cases and has recently represented LIBOR and FX. The arrival in May 2017 of senior associate Joanne Stephens from Northern Trust Corporation adds further firepower on the criminal front, particularly in relation to handling insider dealing and market abuse cases in light of her previous exposure to such cases on the prosecution side during her tenure at the enforcement division of the FCA. Eve Giles and Stephen Parkinson are also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

The ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô team at¬†Kingsley Napley LLP¬†is ‚Äėefficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases‚Äô. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element. The ‚Äėhardworking‚Äô John Harding¬†leads the general crime team¬†alongside the ‚Äėtenacious‚Äô David Sleight¬†and Sandra Paul¬†who is ‚Äėhead and shoulders above any other criminal defence practitioner in London‚Äô. Stephen Parkinson¬†was promoted to senior partner, Johanna Walsh¬†and Rebecca Niblock¬†were promoted to partner. Senior associate Edmund Smyth¬†is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Parkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Kingsley Napley LLP¬†advises corporate clients on bribery offences, pre-bribery act corruption allegations, serious fraud, money laundering and regulatory breaches. The firm continues to act for Tesco in relation to alleged accounting irregularities discovered in an SFO investigation, this case is worth ¬£250m. Stephen Parkinson¬†was promoted to senior partner, Louise Hodges¬†now heads the team as the criminal practice area leader, she is ‚Äėat the very top of the tree‚Äô in this field. Johanna Walsh¬†¬†was promoted to partner, as was Rebecca Niblock¬†who is ‚Äėhugely respected by colleagues, due in large measure to her unerring ability to out-tactician her opponents‚Äô. Eve Giles¬†left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP.

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