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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Administrative and public law Tier 1

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.


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

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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.


‘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.’

‘Senior associate Laura Sylvester is down to earth and builds great relationships. It is clear clients value her input and trust her. She is an excellent all-round claimant clinical negligence solicitor.’

‘Laura Sylvester is one of the most measured clinical negligence solicitors in the sector. She has a very practical approach and is, I think, effective. If I had a clinical negligence case she would be on my short list of solicitors to instruct.’

‘The clinical negligence team has unrivaled experience coupled with excellent people skills. Client care is a priority. In my judgment, the service provided is of the first rank. In terms of comparison with Leigh Day; Field Fisher; Irwin Mitchell and Slater & Gordon – they are their equals. Their technical abilities are unquestioned and in my experience, each claim receives the full scope of analysis and work up with no point overlooked. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team to any family member or friend who required the best advice in this area of practice’.

‘The partners Terence Donovan, Kate Rohde and Richard Lodge are excellent leaders and lawyers of exceptional caliber. I have been instructed by each of them and the insight and commitment is inspiring. They stand comparison with any other lawyers practicing in this field. As to the associates Suzanne Farg demonstrates outstanding attention to detail and the ability to take forward the most complex of claims. Punam Sood has great empathy with clients and penetrating litigation instincts’.

Crime: general Tier 1

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.


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‘.

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

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.


‘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.’

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

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.


‘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’.

‘Jonathan Grimes is utterly exceptional’.

‘Jonathan Grimes’ careful and passionate attention to his clients has made him, slowly but surely, one of the most admired operators in the field. His particular interest in international crime has inspired a huge growth in this area of work within the firm. This requires an unusually keen legal mind and a great deal of patience: he has both, and in large measure.’

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


Key clients

Alexander Nix

James Garthwaite

Professional discipline Tier 1

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 HigginsShannett Thompson and Hannah Eales. Sarah Harris was promoted to partner and Jessica Clay joined in July 2019 from the SRA.


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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

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.


‘A team of strong and capable lawyers with clear focus on achieving the best outcome for the client. This firm gives many of the bigger firms a run for their money and is quietly picking up a lot of the top work.’

‘Kingsley Napley proved to be a safe pair of hands; they took full control of a complex and contentious situation with a clear strong support team network behind them. We had the full confidence of a strong professional team that would be able to get us the outcome that we very much needed. They proved to be incredibly good value for money and were always clearly aware of minimising costs compared to other firms of solicitors who have not been so well focused on costs.’

‘I completely trust the company and the individuals who we dealt with. It is also an organisation who you would prefer to have acting for you than against as their team knowledge thoughout the firm and cooperation is outstanding.’

‘They are particularly tenacious and focused on identifying and delivering the client’s needs and true goals.’

‘This team is a class act.  It is very cohesive and punches well above its weight in terms of the size of the firm. It is clearly a very happy team.  It sets a wonderful example of a firm which has a high quota of female associates, and it holds on to them.’

‘Ryan Mowat has a huge amount of litigation experience and therefore great technical and tactical acumen.’

‘Katherine Pymont is a terrific lawyer.’

‘Kate Salter is building up a fantastic reputation in the field.’

‘Ryan Mowat has star quality. His attention to detail is exceptional, and he provides fantastic quality of service to his clients. He is unflappable, wise and utterly reliable.’

‘Katherine Pymont and Kate Salter are both terrific, and display excellent judgement.’

‘Ryan Mowat is a highly capable partner with strong tactical instincts and a thorough legal grounding.’

‘Katherine Pymont would be the backbone of any litigation team and is a standout organiser. Always goes the extra mile.’

‘Ryan Mowat had a very clear approach to our case and ensured that the best outcome would be achieved, always taking into account costs. We felt we had true professionalism behind us at all times and a very strong mind for looking at things strategically whilst keeping clear the risks of each approach.  He was extremely personable and I think his dealings with the other party in his approach, persona and respect got us the outcome we wanted.’

‘Ryan Mowat is really tenacious and committed. He is exceptionally bright and resourceful.’

‘Ryan Mowat has become a leading light in this area, attracting some high profile cases. He is always practical and keen to secure the best result for his client. He does not get bogged down with squabbles with the other side.’

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

Family Tier 2

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.


‘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‘.

Family: mediation Tier 2

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.


‘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.’

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

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.

Brexit Tier 3

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.

Court of protection Tier 3

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.


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‘.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

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.


‘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.’

Fraud: civil Tier 3

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.


‘The team has a good mix of intellectual and commercial capability, knowing when to push hard and when to step back and take a longer term view of matters.  Faced with an apparently intractable problem, they manage to achieve solutions that work for the client and ensure that continual delays sought by an opponent in an effort to grind their clients down are not countenanced, rather are effectively blocked’.

‘William Christopher (Partner) – appropriately aggressive, not standing for nonsense from opponents, but never overstepping the mark.  Excellent at managing his own clients and their expectations, so that they know what is achievable, which he then delivers with complete confidence.  Builds the right team for a case and ensures the right person in the team (both solicitors and counsel) is deployed on the right task’.

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

Health and safety Tier 3

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 'tenaciousJonathan 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.


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)

Partnership Tier 3

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.


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.

Residential property Tier 3

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.


‘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.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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.


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.’

Reputation management Tier 4

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.


‘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

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

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.


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

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

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.

Key clients

Madiyar Ablyazov

Commercial litigation Tier 5

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.


‘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

Employment: employers Tier 5

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.


‘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


Health and Care Professions Council

Augustus Martin

Lime FMS

Chief Police Officers Staff Association

Whitehouse Post Productions

Professional negligence Tier 6

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.


‘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.’

Sport Tier 6

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.


‘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


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.


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.

The firm: An astute, diverse firm of lawyers working for private clients, businesses and government, nationally and internationally. The firm is highly regarded – and often recommended – by other lawyers and is known for combining creative solutions with legal excellence and commercial pragmatism.

The firm is also renowned for its integrity and experience in dealing with complex, often high-profile and varied matters. Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in clinical negligence, corporate and commercial work, criminal litigation, regulatory, deputyship, dispute resolution, employment, family, immigration, private client, professional discipline, public law and real estate.

Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in dealing with matters of particular complexity and difficulty in all branches of the law. The client base is wide and varied, and includes regulatory bodies, local authorities and government bodies, as well as large public companies, owner-managed businesses and individuals, many of whom are in the public eye.

Types of work undertaken: Clinical negligence and personal injury: expertise in the management of all forms of serious personal injury claims, including those arising out of medical negligence in the NHS, as well as the private medical sector. Particular interest in providing advice and assistance in relation to inquests and to complaints procedures. A range of funding options is available.

Corporate and commercial: provides advice on a wide range of business issues, including joint ventures, corporate finance, taxation, flotations, rights issues, information technology law, takeovers, insolvency and liquidation, and partnerships.

Criminal litigation: a broad spectrum of expertise including all criminal investigations (general crime and fraud), particularly FCA and regulatory criminal investigations, bribery and corruption, corporate manslaughter, health and safety, extradition, export controls and sanctions. The department is internationally recognised for advising on extradition matters, serious crime and working on complex City cases.

Deputyship: the team works closely with the clinical negligence and personal injury team in offering a specialist yet comprehensive service for and on behalf of individuals who lack mental capacity to handle their own financial affairs or make decisions regarding their own welfare.

Dispute resolution: work encompasses commercial and civil litigation, professional negligence, property disputes, landlord and tenant, probate disputes and defamation. There is particular experience in asset tracing investigations and civil fraud, company directors’ disqualification and contentious trusts and probate work.

Employment: the team handles contentious and non-contentious employment law issues for companies, partnerships and senior employees. It also advises on global mobility and employment law.

Family and divorce: all aspects of family and matrimonial work including international issues are undertaken in connection with separation and divorce, both in the context of married and unmarried relationships, civil partnerships, financial settlements and proceedings, prenuptial contracts and children matters – ranging from issues involving custody and child abduction to surrogacy.

Immigration: a highly personalised specialist immigration service is provided to both corporate clients and individuals, advising on all aspects of UK and EU immigration and nationality issues. The team specialises in complex applications and is well known for lobbying policy makers to promote clients’ best interests.

Private client: provides advice on UK tax planning for international and UK clients, trusts, wills, the administration of estates, receivership, lasting powers of attorney and tax planning. The team also has a dedicated court of protection (deputyship) service.

Public law: Kingsley Napley is one of a very small number of firms that has a dedicated public law team. The team advises individuals, businesses and public bodies on all public law issues including judicial review, public inquiries and inquests, information law and public procurement litigation.

Real estate: all aspects of conveyancing and property-related structured financing transactions of commercial freehold and leasehold property undertaken, together with residential property work. The team also handles real estate disputes.

Regulatory and professional discipline: a large, expanding team of expert lawyers who act for individuals, businesses, and public and regulatory bodies in all matters concerning regulation and professional discipline. The team currently prosecutes on behalf of regulators in the healthcare, security and education sectors, and undertakes defence work on behalf of regulated professionals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Stephen Parkinson
Managing partner Linda Woolley
Clinical negligence Terrence Donovan
Corporate and commercial James Fulforth
Criminal litigation Louise Hodges
Dispute resolution Richard Foss
Employment Richard Fox
Family and divorce Charlotte Bradley
Immigration Nicholas Rollason
Private client James Ward
Public law Adam Chapman
Real estate Paul Harbour
Regulatory and professional discipline Nicola Hill
Photo Name Position Profile
 Connie Atkinson  photo Connie Atkinson
 Charlotte Bradley  photo Charlotte Bradley
 Emily Carter  photo Emily Carter
 William Christopher  photo William Christopher
 Adrian Crawford  photo Adrian Crawford
 Ilda De Sousa  photo Ilda De Sousa
 Lauren Evans  photo Lauren Evans
 Sital Fontenelle  photo Sital Fontenelle
 Richard Foss  photo Richard Foss
 Richard M Fox  photo Richard M Fox
 Rachel Freeman  photo Rachel Freeman
 Anita Gill  photo Anita Gill
Prof Elspeth Guild  photo Prof Elspeth Guild
 Paul Harbour  photo Paul Harbour
 Simon Hardy  photo Simon Hardy
 Louise Hodges  photo Louise Hodges
 Jane Keir  photo Jane Keir
 Sophie Kemp  photo Sophie Kemp
 Adam Lambert  photo Adam Lambert
 Marcia Longdon  photo Marcia Longdon
 Iain Miller  photo Iain Miller
 Ryan Mowat  photo Ryan Mowat
 Bethan Owen  photo Bethan Owen
 Stephen Parkinson  photo Stephen Parkinson
 Nicolas Rollason  photo Nicolas Rollason
 Jim Sawer  photo Jim Sawer
 Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu  photo Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu
 Sue Thackeray  photo Sue Thackeray
 James Ward  photo James Ward
 Andreas White  photo Andreas White
 Nick Wrightson  photo Nick Wrightson
Number of UK partners : 51
Number of other UK fee-earners : 168