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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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
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 Anita Gill  photo Anita Gill
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 Marcia Longdon  photo Marcia Longdon
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 Stephen Parkinson  photo Stephen Parkinson
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 Julie Norris  photo Julie Norris
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 Emily Carter  photo Emily Carter
 Richard Lodge  photo Richard Lodge
 Fiona Simpson  photo Fiona Simpson
 Julie Matheson  photo Julie Matheson
 Charlotte Harris  photo Charlotte Harris
 Louise Hodges  photo Louise Hodges
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 Nick Wrightson  photo Nick Wrightson
 Charlotte Bradley  photo Charlotte Bradley
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 Lauren Evans  photo Lauren Evans
 Rachel Freeman  photo Rachel Freeman
 Jane Keir  photo Jane Keir
 Connie Atkinson  photo Connie Atkinson
 Adam Lambert  photo Adam Lambert
 Adrian Crawford  photo Adrian Crawford
 Richard M Fox  photo Richard M Fox
 Andreas White  photo Andreas White
 William Christopher  photo William Christopher
 Sue Thackeray  photo Sue Thackeray
 Iain Miller  photo Iain Miller
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 Bethan Owen  photo Bethan Owen
 Ryan Mowat  photo Ryan Mowat
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Number of UK partners : 51
Number of other UK fee-earners : 168
Kingsley Napley LLP
Several respondents applied for Kingsley Napley's training contract after working at the firm as paralegals and 'knew that it was a different type of law firm' instantly. From day one, trainees felt 'at home' in a firm that 'promotes inclusivity and respect at all levels'. Kingsley Napley has a stellar reputation in criminal law, and 'came out on top by miles' in comparison to other firms with similar specialisms. It is felt that KN offers 'a much higher level of client contact than similar-sized firms', and is 'more supportive of non-billable time'. Another draw is that 'the partners are very approachable and there's no sense of hierarchy'. It comes as no surprise then that 'the people and friendly culture' were praised by all respondents. One of the most common complaints was that the 'IT systems and support are a nightmare', yet applicants acknowledged that these issues are currently being worked on. Best moments relate to the work trainees have done on 'some really exciting cases', such as 'preparing for and attending a successful mediation', with many happy about the level of client contact and exposure they received. Being 'highly involved' in cases and witnessing 'client satisfaction' were also commended, and trainees were proud of 'receiving really good feedback from their supervisors'. Predictably, making mistakes were recruits' least favourite moments. But many were grateful for the 'constructive feedback' partners had given them afterwards. If you're looking for a 'great workplace culture in a good-sized firm', then apply to Kingsley Napley.