Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP
20 Bonhill Street
London
EC2A 4DN
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP‘s ‘Premier League practice‘ advises high-profile UK and international clients on the full spectrum of serious and general crime, including murder, sexual offences, and terrorism. The department is co-led by Louise Hodges, who leads criminal litigation, and serious and general crime co-heads, the ‘simply amazingSandra Paul and ‘top of his game’ David Sleight. Paul is particularly active on highly publicised sexual offences for prominent individuals, with additional expertise representing youths and young adults, while Sleight acts from the police station onward for celebrities, sports stars and senior executives. Rebecca Niblock has expertise in extradition, and has defended individuals requested by other states in proceedings at all levels from the Magistrates’ to the Supreme Court. Ed Smyth has a specialism in pre-charge advice and representation, including with high profile cases at risk of attracting media attention. Associate Matthew Hardcastle is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges; Sandra Paul; David Sleight

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Niblock; Aaron Watkins; Matthew Hardcastle; Edmund Smyth

Testimonials

‘They are the real deal, with real in-depth backgrounds in criminal law, with an embedded culture of teamwork. They are not tied or restricted by hierarchy. Their attention to detail is like nothing you have ever seen. Their tactical awareness and ability to go the extra mile is outstanding.’

‘Sandra Paul is super intelligent; sensitive yet relentless in pursuit of the client objective.’

‘Sandra Paul – simply amazing. Great lawyer with amazing judgement – she is the whole package.’

‘I think the best thing I can say “They gave me my life back again.”’

‘The individuals and team(s) at Kingsley Napley are some of the kindest, smartest, and most devoted professionals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.’

‘This firm is the premier league practice for private criminal law. They have a wide client base, specialising in sexual offences. They are unique in their exceptional client care and case preparation.’

‘David Sleight – right at the top of his game. A good lawyer and a very good strategist. He is very straightforward and easy to get on with.’

‘The best crime team in London as far as I am concerned. ‘

Work highlights

  • Represented Lady Lavinia Nourse, who was charged following an allegation of historic sexual assault. She was acquitted at trial.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

A very strong team at all levels‘, Kingsley Napley LLP has a hugely successful record in representing individuals in complex, often cross-border white collar cases, offering specialist criminal law expertise throughout the firm in cases relating to bribery and corruption, tax and corporate fraud, insider trading, cartels, and sanctions breaches, among others. The firm also has notable multijurisdictional expertise, regularly handling major SFO, FCA, and US DOJ cases involving defendants in a number of jurisdictions, as well as extradition issues. The senior team is led by the ‘formidableLouise Hodges, and also features experienced practitioners such as Stephen Parkinson, Nicola Finnerty, investigations specialist Caroline Day, and former SFO General Counsel Alun Milford. Formerly a practitioner at the Bar, Aaron Watkins brings significant advocacy expertise, while Jill Lorimer and Jonathan Grimes are noted for their financial services sector and broad financial crime expertise respectively. Rebecca Niblock remains active in major domestic and cross-border investigations on behalf of individual clients, and senior associate Sophie Wood has a growing reputation for serious fraud cases, including notable expertise in POCA and extradition issues, including INTERPOL Red Notices.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges

Testimonials

‘Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her.’

‘David Sleight is a powerhouse of energy and dedication. He’s a great lawyer and strategist and extremely persuasive. A combination that time after time secures the best results for his clients. Caroline is clever, efficient and diligent, with excellent judgment and attention to detail.’

‘This is a wonderful firm with committed individuals who are imaginative and professional in everything they do.’

‘Jonathan Grimes is superb.’

‘A very strong team at all levels- they are in the top tier.’

‘Louise Hodges leads the team in all senses- she knows the market inside out and understands the nuances of dealing with fraud cases.’

‘Well resourced and intelligent approach to white collar work.’

‘Real range of talent and think no aspect of fraud in which they do not have expertise. Particularly welcome its female heavy make up.’

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP acts in complex cases across all regulated sectors, and has longstanding experience in working with large UK regulators. Regulatory practice head Nicola Hillruns a really tight ship‘; Julie Norris advises law firms, solicitors and barristers on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions; Julie Matheson heads up the accountancy regulation practice; Iain Millerhas a wealth of knowledge and experience‘; and Melinka Berridge has leisure and hospitality, built environment and charity sector expertise. Also key to the team, Shannett Thompsonstands out‘; Hannah Eales is a fire safety law specialist; Sarah Harris assists regulators with designing regulatory frameworks; and Jessica Clay (a partner since May 2022) is a legal services regulation expert. Within the senior associate pool, Charlotte Judd advises solicitors and law firms, defends accountants and accountancy firms, and assists regulators and public bodies; and Sarah Atkinson prepares fitness to practise cases for regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Hill

Testimonials

‘A brilliant team at all levels. Excellent lawyers and strategists, and totally committed to their clients. They are my first choice when asked to recommend solicitors.’

‘Really professional. Do what they say they will do.’

‘Always so happy to help, provide input and assist with the problem. The lawyers approach matters with a can-do attitude, and bring solutions to the table using their wealth of knowledge of professional regulation.’

‘Nicola Hill runs a really tight ship. Nothing is too much trouble – extremely client focused.’

‘Julie Matheson is exceptional in the area of professional discipline. As with all the KN partners I have dealt with, she is an excellent lawyer and strategist, and is 100% committed to her clients and achieving the best result for them.’

Iain Miller has a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also understands the limitations and risks a small regulator is exposed to. He talks things through with us as a client in a clear and helpful way.

‘Shannett Thompson stands out for me. She is absolutely phenomenal with clients, knows it all, and is sensible. Clients listen to her, and she makes sure she gets them the best result she can.’

‘Senior associate Sophie Bolzonello always wants to assist. She is responsive and innovative in coming up with ideas.’

Key clients

Education Workforce Council (EWC)

Architects’ Registration Board (ARB)

Employment > Immigration

At Kingsley Napley LLP, prominent partner Nicolas Rollason heads a sizeable team of ‘very knowledgeable‘ lawyers, including multiple ‘trusted market leaders on immigration matters‘. Private client experience includes EU Settlement Scheme applications, overstays and appeals, and cases relating to international surrogacy, while core business clients include those in the financial services, technology, media and entertainment, and sports industries, to which the firm provides advice on matters ranging from inward investment and restructures to compliance work. The ‘superbKatie Newbury heads up the private client offering, in addition to her work alongside the criminal team on asylum and extradition matters. Elspeth Guild focuses on EU matters, while other key partners include Ilda De Sousa, Marcia Longdon, and Kim Vowden, who was promoted to partner in May 2022. Associate Oliver Oldman is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kingsley Napley offers a Rolls Royce service to clients, seamlessly taking them from the beginning of a case through to conclusion with reference to counsel where necessary. They are quickly responsive to queries, on top of changes to the law, and have an impressive commitment to those cases which are legally complex.’

‘They are commercially savvy, on top of the law, committed to clients and on top of the technology to assist delivery of an excellent service.’

‘Incredibly pragmatic and responsive, very knowledgeable and willing to help.’

‘Trusted market leaders on immigration matters.’

‘Very knowledgeable attorneys in the immigration practice section. Diligent and prompt. The two partners I’ve deal with, Nicolas Rollason and Katie Newbury, are outstanding and very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Katie Newbury is superb: calm, helpful and astute.’

‘Katie Newbury – I have worked with Katie for years and she is incredibly knowledgeable and diligent in her work, a joy to work with.’

‘Oliver Oldman: he is relatively new to the firm, he is very on top of the law and committed to his cases. He is likely to go far.’

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Combining criminal and regulatory expertise, Kingsley Napley LLP is a go-to firm for whistleblowing and discrimination matters in the banking, financial services and insurance sectors. The firm has particular expertise in race and sex discrimination cases for senior executives, as well as providing experience across a range of reputation management issues. The team is recommended for putting ‘good expertise into practice well, and a very good client focused approach’. Corinne Aldridge spearheads the department and advises employers and senior executives, running the gamut of employment-related issues, notably discrimination cases. Key names in the team include Richard Fox, Nick Ralph, Andreas White and senior associates Moira Campbell, Andy Norris and Natasha Forman, whose ‘pragmatism is second to none’.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge

Testimonials

‘In the league in which Kingsley Napley compete, an expert team is a given. To my mind what makes them unique is their common sense and sense of humanity about litigation.’

‘Senior associate Natasha Forman is a superb asset in the Kingsley Napley employment team. Her pragmatism is second to none.’

‘My personal experience is that they have been very responsive, there has been senior input throughout the process and my interaction with the executives has been done on an open and frank basis.’

‘My interaction with the individuals was good with senior input at all times. Even though the issues at stake were serious, we had fun and saw the lighter side of things, which helped me through the long stressful process.’

‘Mark McWilliams was excellent.’

‘The individuals and team(s) at Kingsley Napley are some of the kindest, smartest, and most devoted professionals that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Suffice it to say that my case was fairly “complex”, so the phenomenal cohesiveness and communication between several departments/solicitors at the firm was of huge benefit – not only because it was extremely effective, but it also saved me the cognitive and emotional burden of reiterating things to many different touch-points.’

‘I have used Kingsley Napley LLP for my personal employment matters when joining and leaving high profile PLC and Private Equity roles. I have been immensely impressed with their knowledge and service. At these sensitive times I have felt comforted and reassured that they have my best interests at heart. I deal with one partner who has a knowledgeable team around them, and can pull in specialist resources when needed. They have responded to my inevitably short deadlines without delay and have impressed my employers with their professionalism and knowledge.’

‘I have worked with Andreas White for over six years and I thoroughly trust his advice on my employment matters. I trust him emphatically and would recommend him unreservedly. It cannot be easy to manage client expectations in this particular space but he has always done so, and I feel he has always exceeded my expectations when the matter is concluded.’

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP draws on its ‘extensive history in reputational protection for companies and individuals‘ to field a team which is much lauded for defending commercial judicial review litigation; the firm’s track record includes acting on cases concerning matters as diverse as environmental and social governance, the taxation of political donations and gender issues. ‘Doyen of public law solicitorsAdam Chapman continues to provide guidance to the group, which is now headed up by ‘trusted advisorSophie Kemp. In May 2021, ‘superstar in the makingNick Wrightson was promoted to partner, further deepening the bench of recommended advisors at this level.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Kemp

Other key lawyers:

Adam Chapman; Nick Wrightson; Emily Carter; Stephen Parkinson; Nick De Mulder

Testimonials

‘Kingsley Napley have a regulatory and public law team which is unrivalled in depth and public law experience.’

‘Adam Chapman is a doyen of public law solicitors. He has immense experience of Government which he has transferred to private practice, building a superb team in his own image.’

‘Impressive versatility to deal with all manner of public law work, particularly touching on commercial interests. KN draws in this on its extensive history in reputational protection for companies and individuals. For the quality of the work it produces, its rates are great value for money.’

‘The stand out partner is Nick Wrightson. A superstar in the making. Great diligence and intellect with careful client skills.’

‘Sophie Kemp and Nick De Mulder are both well-informed, enthusiastic and engaged.’

‘The public law team at KN are exceptional. They are clever, pragmatic, reassuring and approachable.’

‘Sophie Kemp is a trusted advisor. Her advice is tailored to her clients’ needs and is always first rate. She is supportive, approachable and a delight to work with. You feel confident with her in your corner.’

‘Nick Wrightson is extremely intelligent. Deeply committed to clients, who love him. A pleasure to deal with, including in long, difficult, high-pressure cases, at which he excels.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Payment Systems Regulator

The Labour Party

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

18 former employees of the London Fire Brigade

Clandeboye Agencies Limited

Arron Banks

Roman Catholic Church organisations

Free Speech Union

Dr David Bell

The International Commission of Jurists and the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

Work highlights

  • Represented the University of Cambridge in all aspects of its central role in two high profile jury inquests relating to the terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall.
  • Commissioned and helped conduct an Independent Review at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors into allegations that the organisation had tried to suppress a critical internal report into its finances.
  • Defended the Payment Systems Regulator, the economic regulator for the payment systems industry in the UK, in the first claim for judicial review ever brought against it.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for a range of professional services firms – especially LLPs, and individual partners; notably lawyers and accountants, as well as those in the financial services sector (including private equity, asset management and hedge funds). The team is also well noted for its experience in dealing with various regulatory bodies; Iain Miller  routinely advises regulated partnerships, particularly global law firms on SRA regulations and investigations. Adrian Crawford  has wide experience of all areas of contentious partnership law including High Court litigation and arbitrations. The team also advises on related discrimination and whistleblowing claims and contentious team moves. Corinne Aldridge  inspires ‘absolute confidence‘ in her handling of both contentious and non-contentious cases involving areas such as team moves, post termination restrictions and discrimination. Nick Ralph is also noted for his ability to advise on a range of workplace disputes in the context of partnership law while Jessica Clay, who was made a partner in May 2022 continues to build her burgeoning partnership practice.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller

Other key lawyers:

Corinne Aldridge; Richard Fox; Nick Ralph; Jessica Clay; Nikola Southern

Testimonials

‘Nick Ralph – responsive, empathetic given a challenging situation, explained his advice based on options, responded quickly to email questions, mostly stuck to timelines promised.’

I have referred many colleagues and friends to Corrine over more than a decade for a wide variety of matters, and the feedback has been stellar in every instance. She is truly committed to putting her clients’ interests first, and is extraordinarily deft at balancing empathy for the client and their circumstances with realism about the cost/benefit of their potential claims. I have absolute confidence in Corinne’s advice and she is always my first call and number one recommendation for handling employment claims.

‘Nikola Southern was amazing. She understood the issues quickly, gave clear advice which was practical and easy to understand. I felt very much that I was in the best pair of hands for the unpleasant situation I was in. I felt that the support and empathy Niki had helped me was very much appreciated.’

‘They are knowledgeable about both the law regarding the regulation of solicitors and the practice of the SRA – clearly very experienced in their dealings with the regulator (including individuals who have worked there). They worked extremely well with Counsel when instructed. Displayed a sensible approach to billing and above all showed they had my interests at heart and gave considerable reassurance about the strength of my case.’

‘Iain Miller was superb and ably supported by Jessica Clay (now a partner).’

‘The team has exceptional lawyers at every level and they all show total commitment to their clients, always going above and beyond for them. It is a truly collaborative experience when working with them and, together with their personable style, this makes it a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience to work with them. They are my number one choice when asked to recommend solicitors.’

‘Melinka Berridge is in a league of her own. Not only does she have a first-class legal mind but she is a brilliant strategist and is hardworking and totally committed to the best outcome for her clients. She is also an absolute joy to work with – bringing a unique and positive energy to even the most taxing of situations. , Hannah Eales is also an absolutely brilliant lawyer and strategist. She is completely dependable, sensible and thorough and has a calm approach to matters, which is a huge asset when working alongside her in difficult situations. She is totally committed to her clients.

Julie Matheson is exceptional in the area of professional discipline. As with all t he KN partners I have dealt with, she is an excellent lawyer and strategist and is 100% committed to her clients and achieving the best result for them. She is also an absolute joy to work with.’

Work highlights

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP is noted for ‘having strength in depth and a diverse team of civil fraud practitioners with a highly-regarded criminal team to complement its civil offering‘. Its client roster includes foreign governments, banks and office holders, as well as offshore trustees, and the team is often instructed in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud disputes and asset tracing and recovery issues. Practice head Richard Foss acts for a number of commercial clients against various financial institutions. William Christopher is well positioned to assist in investigations, and Sue Thackeray gets praise for being ‘an ultimate professional and innovative’. Mary Young knows property hijack cases and crypto-asset matters well.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Foss

    Other key lawyers:

    William Christopher; Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan

    Testimonials

    ‘The team truly care about the client. Nothing is taken at face value. They are realistic, direct and fight your corner like lions. When you doubt yourself, they support. When you over extend, they pull you back. They are the ultimate professionals.’

    ‘The team is big and diverse. They really do have decades of experience between them.’

    ‘They have strength in depth and a diverse team of civil fraud practitioners with a highly-regarded criminal team to complement their civil offering.’

    ‘Sue Thackeray sees around corners. She never lets ego get in her way. She is the ultimate professional. She knows her law better than anyone in my experience. Most of all, she is innovative.’

    ‘Sue Thakeray, William Christopher, Mary Young and Fiona Simpson are all highly regarded civil fraud practitioners.’

    ‘Mary Young is highly intelligent.’

    ‘Very smart and astute team. So down to earth and incredibly focused on the client relationship and objectives. Absolutely pleasure to work with magnetic Mary Young and Sue Thackery. There is no messing around, they get to the point exceeding quickly.’

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP made a key hire in 2021 with the addition of the highly regarded and hugely experienced Craig Baylis, who previously led the licensing team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. With a wealth of experience advising clients across the alcohol, hospitality, and entertainment industries, including gambling and regulatory expertise, Baylis is notable for his success rate with complex licenses in High Impact Areas.

    Practice head(s):

    Craig Baylis

    Key clients

    Great Western Developments Ltd

    Gorillas Technologies UK Ltd

    Hippodrome Casino Ltd

    Blanc Brasseries Ltd

    Fulham FC

    Chokdee Ltd

    Rosa’s London Ltd

    Corbin & King Restaurants Ltd

    Oakman Inns Ltd

    Mildreds Restaurants Ltd

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

    Routinely attracting big-ticket corporate and commercial litigation, Kingsley Napley LLP is able to leverage the firm's widely respected criminal law and media/reputation management expertise. Other key areas are civil fraud, contentious insolvency, banking and trusts; and the practice's clients include listed companies, professional football clubs, casino operators and trustees in bankruptcy, along with offshore trust companies, Middle Eastern banks, Formula 1 companies, HNW individuals, and high-profile entrepreneurs. Team head Richard Foss consistently acts for directors and management teams in civil litigation; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the finest commercial litigators currently in practice"; Sue Thackeray is a specialist in complex cross-border actions;  William Christopher focuses on civil fraud-related commercial litigation; and Fiona Simpson represents companies and directors in relation to frauds and breaches of duty committed by company directors. Also key to the group are Mary Young, who 'can pluck fantastic settlements out of thin air'; and insolvency-related litigation expert Michael Mulligan.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Foss

    Testimonials

    ‘The team always offers the right service for the piece of litigation concerned, whether it is a nine-figure fraud dispute or a six-figure case for a private client. It has a broad range of expertise, covering the full range of commercial litigation (domestic and international), and I have been particularly impressed by the team’s careful planning of cases from the start, which inspires confidence in clients.’

    ‘Richard Foss covers a broad range of cases, providing more than the usual level of direct input as the supervising partner; and he is excellent at strategic legal thinking and client care.’

    ‘Richard Foss is the lead partner in commercial litigation – he is fantastic with clients and pulls them in.

    ‘Ryan Mowat is one of the finest commercial litigators currently in practice – combining technical legal knowledge with an impeccable litigator’s instinct, client-handling skills, and negotiating nouse.’

    ‘Fiona Simpson is a seasoned commercial litigator, with particular capabilities in civil fraud. She always has a complete grasp of a case, and has a sharp focus on the client’s objectives.’

    ‘The support of Fiona Simpson was great and the empathy was appreciated. Fiona Simpson is commercially astute, tough, an excellent lawyer, and possesses great litigation judgment.

    ‘Will Christopher is hugely insightful, and great at mastering the right strategy.

    Mary Young is very good at playing the long game on cases. Never gives up and can pluck fantastic settlements out of thin air.

    Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 2

    The ‘exceptionally good’ practice at City firm Kingsley Napley LLP is led by the ‘tenacious, technically knowledgeable and very helpfulMichael Tyler, who is ‘a superb team leader’ and ‘a safe pair of hands’. The group is active across a broad range of proceedings with expertise in acting in reputation management, private client, family and criminal matters for a client base of individuals and entrepreneurs; the team has recently handled the costs aspects of the high-profile Vardy vs Rooney libel trial.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Tyler

    Other key lawyers:

    Dale Gibbons; Charlotte Boswell-Tym; Holly Shaw; Daphne Pui Wai

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are efficient and professional and always a pleasure to deal with. Michael Tyler is a popular and talented leader.’

    ‘Very good technically with a team with broad strengths.’

    ‘Michael Tyler is pragmatic and wise, he is always happy to help in pressurised situations.’

    ‘The Kingsley Napley costs team is excellent and provides the highest level of service. It is extremely knowledgeable and very ably led by the head of its team, Michael Tyler.’

    ‘The team has real insight into litigation and Michael Tyler knows his stuff inside out. They are very close knit and incredibly efficient, turning work round quickly and working hard to do so. They also go above and beyond to be helpful and answer questions. They have a good awareness of strategy. They have become our ‘go-to’ costs team.’

    ‘Michael Taylor and Holly Shaw are two of the stand our individuals in the team. As a client, I find that Holly is an excellent point of contact and is always available and responsive to queries and deadlines.’

    ‘Michael Tyler and Dale Gibbons are at the top of their game. Exceptionally responsive, they grasp the bigger picture and make the complex world of costs seem simple.’

    ‘Michael Tyler – top of his field, knowledgeable and sharp. He has a real passion for his subject area. He’s also very easy to get on with. Charlotte Boswell-Tym – diligent, thorough and hard working.’

    Key clients

    Office of Gas and Electricity Markets(OFGEM)

    Maples Teesdale Solicitors

    Highgate Hill Solicitors

    Aquila Advisory Limited

    Rebekah Vardy

    Work highlights

    • Advised Ofgem on multiple cases in the Competitions Market over costs recovery and complex costs submissions.
    • Advised on the costs aspects of the Vardy v Rooney Litigation.
    • Assisted Maples Teasdale LLP with general costs management, as well as supporting with costs recovery.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP‘s health, safety and environment practice call upon expertise within the dispute resolution, employment, public law and clinical negligence departments in order to bring about a very broad offering for clients, especially those dealing with issues relating to criminal law. The team is best known for representing individuals under investigation in relation to serious accidents, though it increasingly acts for corporate entities as well in regards to health and safety, fire safety, environmental protection and safeguarding. Jonathan Grimes leads the criminal side of the practice, specialising in corporate manslaughter and helping clients though police investigations. Melinka Berridge heads the regulatory team with particular expertise in the fields of health and safety, licensing, regulatory and private prosecutions. Hannah Eales and Craig Baylis are two other important team members.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Grimes; Melinka Berridge

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Melinka Berridge leads most of the team’s work in fire safety and is highly respected in the sector. Formerly a barrister specializing in prosecution work, Melinka brings a wealth of experience to defending in health and safety cases and is renowned for her attention to detail and excellent judgement. Another former practicing barrister, Hanna Eales, is a highly persuasive advocate specializing in fire safety and has a deep knowledge of fire regulation in the built environment.’

    ‘The team has exceptional lawyers at every level and they all show total commitment to their clients, always going above and beyond for them. It is a truly collaborative experience when working with them and, together with their personable style, this makes it a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience to work with them. They are my number one choice when asked to recommend solicitors in this field.’

    ‘Melinka Berridge is in a league of her own. Not only does she have a first-class legal mind but she is a brilliant strategist and is hardworking and totally committed to the best outcome for her clients. She is also an absolute joy to work with – bringing a unique and positive energy to even the most taxing of situations. , Hannah Eales is also an absolutely brilliant lawyer and strategist. She is completely dependable, sensible and thorough and has a calm approach to matters, which is a huge asset when working alongside her in difficult situations. She is totally committed to her clients.

    ‘A leading firm for health and safety and business crime. Clients benefit from meticulous attention to detail, an excellent standard of service, and insight gained from a wealth of experience of criminal litigation.’

    ‘Jonathan Grimes stands out for his exceptional legal ability and thoughtful approach. Brings his immense experience to bear from the earliest stages of a case. Authoritative, measured, and effective.’

    ‘Hannah Eales is a former barrister, with fire safety experience, very knowledgeable and hard working.

    ‘Kingsley Napley’s regulatory team have assisted the London Fire Brigade in a major and complex piece of litigation for the past 4 years. The team have been exceptional in terms of their expertise, attention to detail, client care, availability and value for money.’

    ‘Melinka Berridge and Hannah Eales are the partners that have been providing support and advice to the London Fire Brigade over the past 4 years. They really care about the work and the people who they represent and this is demonstrated in the excellent feedback we have received in terms of interaction and support provided to individual clients. Their expertise in their field is outstanding, they are always available to take calls and provide support – even outside of office hours. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’

    Key clients

    London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner

    Work highlights

    • Worked closely with 18 witnesses previously employed by the LFB. We helped them to prepare and give their evidence to the high-profile Grenfell Tower public inquiry. The witnesses included all the senior management team of the LFB in the decade prior to the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017. Seven of these witnesses gave live evidence.

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP has a ‘very high reputation and is increasingly involved in the big cases in this area’. It is superbly led by Ryan Mowat who is ‘highly experienced and easy to work with, while fighting hard for his clients’.  The group frequently works with its criminal, fraud and media related practices to assist its high-net-worth clients. In addition it regularly works on contentious Court of Protection cases where there have been allegations of serious wrongdoing as well as working closely with its family law team on high-value trusts and divorce cases. Another area of expertise is advising on private wealth disputes involving allegations of historic sexual abuse claims against high-profile estates.

    Practice head(s):

    Ryan Mowat

    Other key lawyers:

    Kate Salter; Laura Phillips; Katherine Pymont; Anna Metadjer

    Testimonials

    ‘Strong, reliable track record under the respected leadership of partner, Ryan Mowat, whose team like him is highly experienced and knowledgeable. Each member of the Kingsley Napley team has differing, complementary skills for the optimum result, and the trainee solicitor and paralegals were of the same high quality as the senior associate and partner’.

    ‘Ryan Mowat is pragmatic, realistic, and acutely commercially-minded, but also sympathetic and understanding. His insightful, incisive analyses of cases and how they are liable to go is impressive. He carefully considers all the angles of a case and the different motivations and variables, and steers a path for his client’s best interests’.

    ‘Senior Associate Laura Phillips is highly experienced, insightful and knowledgeable, able to explain complex process, with an acute eye for the key considerations in a case. In a complex, hostile litigation, with huge volume of documents to be reviewed within an extremely expedited, contracted timescale, she went out of her way to be helpful and supportive’.

    ‘The contentious trusts and probate team at Kingsley Napley is absolutely superb. It is so brilliantly led by Ryan Mowat, whose instincts for litigation are unerring and whose charming and unpretentious manner belies an extremely sharp mind and great tactical judgment. He is fantastic in a crisis, is able to plan ahead but to react quickly when things change’.

    ‘Katherine Pymont, Kate Salter and Anna Metadjer are all so dedicated, competent, quick to react –  it’s an absolute pleasure working with them. They are stand-out and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for an absolute first rate service’.

    ‘Strength and depth – has been a close-knit team for a number of years now and obviously understands each other intimately. They offer exceptional work and expertise across the board of seniority’.

    ‘Ryan Mowat – a renowned operator who has seen it all. He has excellent strategic insight. You can tell he loves what he does. Katherine Pymont – an incredibly calm head. Understands what clients want and how to provide it. Always offers sage advice. Kate Salter – a ferociously hard worker who is always totally on top of her matters, which is very reassuring to clients’.

    ‘Ryan Mowat is tough and calm. One of the best estates and trusts litigators in London. He keeps absolutely focused on achieving the client’s objectives, which are often achieved through his first rate negotiating powers. Kate Salter is clever, measured and calm. Clients like her and trust her. Opponents respect her and her work. Anna Metadjer is very very clever’.

    Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

    The ‘outstanding, extremely capable, experienced and kind’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘accustomed to running large and complex cases’. Simon Hardy heads the department that has a primary focus on assisting clients with matters pertaining to property and affairs in addition to managing deputyships. It is also skilled at helping clients on health and welfare matters. The majority of its clients lack capacity due to either a catastrophic brain injury that has been caused by medical negligence or personal injury. Anita Gill, as a panel deputy, manages the affairs of the elderly particularly those who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Hardy

    Other key lawyers:

    Anita Gill; Ryan Mowat; Jemma Garside; Sameena Munir

    Testimonials

    ‘I have found this practice unique because of its incredible empathy. Extremely pro-active on tight deadlines, and attention to detail. A very real and hands-on concerted effort in very challenging circumstances. I would certainly recommend to anyone. Anita Gail and Sameena Samur have been literally life savers for my family’.

    ‘Jemma Garside for Kingsley Napley has taken the time to understand my family’s situation, and had been able to offer advice which went beyond merely form filling and filing. She has always grasped the nuances of a situation and provided specific and appropriate advice, thinking outside the box to approach the court’.

    ‘Jemma Garside provides meticulous attention to detail, and responds promptly to every single enquiry; while this might not sound innovative, it certainly demonstrates best working practise, rather than just saying the words. She cares about her clients, and shows understanding of the often difficult and distressing reality of needing to seek CoP intervention for loved ones who lack capacity’.

    ‘Simon Hardy is highly professional, personable, and it’s a pleasure to work with him. We have full confidence in his ability to understand the reality of severe disability and normal family life. We don’t take these qualities for granted’.

    ‘Simon Hardy has that rare combination of knowledge and compassion. Simon handles all of his clients’ affairs with a genuine care for the end result. We have been really fortunate to meet such a decent deputy who has such a balanced approach’.

    ‘Anita Gill is on the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of Deputies, and my work with her was in her capacity as a deputy. She brings a wealth of experience to this role, and her experience as a deputy is likely to inform her work in other cases’.

    ‘My primary experience of the Court of Protecton team at Kingsley Napley has been of Anita Gill and Sameena Munir. I found both Anita and Sameena to be very responsive and on top of the issues in the matter we worked on together’.

    ‘Simon Hardy and Jemma Garside deal with clients with a perfect balance of compassion and professionalism’.

    Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP now has four mediators and is ‘really gaining a name for itself in the mediation sphere’. It has considerable depth throughout its ranks and is well-equipped to handle work involving finance as well as children proceedings. Under the superb leadership of Charlotte Bradley it is recognised for its representation of clients in complex finance UNHW/HNW cases and often acts for clients in the public eye. Bradley is an accredited mediator and mediates in high-value and complex financial disputes on a regular basis. Connie Atkinson is also highly recommended. It has ‘really raised its profile over recent years with lots of new, young and talented partners’.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlotte Bradley

    Other key lawyers:

    Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Stacey Nevin

    Testimonials

    ‘Charlotte Bradley – a gem of a lawyer, bags of knowledge and compassion and really pragmatic – she is as good a lawyer as she is a mediator. The rest of the team is strong too especially Connie Atkinson’.

    ‘The Kingsley Napley mediation team offers real strength and depth led by Charlotte Bradley. Connie Atkinson with Lauren Evans and Stacey Nevin recently adding more depth. The firm is committed to mediation and a genuine alternative for clients’.

    ‘Charlotte Bradley is unflappable and can take on even the most challenging mediation cases’.

    ‘Connie Atkinson really cares about her clients and has a very calming influence. Clients trust Lauren Evans and have faith that she will help them navigate the best course to find a resolution’.

    ‘The team  has excellent lawyers but has real strength and depth in its mediation service as well. They are flexible and extremely able so provide a top notch service for mediation clients’.

    ‘Charlotte Bradley is one of the go to mediators in London. Very experienced if anyone can get a deal she will do so. As a lawyer she is one of the best so she knows the advantages of settling in mediation but she is meticulous in ensuring the right process is followed so the clients are in excellent hands’.

    ‘The mediation team has a very strong leader in Charlotte Bradley who is very passionate about mediation and extremely experienced and compassionate’.

    ‘Connie Atkinson – a sensitive and dedicated mediator – treats her mediating clients as individuals and is very caring and compassionate in her approach’.

    Private client > Family Tier 2

    Kingsley Napley LLP ‘has a powerhouse family law team – the strength in depth of the team is unrivalled in any family law team working in London. The highest quality legal advice and representation is offered without any loss to individual client care’.  Practice head Charlotte Bradley  is ‘absolutely top of the tree- family law partners in London don’t come better than her’. Its partners and associates have a broad range of expertise in finance as well as children work. It is recognised for its representation of clients in highly contested and complex finance proceedings for UNHW/HNW and high profile clients. It has also extensive experience in cases involving complex farming and landed families and a significant proportion of its work has a cross-jurisdictional dimension. Other strengths include advising on international cases involving children issues such as relocation and surrogacy cases. Jane Keir plays a pivotal role in the department too and Lauren Evans  was recently promoted to the partnership.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlotte Bradley

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Keir; Sital Fontenelle; Rachel Freeman; Lauren Evans; Will Macfarlane; Olivia Stiles; Stacey Nevin; Connie Atkinson; Sarah Dodds; Alexandra Bishop; Charlotte Stringer; Connie Atkinson: Claire Wood; Cate Maguire; Abby Buckland

    Testimonials

    ‘What makes the Family team stand out at Kingsley Napley is without a doubt its ethos and its mission to always hold children’s wellbeing at the centre of its work. In my experiences with KN, I’ve always found they bring genuine heart and humanity to their work, driven to change the culture around divorce.  Charlotte Bradley: a wonderful leader, Charlotte brings that empathic, caring, relational thread throughout her team, which then naturally weaves its way to all client-facing work’.

    ‘Kingsley Napley is an incredibly well resourced, well respected firm. They are a go-to for heavily contentious high net worth work. The team works seamlessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. They have a strong international presence and are commercially astute. Rachel Freeman: has the unique ability to look at the heart of a case and grasp exactly what a client needs to resolve it. She is a dual French/English speaker which makes her first choice for Anglo-French work’.

    ‘Charlotte Bradley – excellent with clients and has great empathy. Will Macfarlane – very good judgment and attention to detail. Olivia Stiles – exceptionally able and one to watch for the future. Stacey Nevin – exceptionally able and one to watch for the future’.

    ‘Connie Atkinson – Equally strong on children and money and one of the best lawyers of her generation. Sital Fontenelle – an absolute star – she is a brilliant litigator, if she is running your team you know you will be heading for success. She’s fearless and she inspires that in other people she works with. Will Macfarlane – clients love him. He cares so much about every part of their lives and lives and breathes their cases until they are in a strong position again’.

    ‘Jane Keir: class incarnate, bright and smart. Ideal for HNWI cases. Charlotte Bradley : same expertise and she brings warmth and support’.

    ‘Connie Atkinson: she is bright and has sound judgement, and a commitment to her cases, whilst also taking a reasonable and collaborative approach to her cases. She knows when to settle. Claire Wood: real knowledge and understanding of Anglo-French cases: one of the go-to solicitors for these kinds of cases. I would recommend her in any case involving a French element‘.

    ‘Jane Keir is an extremely accomplished lawyer in this field with experience of complex matters spanning the globe and knowledge of what needs to be done to best assist her client. Sital Fontenelle is a vivacious, charismatic and purposeful lawyer with wonderful energy and determination. She is a force in this field.’

    Lauren Evans, brand new partner, is not only brilliant but in my experience already “experienced” beyond her years. I first encountered her as an assistant in a case back in 2015 and was very impressed by her command of the subject and also her client-care skills.  I am confident Lauren will go very far and am pleased for KN that they have recognised this already‘.

    Key clients

    Mr Santi

     

    Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

    The agile team at Kingsley Napley LLP is vastly experienced in advising on the sale and purchase of substantial and high-value central London houses and apartments as well as country houses in the South of England. With Bethan Owen at the helm the majority of its clients are celebrities and U/HNW individuals both nationally and internationally. As well as royalty, politicians, sports and media personalities its key clients also include professionals and business people. Vanessa Rhodes is adept at advising on the acquisition and disposal of complex portfolios with residential assets. Paul Harbour  is another name to note for his expertise in this area along with Victoria Lowe who recently joined the group from Memery Crystal LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Bethan Owen

    Other key lawyers:

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

    Kingsley Napley LLP enjoys a prominent reputation for its representation of individuals suspected of market abuse and insider dealing, also regularly catering to small and medium-sized FCA-regulated companies on a wealth of other matters. Louise Hodges is also an expert in market manipulation and breach of principal cases, while fellow practice head, Jill Lorimer is forging an excellent track record in acting for crypto asset businesses.

    Practice head(s):

    Louise Hodges; Jill Lorimer

    Other key lawyers:

    Nicola Finnerty; Alun Milford; Anna Holmes

    Testimonials

    ‘Kingsley Napley has great people, in many departments, across multiple sectors, equipped to answer issues arising almost anywhere in the world. Each separate department can call upon the intelligence and experience of every other department to provide a one-stop solution to complex and multi-dimensional legal challenges. Most other firms in this field do not offer that luxury. The ethos of the firm is to be tough but sensitive – that is a lot cleverer, and of far greater use and comfort to a lay client, than simply being tough.’

    ‘Louise Hodges heads up the team and sets the tone and industry of its members. She is the go-to solicitor for most City traders whenever insider trading or market abuse is suspected. She speaks the language of the City with authenticity. Her experience in this field is second to none. I have never known a client to be less than amazed by her fluency in the intricacies of financial services. Down to earth, practical, realistic, Louise is admired and respected by every regulatory and enforcement agency in the field.

    ‘Jill Lorimer is a defence assassin – operating below the radar to snuff out the problem at source and kill off the danger before others have even spotted that it exists. Many of her clients never reach the stage of being charged or disciplined because she has anticipated and negated all viable criticism before it can crystallise.’

    ‘Great team, great work, client sensitive.’

    ‘Highly experienced and personable team that is quick to respond to all matters. Produce outstanding and detailed work, and break down complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand.’

    ‘My stand-out mentions go to Jill Lorimer and Anna Holmes. I have worked with them closely on a couple of projects and they are outstanding in the work they produce, the outcomes they achieve, and the speed at which it is completed.’

    Key clients

    Financial Conduct Authority

    Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

    The clinical negligence and personal injury team at Kingsley Napley LLP is led by ‘one of London’s doyens of clinical negligence’ Terrence Donovan. Its caseload consists largely of handling complex claims, including such elements as birth injury; amputation; spinal injury; catastrophic and fatal injury; and delayed diagnoses. In addition, the team is experienced in handling high-value psychiatric negligence claims, often involving suicide and inquests. Specialist in spinal injury, gastrointestinal injury and loss of vision Eurydice Cote and catastrophic spinal, brain injury and consent expert Richard Lodge are described as ‘outstanding’. Recently made up ‘stand-out’ partner Laura Sylvester is another practitioner to watch.

    Practice head(s):

    Terrence Donovan

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Lodge; Eurydice Cote; Laura Sylvester; Aideen McGarry; Kirsty Allen

    Testimonials

    ‘Highly personalised, approachable, professional and responsive. The team is very knowledgeable and experienced and have provided us with confidence throughout our case. There was full transparency and communication was clear and timely. They helped us understand the process from start to finish.’

    ‘Respectful, responsive, diligent and highly competent. Richard Lodge and Eurydice Cote have been outstanding throughout. I would recommend them anytime.’

    ‘Richard Lodge is a highly skilled, dedicated, and thorough solicitor, committed to his clients’ cause.’

    ‘Terrence Donovan, Richard Lodge and Laura Sylvester are all very thorough and reliable.’

    ‘Terrence Donavan is a razor-sharp but extremely personable lawyer – he is hugely experienced. Aideen McGarry is an up and coming member of the team – she is responsive, smart and reliable. Laura Sylvester is very exerienced and someone whom clients adore – she runs cases smoothly and has excellent judgment.’

    ‘Laura Sylvester is stand-out. She has a very strong grasp of the issues and the medicine, and is a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Aideen McGarry is a wonder to work with. She is highly capable and works hard to achieve the best outcome for her client.’

    ‘Terrence Donovan is one of London’s doyens of clinical negligence, lovely manner, great with clients. Hugely experienced and gets great results. Kirsty Allen is hardworking, efficient and effective – an excellent team player, organised, thorough and puts together beautifully prepared instructions.’

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

    James Ward  leads the team at Kingsley Napley LLP that ‘really knows its stuff’. It has been working closely with its corporate department to assist various clients who are owner managed businesses and has also been working with its well-regarded immigration department to provide UK advice for international clients moving to the UK . Laura Harper  continues to develop this side of the practice and covers tax advice and succession planning for overseas clients who are buying UK real estate. It also has a specialist crypto assets team. Jim Sawer  is a registered wills draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry.

    Practice head(s):

    James Ward

    Other key lawyers:

    Jim Sawer; Laura Harper

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

    Kingsley Napley LLP's 'highly strategic and discreet' reputation management and media litigation practice has a key focus on representing private HNW individuals and multi-national corporations. Practice head Charlotte Harris primarily acts for claimants, most notably handling Rebekah Vardy's defamation claim against Collen Rooney. Helen Morris provides pre-publication advice to HNW individuals and supports them with upholding their privacy particularly in relation to harassment, revenge porn, and blackmail. Sue Thackeray has considerable expertise in crisis management for high-profile sports stars, and associate Siân Akerman handles anti-harassment and privacy injunctions.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlotte Harris

    Other key lawyers:

    Helen Morris; Sue Thackeray; Sian Akerman

    Testimonials

    ‘The grim reaper should use this firm – they have the ability to make even bad news palatable. They are logical, without emotion and make the most complicated parts of law understandable. A team of highly intelligent individuals with exceptional empathy and understanding of issues large and small, and even if you have the smallest most inconsequential case the team make you feel like it’s the most important case in the world. In the four years I have had dealings with them I’ve never felt I was just another customer – the entire firm makes you feel part of the firm.’

    ‘In adversity you need more than just a good lawyer who understands the law. Each one of the team I have dealt with has the ability to speak fluent human. They have a sense of humour and instinctively know when to apply it. They also walk through every aspect of complicated bits of law to ensure you understand it, just being able to do that is an incredible skill.’

    ‘Excellent people and talented female-led team. Highly strategic and discreet. Sound commercial advice.’

    ‘Sue Thackeray – incredibly impressive lawyer. She sees and addresses the issues with the long-term goal in mind. Her drafting is superb. She has a great manner with clients and is able to ensure that the team all works together in the most efficient and cost effective way to get tasks done on time.’

    ‘The reputation management team is experienced and has a market-leading advantage of being able to draw off the wide range of other specialists in the firm such as crime, employment, data protection for those cases with more than one legal angle. The team offers a hands-on service which is both commercial and client-friendly.’

    ‘Helen Morris is a relatively newly made partner and is excellent with clients, has great strategic sense and works very well as a part of a solicitor/counsel team. She has years of experience of libel and privacy claims and brings an unusual perspective of having worked for both defendants and claimants.’

    ‘Charlotte Harris is charismatic, fiercely proactive on behalf of clients and focuses on winning.’

    Key clients

    Rebekah Vardy

    Arron Banks

    Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 4

    Kingsley Napley LLP‘s corporate, commercial & finance team, led by James Fulforth , has a particular specialism in acting for entrepreneurs and early stage, high-growth, owner-managed businesses. The team also has a specialist technology sub-team, working with entrepreneurs and venture-backed businesses through their investment rounds to an eventual exit.

    Practice head(s):

    James Fulforth

    Other key lawyers:

    David Davies; John Young; Anthony Macpherson; Andrew Solomon

    Testimonials

    ‘Agile team of pragmatic lawyers. Very reasonable rates/price in the market.’

    ‘David Davies – Simply great to work with. Highly accessible and dedicated. Business-minded and open to discuss ideas, both legal and business. We worked more or less seamlessly, with the aim of getting the deal done with the best possible result for our client.’

    ‘They invest strongly into client relationships, putting strong team members onto assignments, and acting as counsel through to completion.’

    ‘We worked very closely with Andrew Solomon. Andrew was a master of his brief, and extremely responsive. He considered all of the key issues, and was a master guide throughout the process. He dealt with sell-side queries with grace, and deconstructed complex questions into easy to understand prose that we were able to take action on. He was a rare breed of intellectual, knowledgeable, responsible, grounded, and personable.’

    Key clients

    Feralco AB

    Hambleden Capital Partners LLP

    Frank Hirth Plc

    UK Unifyed Limited

    Block Ventures Limited

    Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

    Kingsley Napley LLP represents individuals in cases involving allegations of tax avoidance and indirect taxation matters such as VAT claims and settlements. The firm also has a good reputation for advising on high-profile tax fraud cases and white collar crime. Financial crime expert David Sleight co-heads the practice with Louise Hodges  who frequently handles tax investigations. Ed Smyth acts for individuals and corporates in respect of criminal cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Louise Hodges; David Sleight

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team at KN has an incredibly client focused approach, the client is always number one. The team is always thinking about what is best for the client, how issues can be best communicated and how they can put together the right group of professional representatives. The pursuit of excellence in this way is massively reassuring for clients and gives them real confidence that their case is being dealt with properly and promptly.’

    ‘The team also has lawyers of the highest quality, who seek to learn and get better at what they do.’

    ‘They are just so impressive and I would recommend them to anyone.’

    ‘David Sleight is a star individual who really gets how the client is feeling and what he needs to do to put them at ease. He is also a top lawyer and a superb tactician. He can see many steps ahead which allows him to cut through even the most difficult cases with ease. I regard him as one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this work space and I can only see him becoming better and better over the next 5-10 years.’

    ‘KN have a solid reputation in all areas of financial crime and a growing reputation in tax investigations.’

    ‘A strong team which has considerable experience in dealing with individual tax problems.’

    ‘Have good experience in this area and know the subject well.’

    Work highlights

      Employment > Employers Tier 4

      Kingsley Napley LLP has a good reputation acting for financial institutions and clients from the professional services, with a growing stream of work from US companies with a presence in London. It continues to be sought out for complex workplace investigations, particularly in relation to fraud, discrimination and allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Corinne Aldridge, Adrian Crawford and Richard M Fox continue to represent employers and senior executives on a broad range of employment issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Corinne Aldridge

      Other key lawyers:

      Adrian Crawford; Richard Fox

      Testimonials

      ‘Confident and robust in negotiations.’

      ‘Richard Fox displayed a good understanding of practical business considerations. Easy and understandable advice given.’

      ‘Corinne Aldridge is very responsive, turns things around efficiently and provides practical and on point advice.’

      ‘Thorough, professional, friendly, quick response and good availability. A pleasure to work with overall and great advice.’

      Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

      Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

      With a team of specialised and experienced criminal lawyers, Kingsley Napley LLP advises and represents corporate clients throughout high-stakes criminal and regulatory proceedings relating to issues such as serious fraud, financial crime, bribery, and emerging matters including modern slavery and ESG, with a strong focus on cradle-to-grave support from pre-investigation to charge, through to in-court representations. The firm is able to draw upon in-house corporate governance and data protection expertise for complex investigations, and also has cross-border connections, allowing it to play a key role in multijurisdictional cases. Practice head Louise Hodges  works with corporate clients across corporate crime, fraud, and bribery cases, handling both internal and external investigations, while Caroline Day specialises in investigations, heading up the firm’s offering in this space. Formerly General Counsel at the SFO, Alun Milford has particular knowledge of regulatory strategy and DPAs, and Jill Lorimer  heads up the firm’s financial services investigations and regulatory practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Louise Hodges

      Other key lawyers:

      Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Aaron Watkins; Sophie Wood; Jill Lorimer

      Testimonials

      ‘Unrivalled real world experience in actually litigating the issues that corporate clients increasingly have to grapple with. Proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge. There’s a reason why Kingsley Napley alumni populate the white collar departments in the magic circle and US firms.’

      ‘Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her.

      ‘Caroline is the glue that holds a major case team together. She is the first name I would instruct / recommend and then build the team from there. Her ability to work under huge time pressure in cases with intense public and media scrutiny is impressive. She leads and co-ordinates with real skill and sensitivity.’

      ‘Alun Milford has been a superb addition to the team. He brings unrivalled experience and an ability to make real world predictions that are invaluable to clients facing difficult and finely balanced decisions.

      ‘This team is exceptional.’

      ‘Louise Hodges – Her breadth of experience is unique and her wisdom is of the very, very best. She is also a naturally gifted leader and a lovely, empathetic person; under the most acute pressure, she never loses her intuitive understanding of the organisational and human impact of her advice to the boards of FTSE companies.’

      ‘Specialist criminal lawyers. Depth of experience in the most complex criminal trials in the UK. A wealth of experience dealing with individual defendants.’

      Work highlights

        Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5

        Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

        Kingsley Napley LLP houses a sizeable team of professionals that have ‘the skill and experience to deal with all aspects of data protection and privacy work, including those involving contentious and criminal matters’. The practice is jointly led by Emily Carter, whose expertise spans public law, regulatory investigations, information law and prosecutions, and GDPR and juridical review specialist Adam Chapman. Other key names in the group are David Sleight, who is recommended for enforcement actions and investigations, and media litigator Helen Morris.

        Practice head(s):

        Emily Carter; Adam Chapman

        Other key lawyers:

        Helen Morris; Nick de Mulder

        Testimonials

        ‘Kingsley Napley’s data protection and privacy practice perfectly dovetails with its market leading work in criminal litigation and investigations. Its lawyers have the skill and experience to deal with all aspects of data protection and privacy work, including those involving contentious and criminal matters.’

        ‘David Sleight is agile and an innovative practitioner. He is on top of the details of the case and the big picture.’

        ‘A fantastic team whose members all work together to ensure that the client gets the best service and results possible.’

        ‘Nick de Mulder brings a high level of clarity, experience and practical advice.’

        ‘The team is characterised by the highest level of professionalism. Due to the size of the team and the many years of experience of its leaders, the team can react quickly to any situation. What particularly distinguishes the colleagues at Kingsley Napley is that they not only have great legal expertise, but that they are also very well connected internationally. What is particularly striking about the team at Kingsley Napley is the high proportion of women, which in my opinion contributes greatly to the fact that the team as a whole seems to function excellently and the clients are not only managed with a great deal of expertise, but also with a great deal of empathy.’

        ‘I have had the privilege of working with the partners Sue Thackeray and Helen Morris on reputation management cases. They both impress with their overall understanding of media crisis situations, both from a legal and a PR perspective. Both are constantly available and the cooperation is always very pleasant, even under high pressure.’

        Key clients

        David Spivack

        Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

        Kingsley Napley LLP's disputes team, which is led by Richard Foss, has a track record of work on claims against banks and other financial institutions.

        Testimonials

        ‘The team works extremely well together, they are collaborative and not hierarchical in approach. They are all good lawyers while at the same time responsive to advice given by counsel. They have particular expertise in acting with individual professionals, HNW individuals, small and medium sized generally owner managed companies. There are not really other firms that have managed to carve out such a successful niche in this space.’

        ‘Mary Young –  ever resourceful; absolutely committed. She is an excellent role model for younger associates. Good for all things banking – including international cases. Also, very experienced high stakes litigator with lots of experience obtaining freezing orders and the like. She can pluck fantastic settlements for her clients out of the air!

        ‘The team is excellent on difficult cases. All its members are prompt, conscientious and helpful. If you ask for something to be done, it is done without fuss. The team is as good as any I know.’

        ‘Fiona Simpson stands out because she is both both tough and sympathetic, and she has an excellent tactical judgement in litigation when difficult calls have to be made. And she creates a good atmosphere for everyone to work in.’

        The firm: : An internationally recognised, UK based law firm providing expertise for our clients’ business and private lives, when it matters most. The firm is highly regarded – and often recommended – by other lawyers and is known for combining creative solutions with legal excellence and commercial pragmatism.  Its lawyers often work on high-profile and sensitive matters in the public eye.

        Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in employment law, private client advisory and deputyships, public law, criminal defence litigation, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, family law, medical negligence and personal injury, regulatory and professional discipline, real estate, construction and immigration.

        Clients include 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
        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, money-laundering, UWOs, corporate manslaughter, health and safety, and tax related    . The department is internationally recognised for advising on extradition matters, working on complex City cases and for its expertise relating to sexual misconduct and sexual offences.

        Deputyship: the team works closely with the medical 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 as well as cryptocurrency matters.

        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.

        Medical 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 birth and spinal injuries as well as providing advice and assistance in relation to inquests and to complaints procedures. A range of funding options is available.

        Private client: provides advice on UK tax planning for international and UK clients, trusts, wills, inheritance and the administration of estates, receivership, lasting powers of attorney and  philanthropic giving. 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, human rights matters 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 advises on construction matters and handles real estate disputes.

        Regulatory and professional discipline: a large  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 and clients in the healthcare, legal services, accounting and hospitality and leisure sectors.

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        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 Corinne Aldridge
        Family and divorce Charlotte Bradley
        Immigration Nicholas Rollason
        Private client James Ward
        Public law Sophie Kemp
        Real estate Bethan Owen
        Regulatory and professional discipline Nicola Hill
        PhotoNamePositionProfile
        Corinne Aldridge photo Corinne AldridgeCorinne has specialised in employment law for over 30 years working both…
        Connie Atkinson photo Connie AtkinsonConnie is a Partner in the family team and has experience of…
        Melinka Berridge photo Melinka BerridgeMelinka is a litigation specialist with expertise in the fields of private…
        Charlotte Bradley photo Charlotte BradleyCharlotte is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Family & divorce team. She specialises…
        Abby Buckland photo Abby BucklandAbby is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She has…
        Michael Caplan photo Michael CaplanMichael is a consultant specialising in criminal investigations, advocacy, extradition and international…
        Emily Carter photo Emily CarterEmily is a partner within the public law team, specialising in representing…
        Adam Chapman photo Adam ChapmanRecognised as a “leader in his field”, Adam’s areas of expertise include;…
        William Christopher photo William ChristopherWilliam is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, based in…
        Adrian Crawford photo Adrian CrawfordAdrian is a partner in the employment practice. His particular interests include…
        Caroline Day photo Caroline DayCaroline is a partner specialising in complex fraud and financial crime and…
        Ilda De Sousa photo Ilda De SousaIlda is a partner in the immigration team with more than 19…
        Terrence Donovan photo Terrence DonovanHead of the medical negligence and personal injury department. Terry acts in…
        Hannah Eales photo Hannah EalesHannah is a partner in the Regulatory team. She is head of…
        Lauren Evans photo Lauren EvansA Partner in the family team with experience of all types of…
        Nicola Finnerty photo Nicola FinnertyNicola is a leading criminal defence expert in white collar and business…
        Sital Fontenelle photo Sital FontenelleSital is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family and Divorce team. She…
        Richard Foss photo Richard FossRichard has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes,…
        Richard M Fox photo Richard M FoxRichard is a Consultant within the Employment team. Richard acts for corporates,…
        Rachel Freeman photo Rachel FreemanPartner in Kingsley Napley’s family and divorce team. She specialises in dealing…
        James Fulforth photo James FulforthJames is head of the corporate and commercial team and advises on…
        Anita Gill photo Anita GillPartner
        Jonathan Grimes photo Jonathan GrimesJonathan is an experienced criminal lawyer specialising in serious and complex cases.…
        Elspeth Guild photoProf Elspeth GuildLegal counsel specialising primarily in EC law relating to free movement of…
        Paul Harbour photo Paul HarbourPaul is the head of Kingsley Napley’s Real Estate department and deals…
        Matthew Hardcastle photo Matthew HardcastleRecognised for his work in pre-charge investigations, Matt has particular experience acting…
        John Harding photo John HardingJohn undertakes general crime and police station advice, specialising particularly in relation…
        Simon Hardy photo Simon HardySimon is the Head of the Court of Protection team and he…
        Laura Harper photo Laura HarperLaura advises both UK resident and non-UK resident/domiciled individuals, families and trustees…
        Sarah Harris photo Sarah HarrisSarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team, having gained over 10…
        Charlotte Harris photo Charlotte HarrisCharlotte is a Partner at Kingsley Napley where she leads the Reputation…
        Nicola Hill photo Nicola HillNicola is the Head of the Regulatory team; responsible for a team…
        Louise Hodges photo Louise HodgesLouise is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Criminal Litigation team specialising in financial…
        Jane Keir photo Jane KeirJane is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She is…
        Sophie Kemp photo Sophie KempHead of Department
        Richard Lodge photo Richard LodgeRichard acts for individuals who have sustained injuries as a result of…
        Marcia Longdon photo Marcia LongdonMarcia joined as a partner in the immigration team in January 2014.…
        Jill Lorimer photo Jill LorimerJill is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Financial Services Group. She has…
        Will MacFarlane photo Will MacFarlaneWill is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family & Divorce team and…
        Cate Maguire photo Cate MaguireCate advises on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial…
        Julie Matheson photo Julie MathesonJulie is a partner in the Regulatory Team. She has a breadth…
        Iain Miller photo Iain MillerIain is a Partner in the Regulatory team specialising in legal ethics,…
        Ryan Mowat photo Ryan MowatRyan is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, where he…
        Katie Newbury photo Katie NewburyKatie is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Immigration team and she heads…
        Rebecca Niblock photo Rebecca NiblockRebecca is one of the UK’s leading extradition practitioners and heads the…
        Julie Norris photo Julie NorrisJulie is a partner in the Regulatory Team and predominantly advises in…
        Bethan Owen photo Bethan OwenBethan is a Partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…
        Stephen Parkinson photo Stephen ParkinsonStephen is the Senior Partner of Kingsley Napley. He is a white…
        Sandra Paul photo Sandra PaulSandra has extensive experience in criminal and related litigation. Her practice spans…
        Nicolas Rollason photo Nicolas RollasonNick heads Kingsley Napley’s immigration team which advises multinational clients on immigration…
        Kate Salter photo Kate SalterKate is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She regularly…
        Philip Salvesen photo Philip SalvesenPhil specialises in advising individuals and corporates in relation to criminal and…
        Fiona Simpson photo Fiona SimpsonFiona specialises in civil fraud litigation, advising clients bringing or defending civil…
        David Sleight photo David SleightDavid has an extensive criminal litigation background. Regularly acting for individuals and…
        Edmund Smyth photo Edmund SmythEd has a long and successful track record representing individuals across the…
        Nikola Southern photo Nikola SouthernNiki is a partner within the employment team who has a strong…
        Laura Sylvester photo Laura SylvesterLaura is a Partner in the Medical Negligence Department. She has a…
        Sue Thackeray photo Sue ThackeraySue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation…
        Shannett Thompson photo Shannett ThompsonShannett has a varied client base which consists of regulators, individual registrants,…
        James Ward photo James WardJames heads the Private Client team at Kingsley Napley. He has extensive…
        Andreas White photo Andreas WhiteAndreas is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s employment team. He has substantial…
        Linda Woolley photo Linda WoolleyManaging partner of Kingsley Napley. Criminal law, specialising in: corruption, fraud, serious…
        Nick Wrightson photo Nick WrightsonPartner
        Mary Young photo Mary YoungMary specialises in civil fraud litigation, often with an international aspect.Her clients…
        Number of UK partners : 73
        Number of other UK fee-earners : 263

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        Supporting clients when it matters most

        We are experienced in advising those coming to terms with life altering injuries or those who have tragically lost loved ones due to clinical negligence.

        Whether birth injury, misdiagnosis related or another issue caused by poor treatment received in either an NHS or private healthcare setting, we help clients navigate the legal journey to obtain much needed financial compensation.

        We try to make the process as straightforward as possible and investigate cases thoroughly, involving the best experts and barristers, to maximise the chances of success. We support and involve clients at every step of the way and in most cases we are able to offer funding options, such as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements, so that clients do not have to worry about how to pay for their claim.

        Perhaps compensation is required to cover ongoing care needs or lost earnings or pension. We marry our legal expertise, with an understanding of financial and medical matters, to assist clients in their quest for redress and we have a long track record of securing substantial sums of money for our clients.