Firm Profile > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England

Kingsley Napley LLP
KNIGHTS QUARTER
14 ST JOHN'S LANE
LONDON
EC1M 4AJ
England

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Administrative and public law Tier 1

Under a team led by Adam Chapman, Kingsley Napley LLP handles market-defining issues in the field of administrative and public law. On the public inquiries front, Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter are retained by senior police officers, religious institutions, utilities regulators, former soldiers and patient safety charities to represent their interests in high-profile investigations. As an indicator of the diverse claimant work handled, political organisations across the spectrum – from The Liberal Democrats to Leave.EU Group – engaged the team on judicial review challenges against national broadcasters concerning election coverage, and the Electoral Commission concerning campaign finance rules. Iain Miller’s regulatory practice is a leading voice in advising and drafting governance and policy regimes for national regulators and government bodies, while also providing litigation support when needed.

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Testimonials

Legal advice is always given with an awareness and deep experience of the wider legal context (in our case, public inquiries) and a sensitivity to the client’s objectives.

Knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, professional, well networked and well connected, with a touch of elegance which goes beyond what one normally encounters in a legal firm. It has been a pleasure to deal with Kingsley Knapley. They are available, it seems to me 24/7, and are proactive and determined to find answers to difficult and challenging legal issues. They work extremely well with counsel in the interests of the client. In a complex and important area of law, they have worked at a very high level.

Adam Chapman and Sophie Kemp in particular are intellectually talented, but also highly pragmatic. They both represent their clients’ interests vigorously, but fairly, and it is always a pleasure to work with, and more strikingly, against them.

The team is small but packs a punch well above its size: they are quick, flexible, continuously on the ball and efficient. The best way to run litigation, especially for cost-conscious clients!

Adam Chapman has much experience in advising on public inquiries. His informed insights into the probable thinking of those involved in the inquiry is very helpful in shaping the strategic approach. Adam shows a good grasp of the overall objectives of the client and tailors his advice accordingly. His client care, demonstrated by periodic brief e-mails providing interesting information, developments or background, are appreciated.

Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter are two immensely able professionals. We have been working with them for five years now. What is outstanding is their capacity to manage complex issues in the wider context and to provide excellent legal advice, whilst still acknowledging the human realities which underpin public law issues. They are consummate and caring professionals and human beings.

Stand-out partners are Adam Chapman, Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter. They are market leaders, but maintain a courteous manner in dealing with opponents, all the while protecting their client’s interests to the best of their ability. They are genuinely interested in and impressive contributors to public law.

Emily Carter is superb, incredibly approachable and precisely the kind of solicitor a client wants when the going gets tough. She is hands-on and firm.

Key clients

The Liberal Democrats

Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

Leave.EU Group Limited and Eldon Insurance Services Limited

English Benedictine Congregation

Leave.EU Group Limited

London Fire Commissioner

Former Metropolitan Police Commander

Downside Abbey

Financial Reporting Council

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP is a 'strong name in the field' of claimant clinical negligence, and consists of 'superb partners' with 'considerable collective experience'. The firm handles the full range of medical malpractice matters, with particular expertise in spinal and brain injuries, meningitis cases, and matters concerning cerebral palsy. A particular specialism of practice head Terrence Donovan is acting in cases concerning suicide linked to poor psychiatric care. Other key members of the team include and senior associate Punam Sood, who is regularly involved with both wrongful birth claims and fatal cases.

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Very much leading players in the claimant clinical negligence market.

Strong name in the field with a record of success for clients, including those with very severe or catastrophic injuries.

Undoubtedly a top tier firm with superb partners in Terry Donovan and Richard Lodge.

Kingsley Napley have been big hitters in claimant clinical negligence for many years now and the team has considerable collective experience.’

Crime: general Tier 1

Having handled a number of transatlantic #metoo cases, the general crime team at Kingsley Napley LLP is regarded as a 'go to' firm for Hollywood A-listers, politicians, regulated professionals and sports professionals. Led by Sandra Paul 'the best criminal partner in London' and the 'hugely reassuring' David Sleight, it covers niche areas such as 'sextortion' as well as immigration and extradition cases. Clients can benefit from the firm's international reach and associated expertise in cross-border matters. Rebecca Niblock is a recognised specialist in extradition. Associate Matthew Hardcastle  specialises in pre-charge litigation.

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Highly collaborative and team based in everything they do. Friendly and down to earth while also being world class. Uniquely able to bring together the brightest and the best but without being pompous or superior in their attitude. Great listeners, hard workers and tactically the best in the business‘.

KN are exceptional in almost all categories! They are streaks ahead of everyone else and provide a very high level of service. If I were in trouble that’s where I would go.  I like the fact they are genuinely committed to providing excellence even on less lucrative cases or on cases of less seriousness. They completely get how serious every case is for a client . They unfailing do the very best for their clients’

The KN team are one of the best known, oldest and highly regarded teams in this area of work. They get first rate work and deliver excellent results‘.

Sandra Paul is the best criminal partner in London and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with difficult cases and difficult opponents‘.

David Sleight pores over every detail, which is exactly what you want in a solicitor. He’s hugely reassuring – you just feel better when he is in the room. He is empathetic even with the most difficult and demanding of clients‘.

 

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

With a host of recognised leading individuals,  Kingsley Napley LLP  handles a wide range of cross-border cases involving everything from bribery and corruption, tax and false accounting claims, through to allegations of insider dealing and money laundering. The firm continues to see an uptick in instructions relating to Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), asset forfeiture orders and account freezing orders. Co-head of team Louise Hodges is 'a real leader in this field' and specialises in financial crime, FCA regulatory investigations and fraud. The 'quick and energeticJonathan Grimes is experienced in the banking sector and often acts for clients in regulatory investigations. Caroline Day focuses on cartel activity and anti-competitive behaviour and handles interviews with the CMA. Nicola Finnerty advises individuals and corporates in cases brought by the SFO and NCA, among others. Highly experienced litigator Stephen Parkinson is also recommended.

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‘Multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, high profile, long established practice, perhaps the most famous firm in the field’.

‘Universally respected by its peers, many of whom look enviously at its happy workforce, media profile and public standing’.

‘Stephen Parkinson is the great string puller – invisible, deadly, the wisest lawyer in the white-collar industry in London’.

‘Louise Hodges is first choice for any City trader; she speaks the language of the City but knows every police station in London like the back of her hand

‘Jonathan Grimes is meticulous, emotionally intelligent, with exceptional client skills, and is a first-rate academic lawyer’.

‘They are responsive, imaginative and dedicated professionals’.

‘Nicola Finnerty is a great addition to the team and has brought a huge back catalogue of high-profile experience’.

‘Rebecca Niblock is precise and meticulous’.

Key clients

Alexander Nix

Arron Banks

Professional discipline Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'professional discipline practice translates complex legal matters into simple, productive English'. It covers the education, healthcare, finance, and professional and legal service sectors. Clients benefit from the group's ability to work with members of the firm's highly rated criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments. Nicola Hill, who heads up the regulatory team, advises many of the statutory healthcare, professional services and educational sector regulators. Iain Miller's clients include some of the largest law firms in the world, as well as almost all the legal service regulators in England and Wales. Melinka Berridge is the firm's lead partner for a number of the team’s regulatory clients. Also recommended is Julie Norris, who advises professionals and corporations in the legal, financial, professional and health sectors. Other key names to note are Julie Matheson, who leads the team’s financial regulatory practice, and Sarah Harris, who acts on behalf of a large number of healthcare regulators. Barrister Hannah Eales and Shannett Thompson are notable senior associates.

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Somewhere between boutique and a City powerhouse. Ideal choice for an individual facing life-changing disciplinary proceedings in just about any sector.’

Client management is good, they are open to discussion and deal with concerns swiftly and appropriately. Client contact meetings provide opportunities for relevant feedback and discussion.

The senior team have a wealth of experience and expertise and the whole team structure provides a depth of knowledge.’

Kingsley Napley combine senior lawyers with detailed knowledge and experience of acting for regulated professionals, with other senior lawyers who have been heavily involved in advising the regulator, often on strategic issues. They also have considerable strength in depth, and across many regulated sectors.

Iain Miller – hugely experienced, solicitor of choice for advising the legal regulators (SRA and BSB etc.) and other regulators. Very good judgment, unflappable and very bright.

Julie Norris – very tenacious at defending professionals, good and reassuring client manner.’

Julie Norris – the highest accolade I could give Julie is that I would recommend her to a friend or family member in trouble. She is the consummate professional, intelligent, calm ‘under fire’ and very hardworking. A very safe pair of hands. Julie Matheson – I work with Julie on highly complex regulatory hearing involving actuaries. Julie in an expert in financial services work and another excellent professional Shannett Thompson – KN’s diversity champion and yet another of KN’s range of fantastic practitioners.’

Nicola Hill is committed to taking to understand our needs as a client and where she can add value. She has a genuine commitment and investment in our success as an organization and had built an effective collaborative relationship. She and her team are dependable and responsive to changes in requirements but ensuring a close eye is kept on achieving a high-quality outcome.’

Key clients

Architects Registration Board

Health and Care Professions Council

Health and Care Professions Council

Astana International Financial Centre

Senior executives Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP acquired Archon Employment Solicitors in October 2019, more than doubling the size of its employment department and also boosting its capabilities with regards to financial services and regulatory matters. The practice is regularly instructed by clients based in the US, and has recently been active advising corporate and professional services companies on SMCR, sexual misconduct claims, equal pay, as well as senior-level exits and confidentiality breaches. On the senior executive side, the team is regularly sought out to act for board-level clients, especially on sensitive matters involving claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal. Partner level arrivals following the acquisition include Corinne Aldridge, who now heads up the practice and is an expert on equal opportunities-related issues, Nick Ralph and Nikola Southern. Former team head Richard Fox maintains an active practice. At the time of the merger, the experienced Adam Lambert departed for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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‘A common sense approach along with empathy shown made the legal information much easier to assess and make decisions upon.’

‘Experience and personal interest was very clear – its makes a big difference. Helped to keep everything in perspective.’

 

Key clients

Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP 'has strength in depth, with very good collaboration between departments in cases that straddle different legal disciplines'. The practice consistently attracts big-ticket, complex litigation, with clients benefiting from its in-house capability in relation to criminal law, regulatory issues, and media and reputation management. The firm also fields experts in related areas such as civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency, banking and trusts. With over 25 years’ experience, Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, and has particular expertise in financial services and banking disputes. The team further showcases commercial litigation specialists Ryan Mowat, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Fiona Simpson. Mary Young was made partner.

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‘They have an impressive approach to litigation which focuses on the client’s business.’

‘The team benefits from being able to draw on lawyers from a number of specialisms to put together teams which are particularly suited to individual disputes, whether they arise out of sporting and media contracts or international tax fraud. They are a lively bunch of people who are also extremely good lawyers.’

‘Ryan Mowat handles high-value sports and leisure industry cases. He is focused and unflappable, especially when the going gets tough. Sue Thackeray is one of sport’s law’s doyennes. She has a contact book to die for and client care skills to match. Brings unparalleled commitment to her cases. Daniel Staunton has added real weight to the team. He is adept at ensuring that all the dots are joined and that nothing gets missed, even in the hardest fought cases.’

‘Fiona Simpson is extremely polished.’

‘Strength in depth, with very good collaboration between departments in cases which straddle different legal disciplines.’

‘Standout lawyer is the Ryan Mowat who combines exceptional strategic and negotiating skills with great client management and sound legal knowledge. He can go toe-to-toe with any magic circle firm, and has experience of taking litigation all the way to the Supreme Court – and winning. Partners Sue Thackeray and Fiona Simpson are both also excellent – tough and hard working, again with an excellent litigator’s sense for judging the strengths and weaknesses of both sides’ cases. Mark Fallman and Hannah Fitzwilliam are associates to watch.’

‘The team have a really varied practice, dealing with anything from construction and development disputes and property disputes to “one-off” pieces of unusual litigation. The broad ranges of skills and experience adds value in all areas. In my experience, the litigation team is partner-led, but provides the associates beneath the partner(s) with considerable autonomy.’

‘Ryan Mowat is a really considered and tactical litigator. He analyses his clients’ positions very closely, not just legally but also with a view to the strategy of and behind the litigation and how that will or might impact upon the psychology of the litigants. That really comes to the fore in mediations in particular; he is a master of the strategy and psychology of mediation.’

‘They are focussed. They all work very well together. They put a team together on a case and that is the team – there are very few, if any, changes for the duration of the case. There is always heavy partner involvement both in strategy and overseeing the team. They are unique in the market because they are not large but they have a very big kick.’

‘Richard Foss is a brilliant strategic thinker. Also very supportive even when things are not going that well. He is always absolutely upfront with clients on the strengths and weaknesses of their case and does not pull any punches. That way there are no surprises other than good ones – and he does amazingly manage to pull rabbits out of a hat.’

‘Mary Young is a fabulous new made up partner. So well deserved. A real bloodhound for details that will move a case her way a few notches. Very good on cross-border cases. Fiona Simpson is also extremely good extremely in relation to fraud, freezing injunctions and claims against directors.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP is an established name in the market for contentious estate disputes, particularly high-value and complex 1975 Act claims, will validity cases and proprietary estoppel claims. It frequently handles trust disputes that span multiple jurisdictions and involve serious allegations of breach of trust and fraud. The team combines expertise in private client litigation with considerable strength in criminal, fraud and media-related disputes. It routinely works with the firm's Court of Protection practice to act on the behalf of deputies where there are allegations of serious wrongdoing or fraud, and alongside the family team to assist with high-value trust and divorce matters. Ryan Mowat heads the team, which also includes Kate Salter and Katherine Pymont.

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Ryan Mowat is fantastic. He is incredibly experienced and tactical in his approach to sticky situations. His methodical mindset was invaluable when emotions were running high

Kate Salter is absolutely brilliant. She is calm, which allows for excellent tactical judgement, and she is on top of every detail and really knows her law

From my initial enquiry through to the conclusion of my dispute Kingsley Napley was professional, approachable and understanding. Ryan Mowat stands out

Combines technical knowledge and analysis with commercial nous. Ryan Mowat is a very commercial and experienced operator. Katherine Pymont provides excellent advice, and is extremely pleasant to work with, clever and commercial

Anna Metadjer is very knowledgeable in the area. She is extremely organised and will fight hard for her client’s interests

The team at Kingsley Napley is well regarded in the contentious trusts and estates market. The lawyers are successful because they are intelligent and tenacious. They do not gild the lily, but instead they retain their focus on their client’s commercial objectives and achieve them through hard work. They litigate as it should be done

Ryan Mowat is an established partner in contentious estates and trusts. He has overseen several heavyweight pieces of litigation in the past few years. You would prefer not to be against him. Kate Salter is a rising star in estates litigation, with good judgement and a commitment to getting results for her client

Ryan Mowat is a first-rate strategist, with excellent analysis combined with an eye for the big picture. I want him on my side not the other side. Kate Salter is also great. She works very hard, has great experience, and is a pleasure to work with

Family Tier 2

The 'dream team' at Kingsley Napley LLP is recognised for representing ultra-high-net-worth and high-profile clients in highly contested and complex finance cases and children proceedings. It regularly acts for City professionals in negotiating incomes (including deferred bonuses and private equity investments) and issues such as variations to existing joint lives maintenance orders. In addition, it has extensive experience in cases where the main asset of the marriage is in a company structure and in cases involving third parties, trustees and interveners. 'Incredible team leader' Charlotte Bradley is recommended for her expertise in schedule 1 cases. Michael Rowlands, Jane Keir and Lauren Evans are also names to note.

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‘Jane Keir and Charlotte Bradley are particularly impressive and the team boasts one of the strongest groups of associates in London, notably Connie Atkinson and Lauren Evans

‘A very strong family team taking on top-level cases, both children and finance related. Thorough, detailed preparation, excellent advice to clients, formidable representation in contested proceedings

Charlotte Bradley is an incredible team leader but also has a very busy case load. She has that wonderful ability to be both kind and empathetic to clients in distress but also retain objectivity and provide first-rate advice. Lauren Evans is one of the most impressive young lawyers I have met. I would recommend her on any complex case without reservation. Not only is she very clever but she gets everything done and is all over her cases

It has incredible partners but it also has some of the best assistants in family law. Jane Keir is a legend. She has the best judgement which, coupled with her people skills, puts her in a league of her own. She is a class act and has the rare combination of excellence and humility. Sital Fontenelle is one of the most energetic partners in family law, and her enthusiasm is infectious

‘Sital Fontenelle works hard to achieve the best results for her clients. She makes herself available 24/7. She is very dynamic, uses good judgement and is an excellent strategist

One of the team’s strengths lies in the fantastic camaraderie amongst the whole department that you do not always see at other top firms. You get the feeling that each lawyer gives their absolute all to one another just as they do for their clients. Sital Fontenelle in particular stands out for her tireless pursuit of doing right not only for her clients but for her team too

Cate Maguire displays a level of confidence and competence beyond her years. Connie Atkinson is a first-rate family lawyer: she has impressive intellect and exercises sound judgement on cases. She is careful, and that attention to detail shines through in her work’

‘Charlotte Bradley is always on top of her game. Abby Buckland is everything you want in a family lawyer. Super bright, excellent judgement and really willing to go the extra mile for her clients’

‘Will MacFarlane is a very approachable individual: he listens, understands and has the ability to cut through to challenge and question where needed. He leads from the front and has an in-depth knowledge of all the issues in hand, meaning he can guide his clients effectively and efficiently through the process’

‘Will MacFarlane is always two steps ahead of the latest legal developments and case strategy, while maintaining excellent client care and a highly polished legal service. He instils tremendous client confidence‘

Family: mediation Tier 2

The 'masterful' Charlotte Bradley at Kingsley Napley LLP has a balanced mediation and litigation practice with a strong reputation for her work in international cases (both finance and children cases, including relocation matters). Bradley is regularly instructed to deal with high-conflict cases and is an accredited mediator as well as a collaborative lawyer. 'Fantastic mediatorsConnie Atkinson and Lauren Evans are the other names to note.

Testimonials

Charlotte Bradley is just masterful the way that she can handle so many tricky issues on both the family and the children side

I really like the KN team because it has a particular mix of legal knowledge and empathy and emotional intelligence, which is hard to find. Charlotte Bradley, Connie Atkinson and Lauren Evans all stand out as fantastic mediators, mixing legal prowess with emotional intelligence’

It has a strong offering across the board in finances, children and international work. Charlotte Bradley is able to manage the most complicated mediation without breaking a sweat. She has a calm head sitting on wise and experienced shoulders

A strong team with a great reputation and great depth. When asked to recommend lawyers for a spouse, this team will be a first port of call. Connie Atkinson always has a constructive and pragmatic approach – she is building a good mediation practice’

‘Charlotte Bradley is very practical, really knows the law and has a lovely manner with clients

Charlotte Bradley shows the right amount of empathy with the client but is straight talking too. She gives time to the client to consider things but keeps everything moving at a nice pace

Connie Atkinson is an excellent mediator and senior associate. Very efficient, hardworking and intelligent

Kingsley Napley has a growing team of mediators built around the experience of Charlotte Bradley and Connie Atkinson

Court of protection Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP primarily assists clients who lack capacity due to catastrophic medical negligence or acquired brain injuries with property and affairs matters. It is also continuing to expand its expertise into the elderly client area. Other areas of expertise include advising on statutory wills, gifts and tax planning, as well as providing professional deputyship services and panel deputyship services. Simon Hardy heads the team, which also includes Anita Gill, who is skilled at administering and managing the affairs of the elderly (especially those who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s).

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I find Simon Hardy’s attitude very client orientated and he fully understands the needs of this special client group

‘The lawyers take a sensitive and pragmatic approach to advising their clients, with a firm emphasis on ensuring that the interests of the (often vulnerable) client is prioritised

Simon Hardy is approachable, hugely knowledgeable and determined to achieve results that are optimal for his clients

‘A great combination of private client skill and commercial zeal.  Anita Gill has a huge amount of experience, a pragmatic approach, and always has her eye on the protected party’s needs

‘Anita Gill is the consummate professional – she goes far and beyond what is expected of her role, and clients and their families have the benefit of that commitment

Anita is kind, empathetic and has a wider view of property, tax and of life. You cannot beat her on protecting vulnerable clients in a compassionate and professional way

Anita Gill is an excellent COP lawyer

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in litigation and investigations involving civil fraud and white-collar crime, including cross-border cases. Richard Foss, who leads the dispute resolution practice, has particular expertise in financial services and banking disputes, often involving civil fraud. Sue Thackeray specialises in civil fraud, including complex cross-border cases involving parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings. William Christopher focuses on commercial litigation, including civil fraud claims.

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‘One of the leading providers of civil fraud services with the relevant specialist knowledge and skillset to ensure that the client is given high quality advice and representation.

‘William Christopher has extensive and wide-ranging experience in civil fraud and asset recovery work. He is user-friendly and aggressive without ever overstepping the mark.’

‘Kingsley Napley has a unique cross-over between civil fraud and criminal law, which gives them a brilliant offering.’

‘Kingsley Napley is one of the leading firms in the London market for large civil fraud disputes, with particular strength in asset tracing and multi-jurisdictional work.’

‘The team has an exceptional grasp of this area, being able to draw upon its extensive experience in fraud, in both the civil and criminal spheres. As a result, it is instructed on high value cases of considerable complexity, very often with an international context, and frequently involving individuals with a high profile.’

‘Sue Thackeray is a standout lawyer. She is incredibly clever and hard working. Her ability to develop complex arguments is impressive, and in addition, Sue is thoroughly personable and a delight to work with. I would rank her as one of the very best lawyers in this area.’

‘William Christopher, Sue Thackeray and Richard Foss are all very good. William Christopher is a recognised expert in this area.’

‘Mary Young is outstanding: forensic, incredibly hard-working and enormously personable. A real star!’

Key clients

FindMyClaims

Paul Allen as Trustee in bankruptcy for Jason Cheung

Stephen Doran as voluntary liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Limited (a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands)

Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety group at Kingsley Napley LLP is well-known for representing individuals under investigation in relation to serious and often fatal accidents. It is also  increasingly acting for corporates and public sector bodies. The practice handles criminal investigations and inquestsand advises on fire safety, environmental protection and safeguarding. Team lead Jonathan Grimes has experience in cases investigated by the Marine and Coastguard Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority and Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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‘Excellent at defending directors or individuals prosecuted for health and safety and regulatory offences’

‘Would I use this firm if I or a member of my family was in trouble? Absolutely, yes!  They would probably be the first firm I would go to’

‘Melinka Berridge draws on her experience as a prosecutor and former in-house lawyer to provide high quality, pragmatic advice and representation to clients . She has a keen intellect which enables her to assess complex legal and factual issues quickly. Her judgement is impeccable and she is highly sought after for the commitment she gives to clients’

‘Jonathan Grimes gives very thoughtful, clear advice and is equally at ease dealing with the directors of an international business as with individual employees. I was especially impressed by his ability to cut through complicated expert evidence to identify the key strengths and weaknesses. He is excellent with clients and has a touch of steel.’

‘Hannah Eales is a complete star in health & safety, especially fire work. She is really making a name for herself in this area. A real hard worker who takes care to understand the case and the client, offering very much a bespoke service. There is no “one size fits all” here’

Key clients

London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB)

Partnership Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP approaches partnership matters with expertise in employment law and regulatory issues. The group is regularly instructed by individual lawyers and accountants in contentious matters, including those involving allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying, as well as partner exits, equal pay claims and confidentiality breaches. The group is co-led by regulatory specialist Iain Miller and employment lawyer Adrian CrawfordJulie Norris, who is part of the regulatory team, has substantial experience advising LLPs and solicitors.

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Their regulatory team practising in the partnership field is absolutely stand out. They are head and shoulders above the competition, with a brilliant understanding of the issues affecting partnerships and partners in the regulated sectors. They are pragmatic, helpful, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

The team gives excellent practical and strategic advice, which is always thoughtful and responsive.’

Julie Norris is pragmatic, expert, incredibly intelligent and gets straight to the key issues. A brilliant litigator who you would want on your side if facing any regulatory issue.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

The criminal litigation team at Kingsley Napley LLP has a focus on serious fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering and financial crime matters, and is particularly noted for its internal investigations work for clients. The firm has seen an uptick in instructions relating to sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of the Me Too movement. The full service firm also offers reputation and crisis management advice, disciplinary, regulatory and dispute resolution services; with the ability to draw on employment, corporate and commercial partners to cover all aspects of a case. Head of team Louise Hodges specialises in multi-jurisdictional investigations, with a focus on financial crime and actions brought by the FCA. Caroline Day also handles global investigations and regulatory breaches.

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‘The firm has some very experienced practitioners who will work as part of a team in the biggest cases’.

‘Stephen Parkinson is a wise head who combines wide experience with excellent judgment’.

‘Louise Hodges is a reassuring presence on any case given her depth of experience’.

‘There is huge collective experience within the team’.

‘Stephen Parkinson is clever and experienced’.

‘Louise Hodges is a very good criminal and regulatory lawyer’.

‘Caroline Day is clever, calm and has good judgement’.

Key clients

Tesco PLC

Reputation management Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP's reputation and media team advises corporates and high-profile individuals, with experience across politics, sports and the entertainment industries. The team regularly works alongside the firm's criminal practice, able to advise clients on every aspect of their case from arrest, to charge and trial reporting. Practice head Charlotte Harris 'is a very shrewd and experienced litigator', who regularly leads on matters involving a political or religious component. Helen Morris specialises in data protection law, and also showcases a strong track record in libel and privacy litigation.

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‘Charlotte Harris is truly exceptional – she has an outstanding client base, and is a very shrewd and experienced litigator.’

‘Always quick to respond and very reliable. Truly have clients’ best interests at heart.’

‘Charlotte Harris always makes herself available when we need her. She is practical and highly knowledgeable in her field. She fills us with confidence with her well planned out approach to cases.’

Key clients

Rebekah Vardy

Arron Banks

Rio Ferdinand

Bhanu Choudhrie

Michelle Dockery

Residential property Tier 3

The ‘personable, highly efficient’ and ‘knowledgeable’ lawyers at Kingsley Napley LLP are frequently instructed to handle the most challenging aspects of residential conveyances, including investigations into title, land valuations, Licence to Alter agreements and tax structuring issues. The firm is known for advising high-profile clients from the worlds of sport, politics and media. Bethan Owen is ‘unfailingly proactive’ in co-leading the team, advising on high value residential transactions and working with commercial clients on residential site assembly. Fellow co-head Paul Harbour operates a broad practice covering complex commercial and residential transactions.

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The team has extensive experience of acting for high-net-worth individuals and those in the public eye. These can be some of the most challenging clients to work for. Not only do they have the expertise in this area, they are adept at handling such clients and matters sensitively, with utmost discretion and with a very genuine personal touch.’

Bethan Owen’s ‘can do’ attitude is inspiring and she is the most efficient operator I have ever worked with. She motors through her workload, with care and precision, maintains excellent communication with her client base and is unfailingly proactive, always striving for a great result for her clients.’

Paul Harbour really knows his industry. Charming, clever, hard-working, skilled and a great lawyer. I could not recommend him more highly!

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP acts in the spectrum of financial services contentious cases, including criminal, civil and regulatory matters. The firm has ‘expertise in criminal law', particularly in defending individuals. The practice also has a focus on early intervention work and advising corporates and individuals on SMCR. Louise Hodges specialises in FCA regulatory investigations, financial crime and fraud. She co-leads the team with Jill Lorimer, who is known for advising individuals facing investigation and prosecution for insider dealing and market abuse.

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‘Good financial services practice, particularly in relation to FCA regulatory/disciplinary issues’

‘Louise Hodges is a star. Knowledgeable, feisty and compassionate and leads a good team’

‘Sandra Paul is experienced in dealing with stressful situations’

‘Louise Hodges and Jill Lorimer are both experts at FS investigations’

‘Philip Salvesen is an excellent associate who completely masters the detail of complex cases’

‘Excellent understanding of the regulatory framework, very responsive and commercially switched on’

‘Jill Lorimer has huge experience in the cross-over between financial crime and financial services regulatory work’

‘A highly competent and experienced team, who can turn their hands to anything in this sector’

 

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for a raft of politicians, sports and media celebrities, and business people. Team head James Ward is a full member of STEP and is particularly skilled in cross-border and digital asset matters. Jim Sawer is a leading practitioner in the domestic and international tax and trusts arena. He heads the UAE service and is a registered wills draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry, and therefore is authorised to draft and advise on DIFC-compliant wills.

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The professionalism of the private client team at Kingsley Napley, with years of experience and a range of talent, was evident throughout. The team’s attention to detail and excellent judgement is exemplified by its clear understanding and highly approachable manner toward clients

This team has experience in cross-border matters and it understands the complexity of such cases and the importance of working with lawyers from other jurisdictions. It is always possible to discuss any issues of international law which arise to find the right answer, and talk about any practical difficulty so that a pragmatic solution is found

‘James Ward brings a certain dynamism, mixing quality advice with a commercial sense’

‘James Ward has the rare ability to deal with sensitive individual issues in a professional and empathetic way. His outstanding and clear communication skills make easy work of complex issues’

‘James Ward is a highly committed, knowledgeable and experienced private client solicitor. Always providing considered guidance on trust, personal tax and probate matters, James ensures his clients are front and centre and receive the best possible service at the highest levels

I have no hesitation in referring HNW clients to Kingsley Napley, because it is clear that the firm takes pride in the quality of its client experience and I am comfortable that the client will be well looked after. Stephanie Mooney, Joseph Austin and James Ward all have a consistent approach – they are responsive and proactive, and you know what you are going to get with them

Jim Sawer provides a very professional, knowledgeable and personal individual service’

KN is at the cutting edge of legal advice – the lawyers are quick to respond to communication and have sharp minds. I work with Joseph Austin, who is excellent. He works efficiently and quickly, and his knowledge in the private client sector is fantastic. He is also sympathetic and calm when dealing with complicated matters

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

At Kingsley Napley LLP, the tax litigation department is led by David Sleight, who works closely with criminal litigation head Louise Hodges. The group is most noted for handling criminal tax investigations and is often instructed to challenge coercive powers and handle internal investigations. In addition, it is also active in cases involving tax avoidance schemes, VAT claims and compounding settlements.

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Excellent white-collar crime and fraud firm covering all key UK regulators.’

The firm is well known as a blue-chip firm for white-collar crime that represent individuals investigated for tax fraud also.’

Deep bench of experienced lawyers with an approachable style.’

Louise Hodges and David Sleight, in particular, have a good reputation in contentious tax fraud litigation.

A consistent focus on client service combined with deep experience and down to earth manner. Louise Hodges and David Sleight personify these qualities.’

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

The 'lean and efficient' banking litigation team at Kingsley Napley LLP acts for individuals and corporate entities making claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies. The group has particular expertise in investor and misselling claims and fraudulent misrepresentation litigation. Practice head Richard Foss has a breadth of experience in misselling claims,  while Sue Thackeray specialises in multi-jurisdictional matters, often involving criminal, restraint or regulatory proceedings. Civil fraud and asset recover expert William Christopher 'has great strategic instincts' while Jemma Brimblecombe  is 'excellent'.

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Well connected with Gulf banks, lean and efficient, responsive, committed and dedicated team. Excellent client management. Compares very favourably to other firms of a similar size.

A really user-friendly team which is easy to work with.

Will Christopher stands out. He’s very experienced and knowledgeable and a very tough litigator.  He has great strategic instincts, is hands-on and is all-around a great partner to work with.’

‘Jemma Brimblecombe is excellent. She is very sensible, firm, calm and measured, keeping her cool and composure even in difficult situations.’

Employers Tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP acquired Archon Employment Solicitors in October 2019, more than doubling the size of its employment department and also boosting its capabilities with regards to financial services and regulatory matters. The practice is regularly instructed by clients based in the US, and has recently been active advising corporate and professional services companies on SMCR, sexual misconduct claims, equal pay, as well as senior-level exits and confidentiality breaches. On the senior executive side, the team is regularly sought out to act for board-level clients, especially on sensitive matters involving claims of discrimination or unfair dismissal. Partner level arrivals following the acquisition include Corinne Aldridge, who now heads up the practice and is an expert on equal opportunities-related issues, Nick Ralph and Nikola Southern. Former team head Richard Fox maintains an active practice. At the time of the merger, the experienced Adam Lambert departed for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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‘I found each and every member in the practice that I had dealings with to be totally focused on my case – I received prompt and professional responses within a timely manner.’

‘Adrian Crawford’s advice is pragmatic, clear and he considers every relevant factor. I go to him every time we have a dicey situation and he has never let me down.’

Key clients

Infosys

Augustus Martin

iDirect

Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members

Lime FMS

Affiliated Managers Group(AMG)

RSM UK

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Whitehouse Post Productions

Professional negligence Tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP draws on its experience in civil fraud and banking litigation to advise individuals and corporate entities in relation to claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies. Practice head Ryan Mowat has particular expertise in claims involving contentious trusts and fraud, and acting on behalf of clients in the media, sports and entertainment sector.

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‘Kingsley Napley’s professional liability team has been growing in profile over recent years. It covers a broad range of professionals. Members of the team demonstrate acute understanding of the relevant law and pursue a careful strategy sensitive to the requirements of professionals and their insurers.’

‘Ryan Mowat is excellent – personable, commercial, good with difficult clients.’

‘A reputable law firm with a good reputation.’

Sport Tier 6

Focusing primarily on football and motor racing, Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious commercial matters, with a strong emphasis on regulatory work, private client and employment. Litigator Sue Thackeray leads the team and is highly experienced in sports-related disputes, particularly concerning civil fraud. Criminal litigator David Sleight has also defended athletes and other sporting professionals against claims of assault, driving offences and tax evasion.

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‘The team is streamlined and experienced, allowing it to place an emphasis on client care and take a very tailored approach to each case. ‘

‘The team is able to call upon colleagues in all aspects of law to enable an all round service to be given to sports clients .’

‘Sue Thackeray isno-nonsense in her approach, which is refreshing.’

‘We have instructed Kingsley Napley for a number of years and they have become a key trusted adviser, working with our high-profile clients. ‘

‘Their unfussy pragmatic approach mean that event the most highly charged matters are dealt with in a calm, capable, reassuring manner.’

‘Sue Thackeray is tremendous – she is as formidable as she is fun and is a reassuring presence in the boardroom and the courtroom. Sue’s responsive, practical, strategic input and guidance in the most tense situations is really valued by us. Although Sue is a litigator her commercial acumen is also second to none. Hugely admirable, hugely capable and a joy to work with.’

‘The team were excellent in dealing with the particular issues that I had to deal with. As well as being extremely professional they came across at all times as personable and interested in the issues I was facing.’

‘The team excels in working on big-ticket cases involving high profile individuals, often with an international element. Their client management is excellent.’

‘Sue Thackeray is an excellent lawyer. She is very bright, thoroughly personable and a delight to work with. She is one of the most talented solicitors I have worked with.’

‘This is a tight-knit team with a real collegiate spirit. They are excellent lawyers who are ready to share their complementary talents in the interests of the client and each other. This has enabled the firm to achieve a profile that is the envy of many other firms with an emphasis on sponsorship disputes.’

‘Sue Thackeray is extremely well-connected, particularly in motor sport. She has exquisite client care skills and is able to limit expectations where necessary whilst leaving the client in no doubt that everything possible will be done on their behalf.’

Immigration

The business immigration team at Kingsley Napley LLP has extensive experience in advising investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, an area in which Ilda De Sousa and practice head Nicolas Rollason are particularly recommended. Marcia Longdon has a focus on advising clients in the creative and entertainment sectors, for whom the firm has a strong offering. Another distinguishing feature is the firm's Brexit advice: Elspeth Guild and senior associate Kim Vowden have a great deal of expertise in EU law. The private client practice also advises overstayers, handles judicial reviews and asylum cases for high profile individuals. Senior associate Katie Newbury advises on complex family matters, especially those involving international adoption or surrogacy.

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‘Nick Rollason leads an exceptionally strong immigration team, covering all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. They’re bright, hard-working, creative and between them have decades of experience in this niche area. Client handling is excellent and there’s a consistent focus on delivering successful outcomes.’

‘Real brilliance in all aspects of immigration law.’

‘Kingsley Napley are leaders in their field. Committed to achieving justice, they go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Nick Rollason is hugely experienced, with a well-deserved outstanding reputation.’

‘Marcia Longdon was very empathetic, at the same time very professional in her advice. Without her, my relative would not have obtained her visa to the UK.’

‘Katie Newbury is very good on surrogacy and adoption related immigration law.’

‘Kim Vowden is a highly tenacious and creative lawyer, who is building a very strong reputation in EU/EU settlement matters, in addition to his corporate caseload.’

‘Nick Rollason is a leading light who really sees the big picture, Katie Newbury and Ilda De Sousa are also excellent.’

‘Nick Rollason has excellent all round knowledge of immigration law and is very personable.’  

‘Katie Newbury’s attention to detail and meticulous preparation are impressive. Her legal knowledge is exceptional, and her calm and unflustered approach puts clients at ease. ‘

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Stephen Parkinson
Managing partner Linda Woolley
Clinical negligence Terrence Donovan
Corporate and commercial James Fulforth
Criminal litigation Louise Hodges
Dispute resolution Richard Foss
Employment Richard Fox
Family and divorce Charlotte Bradley
Immigration Nicholas Rollason
Private client James Ward
Public law Adam Chapman
Real estate Paul Harbour
Regulatory and professional discipline Nicola Hill
Photo Name Position Profile
 Corinne Aldridge  photo Corinne Aldridge Corinne has specialised in employment law for over 30 years working both…
 Connie Atkinson  photo Connie Atkinson Connie is a Partner in the family team and has experience of…
 Melinka Berridge  photo Melinka Berridge Melinka is a litigation specialist with expertise in the fields of private…
 Charlotte Bradley  photo Charlotte Bradley Charlotte is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Family & divorce team. She specialises…
 Abby Buckland  photo Abby Buckland Abby is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She has…
 Michael Caplan QC photo Michael Caplan QC Michael is a partner specialising in criminal investigations, advocacy, extradition and international…
 Emily Carter  photo Emily Carter Emily is a partner within the public law team, specialising in representing…
 Adam Chapman  photo Adam Chapman Recognised as a “leader in his field”, Adam’s areas of expertise include;…
 William Christopher  photo William Christopher William is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, based in…
 Adrian Crawford  photo Adrian Crawford Adrian is a partner in the employment practice. His particular interests include…
 Caroline Day  photo Caroline Day Caroline is a partner specialising in complex fraud and financial crime and…
 Ilda De Sousa  photo Ilda De Sousa Ilda is a partner in the immigration team with more than ten…
 Terrence Donovan  photo Terrence Donovan Head of the medical negligence and personal injury department. Terry acts in…
 Hannah Eales photo Hannah Eales Hannah is a partner in the Regulatory team. She is head of…
 Lauren Evans  photo Lauren Evans A senior associate in the family team with experience of all types…
 Nicola Finnerty photo Nicola Finnerty Nicola is a leading criminal defence expert in white collar and business…
 Sital Fontenelle  photo Sital Fontenelle Sital is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family and Divorce team. She…
 Richard Foss  photo Richard Foss Richard has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes,…
 Richard M Fox  photo Richard M Fox Richard is a Senior Partner within the Employment team. Richard acts for…
 Rachel Freeman  photo Rachel Freeman Partner in Kingsley Napley’s family and divorce team. She specialises in dealing…
 James Fulforth  photo James Fulforth James is head of the corporate and commercial team and advises on…
 Anita Gill  photo Anita Gill Partner
 Jonathan Grimes  photo Jonathan Grimes Jonathan is an experienced criminal lawyer specialising in serious and complex cases.…
Prof Elspeth Guild  photo Prof Elspeth Guild Partner specialising primarily in EC law relating to free movement of persons,…
 Paul Harbour  photo Paul Harbour Paul is the head of Kingsley Napley’s Real Estate department and deals…
 Matthew Hardcastle photo Matthew Hardcastle Recognised for his work in pre-charge investigations, Matt has particular experience acting…
 John Harding  photo John Harding John undertakes general crime and police station advice, specialising particularly in relation…
 Simon Hardy  photo Simon Hardy Simon is the Head of the Court of Protection team and he…
 Sarah Harris photo Sarah Harris Sarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team, having gained over 10…
 Charlotte Harris  photo Charlotte Harris Charlotte is a Partner at Kingsley Napley where she leads the Reputation…
 Nicola Hill  photo Nicola Hill Nicola is the Head of the Regulatory team; responsible for a team…
 Louise Hodges  photo Louise Hodges Louise is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Criminal Litigation team specialising in financial…
 Jane Keir  photo Jane Keir Jane is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She is…
 Sophie Kemp  photo Sophie Kemp Partner
 Richard Lodge  photo Richard Lodge Richard acts for individuals who have sustained injuries as a result of…
 Marcia Longdon  photo Marcia Longdon Marcia joined as a partner in the immigration team in January 2014.…
 Jill Lorimer  photo Jill Lorimer Jill is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Financial Services Group. She has…
 Cate Maguire photo Cate Maguire Cate advises on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial…
 Julie Matheson  photo Julie Matheson Julie is a partner in the Regulatory Team. She has a breadth…
 Iain Miller  photo Iain Miller  Iain is a Partner in the Regulatory team specialising in legal ethics,…
 Ryan Mowat  photo Ryan Mowat Ryan is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, where he…
 Katie Newbury photo Katie Newbury Katie is a Senior Associate in Kingsley Napley’s Immigration team and she…
 Rebecca Niblock photo Rebecca Niblock Rebecca is one of the UK’s leading extradition practitioners and heads the…
 Julie Norris  photo Julie Norris Julie is a partner in the Regulatory Team. She predominantly acts in…
 Bethan Owen  photo Bethan Owen Bethan is a Partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…
 Stephen Parkinson  photo Stephen Parkinson Stephen is the Senior Partner of Kingsley Napley. He is a white…
 Sandra Paul photo Sandra Paul Sandra has extensive experience in criminal and related litigation. Her practice spans…
 Kate Rohde  photo Kate Rohde Kate is a Partner and an experienced specialist in medical negligence claims…
 Nicolas Rollason  photo Nicolas Rollason Nick heads Kingsley Napley’s immigration team which advises multinational clients on immigration…
 Kate Salter photo Kate Salter Kate is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She regularly…
 Philip Salvesen photo Philip Salvesen Phil specialises in advising individuals and corporates in relation to criminal and…
 Jim Sawer  photo Jim Sawer Jim Sawer is a Partner in the Private Client team at Kingsley…
 Fiona Simpson  photo Fiona Simpson Fiona specialises in civil fraud litigation, advising clients bringing or defending civil…
 David Sleight  photo David Sleight David has an extensive criminal litigation background. Regularly acting for individuals and…
 Edmund Smyth photo Edmund Smyth Ed has a long and successful track record representing individuals across the…
 Punam Sood photo Punam Sood Punam is a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury…
 Nikola Southern photo Nikola Southern Niki is a partner within the employment team who has a strong…
 Laura Sylvester  photo Laura Sylvester Laura is a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence Department. She has…
 Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu  photo Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu Partner specialising in construction & engineering law
 Sue Thackeray  photo Sue Thackeray Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation…
 Shannett Thompson photo Shannett Thompson Shannett has a varied client base which consists of regulators, individual registrants,…
 James Ward  photo James Ward James heads the Private Client team at Kingsley Napley. He has extensive…
 Andreas White  photo Andreas White Andreas is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s employment team. He has substantial…
 Linda Woolley  photo Linda Woolley Managing partner of Kingsley Napley. Criminal law, specialising in: corruption, fraud, serious…
 Nick Wrightson  photo Nick Wrightson Senior Associate
 Mary Young photo Mary Young Mary specialises in civil fraud litigation, often with an international aspect.Her clients…
Number of UK partners : 51
Number of other UK fee-earners : 168

The Lex 100 Verdict

Criminal and family law stalwart Kingsley Napley attracts trainees interested in these areas and by its 'inclusive culture, working with interesting people and range of departments'. A full-service firm in the City, Kingsley Napley offers trainees, what one describes as, 'a high-street-firm environment with the work of a City firm, which is the best of both worlds'. This culture is a major selling point, as another trainee adds, 'aside from having departments who were top of their game in the areas I was interested in, the culture of the firm was a deciding factor. Everyone seemed so relaxed and approachable, the type of supportive environment you need when starting out'. The small intake size is also praised: 'as the firm only takes on six trainees per year, I think you get a much more tailored experience at this firm and more exposure. Being able to know which seats you are going to do at the start of your training contract is a massive plus'. Trainees comment that in comparison with their peers elsewhere they receive a 'wider breadth of experience.' Some trainees address the size of the training cohort saying that it aggravates the limited interaction between departments, and point to the IT system and pay scale as not being in line with competitors. However, the firm is applauded by trainees for its working hours, commenting that 'the training is far more supportive and less competitive than elsewhere'. If you are considering criminal or family law and want a City-based, full-service firm, Kingsley Napley is definitely worth a look.