Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP
20 Bonhill Street

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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

The market-leading team at Kingsley Napley LLP is 'the pre-eminent criminal defence firm, packed full of stellar practitioners' and is routinely involved in the most high-profile cases, acting for CEOs, whistleblowers, high-net-worth individuals and well-known individuals facing #MeToo allegations. Sandra Paul, 'a formidable lawyer with massive experience' and David Sleight, who is praised for his 'fantastic manner with clients', co-head the serious and general crime team. Paul, who has a strong focus on #MeToo work, also chairs the JUSTICE working party concerning the overrepresentation of BAME youths in the criminal justice system. Rebecca Niblock is widely recognised for her expertise in extradition, boasting 'unrivalled experience' in this area.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges; Sandra Paul; David Sleight; Rebecca Niblock

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hardcastle; Edmund Smyth; Katherine Tyler; Nicholas Dent


‘Nicholas Dent is extremely clever, very dedicated and with a gentle and natural charm that means clients totally trust him. I cannot rate him highly enough.’

‘David Sleight – sharp, astute and caring. David is reassuring and has a fantastic manner with clients, and his talent for straightforward but effective negotiation provides exceptional results time after time.

‘Sandra Paul was recommended to me by four separate sources and given the complexities of my case, this speaks volumes. From my initial meeting I knew I had come to the right place. Sandra formed a team around me and guided this throughout. Sandra never distanced herself from my case and consistently navigated the team. Her ability to prepare me, taking valuable time out to handle this one on one is something that I look back on with great admiration. She was able to mentally prepare me for what was to come.’

‘Rebecca Niblock is without parallel when it comes to any criminal case with an international edge. She is one of a tiny number of lawyers who can come up with something totally original that can make the difference in a case.’

‘Matthew Hardcastle is a consummate criminal solicitor, with an excellent feel for a case and a determination to do everything that he can for his clients.’

‘Ed Smyth is an up and coming partner – great client care and commitment to his cases.’

‘Rebecca Niblock has an encyclopaedic knowledge of extradition law which makes her a formidable asset in any litigation. Katherine Tyler is another superb asset to the team. She is wonderful to work with, with an excellent personable manner and is very bright with a great insight into cases.’

‘Louise Hodges is experienced and respected in her field.’

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

Kingsley Napley LLP is known for its full-service offering and ‘great strength in depth and hugely committed individuals’. The department’s white-collar crime capabilities are also enhanced by its collaboration with the firm’s dispute resolution, regulatory, corporate and public law experts. The team is routinely sought by clients for investigations into serious fraud in the financial services sector, which is among the areas of expertise of practice head Louise Hodges and Jill Lorimer. Senior partner Stephen Parkinson is a former deputy head of the Attorney General’s Office and has notable experience representing high-level executives, including chairs of FTSE 100 companies, in high-profile SFO investigations. In addition, the team is increasingly retained by individuals for investigations into anti-competitive behaviour conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the FCA; the highly regarded trio of Caroline Day, Nicola Finnerty and Jonathan Grimes all handle work in this space. Grimes and recently promoted partner Edmund Smyth also focus on asset forfeiture and money laundering issues arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Mutual legal assistance and extradition-related mandates involving multiple jurisdictions are also a forte for the group, which recently handled complex European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issues, among others; Rebecca Niblock is recommended for her extradition defence work; she now co-heads the firm's new international protection practice alongside recent recruit Aaron Watkins, who joined from Cloth Fair Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges


‘A market-leading practice with great strength in depth and hugely committed individuals. A great firm for white-collar crime which is exceptional in its promotion and recruitment of female lawyers. The firm has such as visible female line-up.’

‘Kingsley Napley have a collection of partners that any firm would be envious of. As well as longstanding top-tier partners specialising in financial crime for defendants, their knowledge of prosecution know-how is second to none because of some of the recruitment decisions they have made. They also promote from their talented associates to ensure the continued growth of the firm. The range of departments means they are also able to put together teams which cross areas of work easily and with consistent quality across the board. From top to bottom, I have never encountered a practitioner who fell below the standard of excellent.’

‘Louise Hodges is a wise and experienced lawyer who is unflappable in a crisis. Jonathan Grimes is cerebral and hardworking. Rebecca Niblock is energetic and intelligent. All deserve praise for their professionalism, in-depth knowledge, comprehension of the associated issues and timely responses.’

‘Louise Hodges has a real ability to lead a team and to be able to cope with all of the ancillary issues that come up in a case.’

‘Louise Hodges, Jonathan Grime, Alun Milford and Nicola Finnerty. All are so much more than just white-collar specialists; they are true criminal litigators who know the system inside out, are well connected in the industry and government, understand how commercial interests intersect with criminal law, have great judgement and work well alongside those representing corporates.’ 

‘Nicola Finnerty is an exceptionally able lawyer with a great breadth of experience across crime and regulatory. Spiky and determined. A pleasure to work with.’

‘I have worked closely with Jonathan Grimes on numerous issues and have found his advice and guidance invaluable. Jonathan demonstrates a broad depth of knowledge and also has a wide and varied network which has helped support me on both a personal and corporate basis. I would highly recommend Jonathan.’

‘Jonathan Grimes and Rebecca Niblock are both excellent. Rebecca is one of the most respected extradition defence lawyers in London – totally committed to her clients and with an incredible knowledge of the law and great sense of strategy; also a deep interest in her field of law generally, which I think really shows. I know Jonathan’s work mainly in the field of international criminal law, where he is also a leading figure – hugely committed to his clients, and with a deeper interest in the development of this area of law generally.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the CEO of Cambridge Analytica in a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s enquiry into “fake news”.
  • Acting for a company director in the reported case of R (on the application of Brook and others) v Preston Crown Court, a case resulting from a large-scale investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in the construction industry.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP consistently acts for both individuals and corporations in serious, complex, high-profile cases across all the regulated sectors; and has worked with some of the largest UK regulators for over 50 years. Heading the regulatory team, Nicola Hill acts for many of the statutory healthcare, professional service and educational sector regulators; Iain Miller has an excellent reputation for advising law firms and legal regulators; Melinka Berridge is the firm's lead partner for several of the firm's regulatory clients; Julie Norris' practice centres on law firms and their partners; and Julie Matheson leads the financial regulatory practice. The second line of strong advisers includes Sarah Harris, whose experience includes acting for leading regulatory bodies in high-profile and complex cases; head of the regulatory team of advocates, Hannah Eales, and medical and dental sector specialist Shannett Thompson, who were both elevated to the partnership in 2020; and senior associate Jessica Clay, 'an absolute star'.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Hill


Good knowledge of the area, good grasp of commercial realities, and great for their understanding of the needs of their clients and the challenges they face in the regulatory space.

Incredible depth of knowledge of regulatory law – and, more importantly, up-to-date and practical experience of regulators and their expectations.

Julie Norris is highly composed and intellectual – an absolute leader in her field.

Melinka Berridge is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of regulatory law, and this extends to a remarkable knowledge of even the minutiae of the many cases on which we instruct the team to take forward. She is always approachable and available to offer advice when we need it and always prepared to go the extra mile.

Iain Miller, Julie Norris and senior associate Jessica Clay are all outstanding – easy to deal with, fabulous with clients, and fantastic for detail and the bigger picture.

Iain Miller rightly deserves his reputation as a doyen; he is not only a fountain of knowledge, but extremely user friendly and a delight to work with. He also sets the tone for everyone in his team – they all, as a result, recognise the human element in professional discipline, which is absolutely key, and do the best job possible.

Julie Norris and senior associate Jessica Clay are the best team I have worked with in terms of human intelligence and strategy. Compassion and emotional intelligence are a much under-used quality in the profession and they both have it in abundance.

Jessica Clay has an amazing eye for detail and brilliant practical knowledge – an absolute star in her field who combines industry know-how with excellent judgement and superb all-round knowledge of the law.

Key clients

Baker McKenzie LLP

Architects Registration Board

Education Workforce Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Baker McKenzie in proceedings brought against it by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, in a case which was the subject of extensive coverage in both the legal and mainstream press.
  • Acted for the Architects Registration Board in an investigation into an allegation of unacceptable professional conduct against architect Philip Syborn, and presented the case before the Professional Conduct Committee.
  • Acted for the Education Workforce Council in investigating an allegation of unacceptable professional conduct against headteacher Neil Foden, and presented the case before the Fitness to Practise Committee.

Employment > Immigration

The well-regarded practice at Kingsley Napley LLP  – which is led by ‘immigration grandeeNicolas Rollason – works with a wide range of businesses and private clients on the full spectrum of complex matters. The ‘highly experienced, knowledgeable and diligent‘ team has a sector focus on financial services; legal services; media, entertainment and sport and tech, and advises on immigration issues relating to inward investment, mergers, restructurings, and the full range of challenges facing individuals, such as appeals and asylum applications. Key partners include Ilda De SousaMarcia Longdon (who was recently appointed as the American Bar Association’s international co-chair of the Immigration & Human Trafficking Committee) and newly promoted partner Katie Newbury, who leads the team providing specialist advice to private individuals. EU free movement expert Elspeth Guild has stepped down as a partner and is now a legal counsel to the team, while also teaching as a law professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Longdon; Elspeth Guild; Ilda de Sousa; Katie Newbury; Kim Vowden; Conor Boyd; Oliver Oldman


‘Nick Rollason is exceptional lawyer – great with clients and great to work with.’

‘They are all experts in UK immigration law and provide excellent customer service. A dedicated and fully engaged team.’

‘Katie Newbury is a fantastic solicitor, with a deep understanding of immigration law and practice.’

‘This team displays excellence at every step of the way. I am particularly impressed by how the paralegals and trainees are just as involved as the partners: it means that the team is cohesive and reliable.’

‘Ilda De Sousa’s competence and professional conduct are exceptional. There have been many challenging occasions Ilda guided our company in the right path to achieve a positive outcome we desired.’

‘Katie Newbury’s knowledge in adoption and surrogacy related law is outstanding – she is always looking and finding resolutions that work for her clients.’

‘The team have a good way of relationship-building. I like how they think about whether or not the client could be trained to do something in order to reduce bills, thus keeping the specialists focused on law work, rather than paralegal-type work. I really appreciate this.’

‘Katie Newbury is a bright star of the immigration world with particular expertise in family immigration. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, intellectual might, and calm approach mean that she is undoubtedly the solicitor you want on your side for complicated family immigration cases.’

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

At Kingsley Napley LLP (which ‘provides a service that is second to none‘), Corinne Aldridge heads up the group since Richard Fox stepped back from the role. Fox is endorsed as ‘a high-profile lawyer and one of the best‘; another client observed that he and senior associate Andy Norris ‘have done a stunning job‘. Nick Ralph and senior associate Moira Campbell are also highly rated, along with senior associate Natasha Forman (née Koshnitsky). Adrian Crawford is considered to have ‘almost unparalleled senior executive experience and a good knowledge of company and partnership law‘ and the ‘extraordinaryAndreas White combines his advice and guidance with ‘human compassion and clarity‘. In addition to areas including age and race discrimination, whistleblowing, and work-related stress and illness claims, the substantial team advises on cases with a criminal aspect, regulatory/directors’ duties issues, senior exits and equal pay matters.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge

Other key lawyers:


‘Whilst I mainly dealt with one individual at the firm, and this is often still the case in the legal profession. There was always someone available should I have needed it . KN had good resources in place. Billing, client on boarding and dealing with counsel seemed seamless. All very efficient and effective. I was also kept informed through out my dealings with them.’

‘I mainly dealt with one individual Natasha Forman, extremely professional, efficient and considered. It was only some time after I had been dealing with Natasha that I became aware she was a senior associate – the quality and effectiveness of her advice and service including engaging with counsel meant I had thought she was a partner.’

‘They stand out for their sector expertise, pragmatic approach, exceptional client service. They aim to achieve the best result for the clients. Working with them was a relationship based on trust. They use a strictly individual approach and considered all personal unique characteristic of the matter and the client which I found impressive.’

‘I worked with Richard Fox (partner) and Andy Norris (Senior Associate). Richard Fox and Andy Norris have done a stunning job on my case. I felt confident and proud throughout the whole process because Richard and Andy were advising me. I trusted them since our first meeting and that they would act in my best interest. The quality of their work/advice, and the amount of personal care they handled my matters with were so high. It was way beyond my expectations.’

Nick Ralph and Moira Campbell. Both are exceptional lawyers. Nick was my first contact with the firm – very methodological, insightful, professional. He understood my case and was able to define it quickly; brought many unknown points to me that helped us win it.’

‘Kingsley Napley is quite an extraordinary legal practice that puts the client and the law above their own interests. They provide excellent counsel but also excellent client engagement. They provide a service that is second to none with full understanding of which barristers or chambers should be engaged for court representation.’

‘There is strength and depth to the KN team, notably Andreas White, Richard Fox and Adrian Crawford. Adrian Crawford, in particular, has almost unparalleled senior executive experience and a good knowledge of company and partnership law – I recommend him to any senior executive lay clients that come my way.’

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP has a thriving contentious practice, known for representing a diverse range of clients in public inquiries, major inquests, high-profile judicial reviews and appeals. Adam Chapman's prominent work has included acting on behalf of Leave.EU founder Aaron Banks; he is also representing the Labour Party in connection with the ECHR's investigation into anti-Semitism within the party. Sophie Kemp, who recently succeeded Chapman as head of the public law team, stands out for her work on behalf of institutions in prominent inquiries concerning safeguarding and sexual abuse claims, including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; she is also highly regarded for her expertise in international human rights law. Associate Nick De Mulder, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in March 2020, is also recommended for his diverse portfolio of contentious work, touching on issues concerning human rights law and government policies.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Kemp

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Sophie Kemp – absolutely outstanding in helping me think through some very complex issues; very patient and also clear and concise.’

‘Their manner is excellent. They understand your needs and are sympathetic to them. They listen. Their advice is thoughtful and realistic.’

‘Adam Chapman has public law experience that is second to none, after a long career with the Government Legal Department followed by a move into the private sector. He is trusted by clients and has excellent judgement.’

‘Knowledgeable specialist staff, wide use of technology, good international response, no diminution in service whatsoever during Covid. Well connected to specialist counsel. No time wasting.’

‘The team has a broad range of skills and handles all public law issues effectively.’ 

‘Sophie Kemp combines high level knowledge of the law with a very personal approach.’ 

Key clients

The Labour Party

The University of Cambridge

The Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

English Benedictine Congregation

The Financial Reporting Council

The London Fire Brigade

Spire Healthcare

The CORE Coalition and International Commission of Jurists

Former Metropolitan Police Commander

Traidcraft Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advised the Labour Party on the anti-Semitism inquiry conducted by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and related litigation.
  • Advising the Catholic Church through the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Acting for an interested party in the major judicial review proceedings concerning the Government’s approach to procuring PPE in the pandemic.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP is well equipped to take on contentious partnerships mandates — including those with regulatory and criminal elements — with a cross-departmental approach spearheaded by employment expert Adrian Crawford, who is praised for providing 'clear, tactically focused advice', and go-to regulatory specialist Iain Miller. Acting for individual partners and firms in the professional services sectors, the group is instructed on a high volume of SRA misconduct proceedings; the 'composed and intellectualJulie Norris and Corinne Aldridge are active in this field. Senior associate Jessica Clay also stands out for her strength in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller


I worked with Julie Norris and Jessica Clay. I have worked in the legal industry for 19 years and I would rate them as the best team I have worked with in terms of human intelligence and strategy. Compassion and emotional intelligence are a much under-used quality in the profession and they both have it in abundance.

Jessica Clay combines industry know-how with excellent judgement and a superb all-round knowledge of the law.

Julie Norris is composed and intellectual.

Adrian Crawford has the knack of digesting detailed and complex information and then providing clear, tactically focused advice.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

The leading cross-border investigations practice of Kingsley Napley LLP provides in-house expertise in criminal law and media/reputation management, as well as experience in complex multijurisdictional disputes. Richard Foss leads the team and his specialisms include civil fraud, insolvency, contractual disputes, directors’ duties, professional negligence and injunctions, with particular strength in financial services and banking disputes. Another key name in the area is Sue Thackeray, who is a 'stand out individual with a very adept legal mind'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:

Mary Young; Sue Thackeray; Emily Grieg


‘They are a relatively small client focussed city firm. Their strength is being able to compete against the larger firms and more than hold their own. They act for individual clients and smaller corporates and provide a personal and intensive service that these clients would be unlikely to get from the larger city firms’.

‘Richard Foss is superb. Very hands on and client focussed. Always interested in the law which given his level of seniority is a rare find. Mary Young – recently made up partner – is an excellent strategist and manages to swing favourable settlements for her clients with effortless ease. Emily Grieg – young up and coming associate – one to watch’.

‘Tenacious, patient, efficient and hugely knowledgeable and ethically correct but yet very resourceful. Totally dedicated to achieving a result for the client whilst managing expectations and setting realistic objectives in case management. The team machinery runs like clockwork’.

‘Mary Young is a superb lawyer. She is very much “end game” focused and calibrates the need to be a tough litigator with that of being a superb conciliator and facilitator in reaching the overall objective impeccably. Everything she does and says is utterly professional, very considered, ethically unimpeachable and drawn from a deep well of legal expertise coupled with refreshing pragmatism’.

‘The Kingsley Napley team, and Sue Thackeray particularly, take a very commercial and practical approach to solving legal problems. Thackeray is a first rate negotiator with a commercial sense which is rare among lawyers.  Sue has the ability to devise legal strategies which are practical and pragmatic and which puts the clients interests first’.

‘The team has some very bright lawyers and the quality of its legal analysis compares favourably with departments at competing firms. It also has a very deep understanding of this sphere of practice, the level of which which is not replicated at many other firms’.  

‘Sue Thackeray is a stand out individual with a very adept legal mind. She is a real problem solver, who thinks outside the box, and is a valuable asset to any legal team’.

‘Kingsley Napley has excellent experience and insight into this area of litigation. They have top quality partners, and very hard-working, experienced and user-friendly associates’.

Key clients

FMC Law Ltd (Formerly Ltd)

Stephen Doran as liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company

Surge Financial Ltd and Paul Careless

Goal Taxback Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Goal Taxback Ltd to the Danish tax fraud claim which is listed by the Lawyer as one of its top 5 cases for 2021
  • Advising Surge Financial Ltd and Paul Careless on claims relating to the collapsed company, London Capital and Finance PLC
  • Acting for Stephen Doran as liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company Limited, on a multi-jurisdictional multi million pound pension fraud, seeking to recover funds from fraudsters, recipients and third parties mixed up in the wrong doing.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP's commercial litigation team, which is frequently seen against Magic Circle and other leading London practices, leverages the firm's widely respected criminal law and media/reputation management expertise. It also fields specialists in related areas, such as civil fraud, professional negligence, contentious insolvency, banking and trusts. Department head Richard Foss acts for organisations, private individuals and entrepreneurs in a variety of commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for financial services and banking cases. Ryan Mowat has a strong track record securing favourable outcomes for clients in commercial ligation cases, where he acts for both claimants and defendants, Sue Thackeray has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience. The practice also showcases highly regarded partners William Christopher, Fiona Simpson and Mary Young. In January 2021, Michael Mulligan joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, where he led the restructuring, recoveries and insolvency team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss


Fantastic cross-over experience between commercial, civil fraud and criminal/regulatory work gives the firm a real depth of expertise in big-ticket work, which increasingly requires specialisms across commercial/regulatory and criminal boundaries.

Excellent partners who are tactically astute.

Real breadth and depth of experience in civil fraud with many of them being recognised for doing this work. They are also growing the team, further increasing the high-level quality of their work.

Richard Foss has put together an excellent team of lawyers. He is a top-quality litigator, and that skill feeds through to the rest of his team.

Ryan Mowat is without doubt one of the finest commercial litigators in the country – legally knowledgeable, strategically brilliant, exceptional at handling clients and has an ability to lead a large team (including leading QCs) and drive cases to successful conclusions.

Fiona Simpson is tactically astute, excellent at handling clients and gets the job done.

William Christopher and Sue Thackeray stand out.

Mary Young has an excellent eye for detail – never gives up at trying to find a solution. A highly technical lawyer with an excellent understanding of cross-border issues.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP offers a ‘high level of client care combined with top level handling of litigation tactics and specialist clinical knowledge‘. As well as spanning a wide range of serious spinal, brain and birth injuries, the team’s expertise also extends to complex cases concerning blindness, organ damage and psychiatric care. ‘Senior statesmanTerrence Donovan leads the group, as well as specialising in catastrophic claims and inquests. Injuries of the utmost severity are also an area of focus for ‘first rate‘ practitioner Richard Lodge, who is singled out by one client for his ‘forensic knowledge‘. The firm is also noted for its talent at associate level, with Punam Sood and Laura Sylvester standing out as key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Terrence Donovan

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lodge; Punam Sood; Laura Sylvester; Aideen McGarry; Kirsty Allen


‘A very capable and extremely dedicated team who go out of their way to achieve excellent results for their clients.’

‘Terry Donovan is extremely experienced, a very steady hand, calm and reassuring. Punam Sood is hugely competent, with a wealth of experience of a wide variety of clinical negligence claims. Excellent judgement.’

‘The team is very collaborative. Senior members ensure each case is subject to regular strategy reviews. Nothing gets missed and the clients can be reassured that their case is getting proper attention and expertise. The technology for sharing papers and bundles is very good indeed.’

‘The team is organised, well-resourced, pleasant to deal with, responsive and collegiate.’

‘Richard Lodge is a first rate partner and a delight to work with. He’s got huge experience of handling brain and spinal injury claims: he has a forensic knowledge of his cases, is wonderful with clients and fights hard to achieve the best results for his clients. Laura Sylvester is equally a joy to work alongside: excellent judgement, compassionate and hard working.’

‘High level of client care combined with top level handling of litigation tactics and specialist clinical knowledge.’

‘As a team they’re hugely approachable, know their stuff inside out, prepare cases immaculately and are a force to come up against.’

‘Terry Donovan is a senior statesman. Hugely experienced. Incredibly calm and reassuring. Lovely manner and wonderful with clients. Kirsty Allen is efficient, hard working, organised and very capable. Punam Sood is bright, diligent and very effective. Aideen McCarry is focused, bright and thorough.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Lady Christine Brownlie in an important claim regarding an issue of jurisdiction of the English Courts for claims involving injuries that occur elsewhere in the world.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP combines expertise in high-net-worth private client litigation with experience in criminal, fraud and media-related disputes and as a result is regularly instructed in high-value and sensitive private wealth disputes. Under the leadership of Ryan Mowat the team has an established name for its work on a range of contentious estate disputes especially complex 1975 Act claims, will validity and proprietary estoppel claims as well as professional negligence claims relating to trusts and estates. A sizeable proportion of its work involves trust disputes across multiple jurisdictions and where there are serious allegations of breach of trust or fraud. Kate Salter and Katherine Pymont are among the other notable members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Mowat

Other key lawyers:

Kate Salter; Katherine Pymont; Anna Metadjer; Sophie Mass


Experts at patiently listening to clients and advising on how best to proceed, but with sufficient tenacity and in-depth knowledge to ensure the right result. Also providing very frank advice on the prospect of succeeding in court, etc.’

‘A very hardworking team who more than hold its own against the biggest firms and names. The lawyers are extremely well-versed in the area and garner the respect of opponents. Ryan Mowat: a very well-known and respected figure who is a steely but calm litigator. Anna Metadjer: very hardworking and efficient; excellent with clients. Katherine Pymont: very bright and perceptive, an up and coming star. Kate Salter: clever and effective, works very hard for the client.’

‘One of the better private client teams in London. Ryan Mowat has a firm reputation and sits amongst the best private client litigators in London. Kate Salter is committed to her clients, knowledgeable and hardworking.

‘A good team who take a flexible approach to helping resolve disputes. Ryan Mowat – very capable, clear thinking and great at handling difficult clients.’

The private client team at Kingsley Napley is excellent and benefits from the cross-over that the firm offers in fraud and commercial litigation. Ryan Mowat is a highly experienced litigator who has seen it all and is ready for every eventuality. Katherine Pymont is delightful to work with and extremely sensible. Kate Salter is hugely popular with clients and will go far.’

‘A firm with some really incredible cases and always a pleasure to work with. Ryan Mowat is one of the best litigators around, very strong tactical awareness.’

Ryan Mowat – the thinking man’s terrier! He has a brilliant strategic mind, and is hugely client friendly, which he allies with being supremely tenacious and tough.’

The team is second to none. Despite its small size, it is involved in many of the best pieces of domestic and international litigation in the area. They’re just really good. I have been instructed by and been on the other side of them in cases, and have been impressed in both regards. They are thorough, well informed, and experienced. Just what good private client litigators should be. Ryan Mowat is excellent. He is hardworking, knowledgeable, and has excellent instincts. He combines detailed knowledge of his cases with a broad strategic overlook. Kate Salter likewise is really good. She is very practical, and knows a lot about her cases. She works hard.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Simon Hardy leads the team at Kingsley Napley LLP that primarily assists clients with property and affairs matters. It is also widening its offering to include advice on health, care and public funding for care through its recent recruitment of Jemma Garside from Boyes Turner. Many of its clients lack capacity due to catastrophic medical negligence or acquired brain injuries. Anita Gill is recognised for her work with the elderly, particularly those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Anita Gill; Jemma Garside; Sameena Munir


‘All the team I worked with at Kingsley Napley was highly professional, understanding and approachable. I could not recommend the team more highly. The lawyers kept me totally informed at every point and gave reassurance and support when needed. Simon Hardy was outstanding together with his assistant Sameena Munir. The support, professionalism and expertise they gave at a difficult time was something I will remember for many years to come‘.

The team refers to each other. Information is promptly passed to the relevant member. I have found members of the team very helpful and patient with me. I know very little about the law and must have asked rather simplistic questions at times. Members of the team have never been patronising or impatient. Any professional that I encounter in the course of business, I expect to be efficient, hardworking and to know their sphere of expertise . Anita and Sameena definitely exceeded my expectations, and combined with such pleasant and warm personalities it was a pleasure to be associated with them. I would definitely recommend them and the firm‘.

‘I have been working with Anita Gill is respect of a COP matter. Anita takes a very sensible, empathetic and practical approach. Anita is proactive and positive‘.

Jemma Garside –  Excellent COP and Community Care solicitor‘.

‘The client care is second to none. I work with a number of different Court of Protection Teams and in my view the team at Kingsley Napley and Simon Hardy is head and shoulders above the rest. They are extremely client focused, responsive and adopt a common sense approach to this area. Simon Hardy is outstanding‘.

‘Each member of the team has knowledge and understanding of the client’s specific needs. I work with Simon Hardy who is engaged, honest, with integrity in his work‘.

‘Jemma Garside is always approachable, providing thoughtful and valuable insight. I have been impressed with her people skills and technical knowledge‘.

The team is v good- COP at all levels and lots of deputyship. Anita Gill and Sameena Munir- worked on a matter with them last year- v good‘.

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Charlotte Bradley at Kingsley Napley LLP has an excellent reputation. On average she conducts six to seven full mediation cases each year which encompasses all types of mediation including mediation with solicitors present or involved in the process. She is recognised for her expertise in financial and children cases and as a result receives a steady flow of instructions from leading law firms. She is, in addition, increasingly receiving referrals directly from clients particularly those in the entertainment industry who have chosen mediation for privacy reasons. Newly-promoted partner Connie Atkinson and senior associate Lauren Evans are well-regarded.


‘Charlotte Bradley is super, full of energy and puts a huge amount of work into her cases, really impressive‘.

Charlotte Bradley, in particular, is excellent at mediating complicated cases‘.

‘Charlotte Bradley – I always include her in my mediation referral list‘.

‘Connie Atkinson – such a pleasure to work with‘.

Connie’s reputation in the mediation field is superb‘.

‘Connie Atkinson is the future. The complete package- bright, caring and way beyond her years‘.

‘Lauren Evans is a bright shining star who will go far. A class act and with the capacity and nature to calm clients and focus on the issues that matter‘.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Charlotte Bradley leads ‘a team of stars‘ at Kingsley Napley LLP that has significantly grown at a senior level recently with the promotion of Abby Buckland and Connie Atkinson to partnership and the recruitment of Will MacFarlane from Royds Withy King. It has a depth of expertise in work involving children as well as finance proceedings and it is recognised for its work with UNHW/HNW and high profile clients in highly contested and complex financial proceedings. Its work frequently involves complex and cross-jurisdictional matters and the team has a longstanding reputation for advising clients in high conflict children and relocation issues along with financial matters. ‘One of the London high-net-worth heavyweight firms. There are many strong and stand-out individuals in the team‘ including Jane Keir and Lauren Evans. Michael Rowlands is now at JMW Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Jane Keir; Lauren Evans; Abby Buckland; Connie Atkinson; Will MacFarlane; Sital Fontenelle; Rachel Freeman; Stacey Nevin; Cady Pearce; Olivia Stiles ; Alexandra Bishop


I routinely describe Kingsley Napley as the best family team in London. It is  the team other family lawyers would wish to have acting for them, as the lawyers give excellent advice, are always thoroughly prepared and are well respected by the judiciary. They are equally comfortable working on cases with huge assets and complex issues as they are with more low key or straightforward matters, and they apply sound judgment, proportionate decision making and first rate legal advice to each case they handle. One of the great strengths of the team is the breadth of talent – the Partners can be as involved or hands-off as the case, and cost, requires as the Associates and trainees are extremely able and they are trained to be confident and capable running cases and making their own decisions when that is appropriate‘.

Charlotte Bradley is at the top of her game. She is very clever, very insightful and really understands how to make the process work for her client. She approaches her cases forensically but sees the people behind the litigation. She is solutions orientated, although when there needs to be a fight she stands her ground. She is in a class of her own. Connie Atkinson is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. She is empathetic and instils confidence in her clients and her team. Her clients feel hugely supported by her.  Sital Fontenelle is an excellent lawyer and understands the role of tactics and pragmatism in the toolkit of a family law solicitor. She is energetic, personable and has a steely commitment to getting the right result for her client. Jane Kier is terrifically impressive. She is a force to be reckoned with. Her poise is legendary and she can look calm and collected while working ferociously and dealing with the most challenging tasks. Abby Buckland has the winning combination of well developed soft skills with impressive legal knowledge and acumen‘.

Charlotte Bradley – Charlotte is the very best in family law, admired for sound judgment and sensitive handling of complex cases. She is trusted by clients, other lawyers and judges to make the right decisions in every case. Connie Atkinson – Connie is super bright and has a brilliant eye for detail. Clients feel incredibly safe in her hands. Sital Fontenelle – Sital has expert judgment and is a powerful fighter for all of her clients. She is fully committed to getting the best outcome for everyone she represents‘.

‘Will MacFarlane – Will is highly experienced and widely trusted by other lawyers. He is passionate about his cases and never loses sight of the bigger picture. Cady Pearce – Cady is particularly strong in financial work, and is a star of the future. Olivia Stiles – I have never failed to be impressed by Olivia’s encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases, even when they are very complex or have been going on for years. She knows every detail without needing to check, which clients love’.

Rachel Freeman is highly experienced in all areas of family law. I recommend clients to her because she identifies fundamental issues very quickly, has excellent judgment and a proactive and constructive approach to problem solving. She has exceptional client care skills. She clearly explains options and possible outcomes to clients at every stage so they fully understand and have control over the steps being taken and decisions being made on their behalf. Rachel is very approachable with natural empathy which helps clients manage a painful process. She is trusted by her clients and respected by those she works with, and against, for her specialist knowledge, good sense and practicality‘.

‘Very well regarded family department with an efficient and business like approach. Well positioned for affluent professionals and entrepreneurs. A highly professional, but very agreeable team, who are complemented by the other skill sets of the firms. Will MacFarlane is a dynamic, engaging, forward-looking solicitor with great client care skills and an unerring ability to identify the right answer quickly and efficiently‘.

The team’s strengths are numerous. The lawyers are strong across the board, from their partners to their paralegals. The Family team is all excellent, whilst also being personable and pragmatic. Uniquely, Kingsley Napley has everything: from good organisation, to good tactical decision-making, to putting up a strong fight, to knowing when concessions are vital. Sital Fontenelle, Connie Atkinson and Rachel Freeman are all fantastic. Alexandra Bishop  also stands out. Sital is calm, cool and collected, incredibly clever and wonderful to work with. Connie is a real team-player and excellent with lay clients. Rachel is driven, strong, and measured. Alexandra is very bright, hard-working and alive to every issue and eventuality‘.

‘A strong team of quality associates. Lauren Evans – leading associate, certainly partner material. I have not worked with a more diligent lawyer. Connie Atkinson – building a strong reputation in litigation and mediation‘.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a high profile HNW individual in contested financial remedy proceedings in the High Court following divorce, which also involve breach of privacy allegations.
  • Achieved an exceptional and unusual financial settlement for the client, which went beyond meeting her financial needs and included a rare compensation award to reflect the promising career she gave up to raise the parties’ family.
  • Representing a mother who wishes to relocate to Sweden with her two children. The children have two different fathers – one consents to the relocation and the other does not, and the first has raised various allegations in relation to abuse and mental health concerns which require a number of experts to prepare reports.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP primarily acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth clients (including politicians, media and sports personalities) on acquisitions and sales of prime real estate in London, as well as country houses. In addition to acting for UK-based clients, the team acts for wealthy individuals (and their families) based in the US, Russia, the Middle East and China. Bethan Owen, who leads the team, is well-versed in the acquisition and disposal of high-end properties. Paul Harbour is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

Other key lawyers:

Paul Harbour; Vanessa Rhodes; Tanya Langridge; Victoria Lowe


‘The team is used to dealing with high value transactions for high-net-worth individuals. These deals can lead to pressurised situations, which they are adept at handling.’

‘Bethan Owen is constantly fighting her client’s corner and is so proactive in getting transactions over the line. If she is acting for you, there will be no time wasted on her part. She is a great collaborator with others.’

‘The unique attributes of the property team at Kingsley Napley are their speed of working, response times and accessibility, all without compromising on attention to detail or the quality of their work.’

‘They maintain the momentum of any transaction, often leaving the other party taken aback by their quick turnaround on information requested or their proactive replies. No transaction appears to be to large or too small to which to apply this modus operandi and it makes them stand out way above other property teams.’

‘Any delegation to her team made by Bethan Owen, partner, appears to be seamless and thorough. Their fees may be more, but you get what you pay for: a first class service, second to none.’

‘Bethan Owen heads up the property team and leads by example in her proactive, enthusiastic attitude and approachability. Above all, we trust her completely to act diligently on our behalf.’

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP's contentious financial services practice brings together experts in criminal litigation, dispute resolution, regulatory issues, public law and employment. With a strength in individual representations, lawyers are regularly instructed in PRA and FCA investigations, and issues related to the senior managers and certification regime. Louise Hodges, a specialist in FCA regulatory investigations, financial crime and complex fraud, jointly leads the team with Jill Lorimer, who is focused on defending individuals facing investigation and prosecution for insider dealing and market abuse. Nicola Finnerty is another expert in financial services investigations, drawing on significant criminal defence experience, as is Jonathan Grimes. Julie Matheson, based in the regulatory department, is another name to note for contentious issues, particularly in relation to financial services-sector partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges; Jill Lorimer


An exceptional team in every department, providing complementary skills for every eventuality. the financial services offering is particularly strong: from market abuse to pension fraud via international corruption this team is rightly seen in the City of London as the most ‘human’ of the top ten London providers.’

Louise Hodges – first choice for City traders and other professionals – she speaks their language and knows their markets inside out. Nicola Finnerty – founding partner of boutique outfit Corker Binning, she has now stepped up to the multi-disciplinary field, where her remarkable drive and innovative thinking have cemented her reputation as an opponent to be admired and feared.’

An excellent team doing excellent work.’

Jill Lorimer – conscientious, hard working and tactically astute.’

The firm has a good mix of people with backgrounds in both criminal and more corporate/commercial type matters and both are highly relevant to this sector.’

Particularly good at working with individuals under regulatory investigation.’

Great coverage of Financial services from a regulatory and criminal angle.’

Jill Lorimer: first rate. Excellent tactician.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP 's health and safety offering calls on expertise within its dispute resolution, employment, public law, and clinical negligence departments. It uses this team integration to advise on the full scope of regulation including: health and safety, fire safety, environmental protection, and safeguarding issues. This combined approach means that the team has extensive expertise in representing individuals/entities under investigation in a tailored way. The team is led by criminal lawyer Jonathan Grimes , whose expertise supports the team's HSE investigation, inquest, and regulatory defence practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Grimes (Criminal Litigation); Melinka Berridge (Regulatory)

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Eales


‘The employment/health and safety department of this firm is dynamic both in the make up of its personnel and the commitment they show to clients. They are a modern, forward looking and diverse team with broad experience of a wide range of employment and health and safety matters.’

‘Kingsley Napley are unusual in that their health and safety work forms part of a wider specialist criminal practice, taking in white collar crime and bribery and other aspects of corporate crime. This enables them to provide their clients with expert advice across the full range of regulatory compliance issues. They are universally well-regarded.’

‘Specialists at acting for senior individuals in health and safety prosecutions. Their considerable background in crime makes them excellent at this.’

Key clients

London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the London Fire Brigade/London Fire Commissioner (LFB) in relation to representation of former employees who have been called to give evidence to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for a raft of politicians, sports and media celebrities as well as business people. Head of department James Ward is a full member of STEP. Jim Sawer has strong connections in the Middle East and is a registered Wills Draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry - he drafts and advises on DIFC-compliant wills. Laura Harper recently joined the team from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP and has particular experience of helping clients with US. connections. 'The whole team has a very strong focus on client service and on working together in a seamless manner'.

Practice head(s):

James Ward

Other key lawyers:

Jim Sawer; Laura Harper; Anita Gill; Joseph Austin


‘The team is flexible, professional and you get a sense that it does care. Always ready to help they are a source of great support for me. James Ward is someone I have a great deal of faith and trust in, easy to work with, with a depth of experience and knowledge that is invaluable. Never talks down to clients as some in the legal profession can do and client feedback is always very positive‘.

‘Practical, highly knowledgeable and excellent communication skills in regards to complex trust matters specifically generational wealth and tax planning. Jim Sawer – first class solicitor, huge depth of knowledge and experience in complicated trust structures. Extremely personable and precise on detail. Highly accommodating and professional‘.

‘I am the executor of a substantial estate being administered by Kingsley Napley LLP by partner Anita Gill and senior estate manager Joseph Austin. The service that I have received has been first rate and I should strongly recommend the firm. The individuals whom I have dealt with not only know their work to the highest level but turn round email and other correspondence by return‘.

The solicitors at Kingsley Napley are very efficient to work as a team and they are quite responsive. They have some experience in cross-border situations and have an interest for such matters, and they have the flexibility which is required to deal with such situations. I have been working with Joseph Austin for many years in cross-border matters and he is always responsive, very accurate and detailed, and open to the fact that different solutions apply outside of England and Wales, which is very important. Joseph is also very nice to work with‘.

A very reliable team always willing to go the extra mile. James Ward and in fact his whole team are incredibly professional and they uphold my high standards‘.

Warm, open and easy to communicate with, refreshing approach to sharing knowledge and supporting client outcomes. Offering a wide array of services, KN is able to deliver a full range of easily accessible services. Jim Sawer is able to cut to the issues and provide easy to understand solutions in a refreshing manner and open and frank way, just what private clients need to help them navigate their wills, powers of attorney or trust matters‘.

‘A highly competent team led by focused partner in James Ward. Strengths in dealing with international clients, particularly those involved with finance and business. James Ward has energised KN since being appointed as head of private client services and remains highly dynamic‘.

‘Extremely professional with good clarity on explaining the processes and procedures involved in the probate process. Joseph Austin was extremely good and helpful throughout the probate exercise for the client who we referred‘.

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

The Kingsley Napley LLP reputation and media team 'go the extra mile' for clients, concentrating on high-profile individuals and corporations. The practice has a particularly strong sports, entertainment and political focus, and is a top choice firm for Formula One drivers and premiership footballers in times of crisis. Practice head Charlotte Harris is 'simply first class', with experience in privacy injunctions, defamation and harassment. In addition to acting for claimants, Helen Morris also acts for defendants; Morris specialises in data protection law and has expertise in libel and privacy litigation.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Harris

Other key lawyers:

Helen Morris; Rosa Malley; Sian Akerman


‘A superb team with considerable depth and experience, and a range of skills. They go the extra mile, making themselves available to clients around the clock and at short notice.’

‘The Kingsley Napley Reputation and Media team has outstanding knowledge and experience across all areas of media, data protection and privacy law. They excel in dealing with complex matters at short notice and on an urgent basis.’

‘Kingsley Napley are at the top of their game with Charlotte Harris as a senior partner in charge of the reputation management team. An outstanding individual in her sector, she provides top-level advice to her high-profile clients and is available 24 hours, whether it is a breaking Sunday story that needs a legal letter or an injunction application. She is simply first class.’

‘The team has an excellent combination of highly experienced partners (including Helen Morris and Charlotte Harris) and dynamic associates (including Rosa Malley and Sian Akerman). In my experience they are highly responsive and efficient, and they excel in attending to the needs of their clients.’

‘Sue Thackeray is highly efficient and extremely effective when it comes to advising on reputation management issues. She thinks through all the options to ensure that the best steps are taken for the client.’

‘I have largely worked with Helen Morris. I have found her to be an incredibly safe pair of hands in a crisis, very knowledgeable about the industry and her practice and a pragmatic advisor. ‘

Key clients

Rebekah Vardy

Arron Banks

Work highlights

  • Representing Rebekah Vardy, wife of the footballer Jamie Vardy, who is suing Coleen Rooney, wife of the footballer Wayne Rooney, over an allegation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook that went viral on 9 October 2019.
  • Acting for British businessman Arron Banks, a political donor and the co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign. Following the EU Referendum in June 2016, Mr Banks (and his associated companies) has been the subject of serious allegations arising out of the funding of Leave.EU’s referendum campaign.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in representing high-net worth individuals and professionals who are involved in tax investigations by HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service. One of the names to note at the firm is David Sleight, who has an 'impressive' tax fraud and financial crime practice. He co-heads the practice with Louise Hodges, who advises on tax evasion cases. Ed Smyth, who is described as 'clever and innovative', handles a range of white-collar crime matters.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges; David Sleight

Other key lawyers:


Kingsley Napley’s tax litigation and investigations team are unique in their combination of cutting edge experience, for example in cum ex investigations, with real world knowledge of how to avoid, or fight and win criminal litigation.’

David Sleight has quietly been building one of the most impressive contested tax practices in London. His clients include hedge funds and big four partners. He is second to none at avoiding prosecution, but if that’s not possible he has the most impressive ability to spot the points that will win. Bright and canny.’

Ed Smyth is a clever and innovative lawyer. Ed is personable as well as being a fighter.’

Kingsley Napley are a well known firm in the financial crime field. Their work on HMRC investigations compliments their leading work in this field.’

Louise Hodges is a wise and experienced lawyer who is unflappable in a crisis.’

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP stands out for its representation of clients in the regulated financial and professional services sectors. In addition to its deep well of expertise in day-to-day employer issues, the group is noted for its record in highly sensitive cases of sexual misconduct in accountancy and law firms. Practice head Corinne Aldridge excels in advising on equal opportunities-related issues and investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Other names to note include SMCR expert Adrian Crawford, internal investigations specialist Nikola Southern and Andreas White, who shines in mandates containing multi-jurisdictional considerations.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge

Other key lawyers:


They were smart, thought outside of the box and were sensitive to what we needed rather than just box-ticking.’

Corinne Aldridge is excellent. Thorough, pragmatic, makes herself available and cost-effective.’

Nick Ralph was able to cut through to the heart of the matter without getting bogged down in minutiae – very commercial, approachable and likeable.’

Corinne Aldridge has a good cultural understanding of the work environment in an international financial services firm. She grasps employment issues quickly and gives very clear and decisive advice and guidance.’

Our contacts seek to know our business well. They are very timely in their responses. They are very flexible by the channels we have contact with them.’

Key clients



Augustus Martin

Lime FMS


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP's recent commercial leasing work has included several high-value lease extensions, pre-lets and surrenders. Elsewhere, the firm's other work spans investment acquisitions and disposals, asset management and financing transactions. The practice is led by Bethan Owen, who has specialist expertise in prime Central London assets.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

Other key lawyers:

Paul Harbour


‘Paul Harbour is fantastic in this area. Creative thinking and able to come up with solutions. He goes above and beyond for his clients to try to give them the outcome they want and make deals happen.’

Extremely personable and straightforward to deal with. All members of the team give you their undivided attention.

Paul Harbour is a very capable real estate lawyer. He really cares about the work and us as a client, and clearly enjoys the technical aspects of the law he practises.’

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

Kingsley Napley LLP is known for bringing together expertise in complex internal investigations with deep knowledge of a wide scope of corporate criminal liability issues. The team is excellent with money laundering and fraud matters. Clients also benefit from the firm’s litigation management group, which includes costs lawyers with project managers. Key contacts include: investigations group lead Caroline Day; corporate crime department head Alun Milford; and Louise Hodges, who leads the criminal litigation team. Barrister Aaron Watkins joined the team from Cloth Fair Chambers in early 2022; he has a track record of representing companies in major cases.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Parkinson; Sophie Wood; Philip Salvesen; Nicola Finnerty; Aaron Watkins


‘Kingsley Napley’s corporate crime team is small but perfectly formed! They have a superb presence in this area and are widely regarded as a go-to firm for complex, high-profile litigation. They have partnerships around the globe with excellent teams and are commercially astute to the client’s objectives.’

‘Caroline Day is easy to get on with and hugely knowledgeable about all issues that arise when representing corporate clients in financial investigations.’

‘Alun Milford is an asset to the firm and has brought his wealth of experience from the Serious Fraud Office to the private sector with great effect.’

‘Louise Hodges is a wise and experienced lawyer who is unflappable in a crisis.’

‘We have worked with Kingsley Napley on a number of occasions. Most recently, with Nicola Finnerty, on a confidential regulatory matter where the licensing and criminal investigation overlapped. We were impressed with Nicola’s thoroughness and strategy and the way she was able to keep the client on board through a very difficult process.’

‘We had an unusual project, and Kingsley Napley’s attorneys worked hard to understand the nature of the challenges we were facing. They outlined and followed a sensible approach to the project, but they also were able and willing to be flexible as needed. Their legal work was thorough and insightful. They kept us informed of their progress throughout, and were highly responsive to our questions and comments at all times.’



Key clients


A large charity

Work highlights

  • Advising Tesco PLC in respect of its obligations under the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement agreed with the SFO in 2017.
  • Conducting an independent investigation for a major charity in a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

With 'excellent knowledge of the banking sector', Kingsley Napley LLP's banking litigation team is popular among individuals, entrepeneurs and SMEs bringing claims against banks. The group handles the full spectrum of criminal, regulatory and civil contentious matters across the banking arena and is particularly active in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation. Practice head Richard Foss, Sue Thackeray (who frequently handles multijurisdiction disputes), the 'highly experienced' Fiona Simpson, and the 'tough and seasoned litigator' William Christopher are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:

Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; William Christopher; Jemma Brimblecombe; Mary Young; Emily Grieg


A compact and tight-knit team that has excellent knowledge of the banking sector and real specialism in civil fraud matters. Very strong client handling and management skills.

Fiona Simpson is a highly experienced partner who is no-nonsense and applies a huge amount of common sense to every problem, always seeking the right practical solution for the client

Will Christopher is a highly knowledgeable partner with a formidable mind. He is a tough and seasoned litigator. Jemma Brimblecombe is an excellent senior associate. Extremely diligent and thoroughly on top of all the detail of a case, however complex.’

Kingsley Napley is a lesser-known player in this area but has a raft of quality lawyers in its ranks, who are also very human and approachable. They understand clients and also know how to deal with counsel.

They are the right firm for entrepreneurs, individuals and small to medium-sized corporates. They can more than hold their own against the bigger city firms but by clients are more likely to get a more individualised service, more partner contact and a more streamlined and continuous service than the larger firms.’

Mary Young – she has a steely-eyed focussed. Does not give up and will keep fighting for her client even when the outlook is pretty hopeless – AND when the outlook is pretty hopeless she manages to swing a result. She also has a real interest in the law. Emily Grieg – an up and coming associate – one to watch.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5

The professional negligence team at Kingsley Napley LLP  has doubled in size over the past four years. In addition to its core professional negligence offering to claimants with disputes against banks, law firms or financial services firms, clients are able to benefit from the firm's related strength in areas such as criminal law, civil fraud and media/reputation management. Ryan Mowat leads the practice and has expertise in complex professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, fund managers, IFAs and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Mowat

Other key lawyers:


‘ As well as comprising excellent lawyers, the team can cope with the largest pieces of litigation and consistently demonstrate impressive strategic insight. They are also strong in advising on professional indemnity insurance.’

‘Fiona Simpson (partner) is an excellent commercial litigator, with experience of some very high value professional liability litigation, especially in the fields of brokers’ negligence and complex financial claims. 

Key clients

Goal Taxback Ltd

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP's sports department is known for its ‘hugely impressive depth of knowledge’ - the team is able to call upon criminal, defamation, immigration, corporate, commercial, regulatory and private client knowhow, among other practice areas. Sue Thackeray, who heads the group, is described as being 'so reassuring and capable she almost makes litigation a joy’. She predominantly focuses on contentious motorsport and football matters; other fields of activity include tennis, equestrian sports and breeding, hockey and basketball.

Practice head(s):

Sue Thackeray

Other key lawyers:

David Sleight; Sarah Harris; Charlotte Harris


‘Sue Thackeray is a standout partner.  She knew how to apply her industry-focused legal expertise to help me handle the legal issues unique to patent litigation. Sue is very responsive, engaged and balanced. We worked together as a strong cross-jurisdictional and cross-practice team to serve our client and get a winning result.’

‘Communication with the client, dedication, judgement and hard work.’

‘Sue Thackeray has outstanding relationships with clients and delivers outstanding results.’

‘The team’s depth of knowledge is hugely impressive. Technically very competent with a can-do attitude. Level-headed commercial advice.’

‘My dealings are mainly with Sue Thackeray and her team. Sue is very commercial and her clear thinking makes difficult situations much easier. Always available to help and where necessary act as a sounding board which is invaluable when having to make difficult decisions.’

‘The team has some very bright lawyers, including Sue Thackeray, and the quality of its legal analysis compares favourably with departments at competing firms. At the same time, the team’s interpersonal and client handling skills are superb.’

‘The sports practice is excellent at working with overseas attorneys on the often unique disputes that impact upon professional sports personnel. The team worked well with me, displaying thoughtful and calm balance and wisdom. Their industry expertise was invaluable in my understanding how the legal issues I was handling applied in the context of a the sport.’

Work highlights

  • Acting in F1 team contractual negotiations and numerous sponsorship matters; and acting in successful striking out of patent proceedings in US.
  • Acting in a $700m share sale dispute relating to leading international sports management company.
  • Successfully representing  a Premiership footballer in relation to sexual assault charges.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Kingsley Napley LLP fields ‘excellently resourced teams with expert knowledge’, which excel at ICO enforcement proceedings, reputation management issues, compliance work and FOIA requests. Emily Carter leads the practice.

The firm: : A 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.

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
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 photo Michael CaplanMichael is a consultant 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…
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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 EalesHannah 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 FinnertyNicola 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 Legal counsel specialising primarily in EC law relating to free movement of…
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…
Laura Harper  photo Laura Harper Laura 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 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 Head of Department
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…
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 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 NewburyKatie is a Senior Associate in Kingsley Napley’s Immigration team and she…
Rebecca Niblock photo Rebecca NiblockRebecca 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 PaulSandra has extensive experience in criminal and related litigation. Her practice spans…
Nicolas Rollason  photo Nicolas Rollason Nick 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…
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 SmythEd has a long and successful track record representing individuals across the…
Punam Sood photo Punam SoodPunam is a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury…
Nikola Southern photo Nikola SouthernNiki 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…
Sue Thackeray  photo Sue Thackeray Sue 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 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 Partner
Mary Young photo Mary YoungMary specialises in civil fraud litigation, often with an international aspect.Her clients…
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 263

Kingsley Napley LLP is committed to being a responsible business and a great company to work for.

Our responsible business programme covers six areas: Business Conduct, Charities and Community, Diversity and Inclusion, Environment, Pro Bono and Wellbeing. This programme is underpinned by the firm’s inclusive, supportive culture and strong values of teamwork and respect, integrity and fairness, understanding and commitment.

Thanks to this unwavering focus on our people, our clients and the communities in which we live and work, we are delighted to have been named the leading law firm in the 100 Best Companies to Work for list for four years in a row, including the latest list in 2021.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With an expert reputation in criminal and regulatory law, a balance between individual and business legal matters, and a ‘reputation for a comfortable and friendly workplace’, Kingsley Napley is a City firm that does things a little differently. The firm is highly praised for its culture and genuine D&I commitments, with ‘various subgroups (i.e. BAME, LGBTQ and Allies, Social Mobility, etc) and the drive to make the firm and the legal profession as a whole more diverse’ a part of the firm’s culture. At Kingsley Napley ‘you are not just a number - there is a very small trainee intake, and the firm cares about your development’. As one trainee puts it, ‘I think the work/life balance is much better, the social side is brilliant and there is a genuine commitment to responsible business which everyone is encouraged to get involved in’. Negatives include ‘the firm's lengthy NQ process compared to other City firms which are often just an informal interview’ and the ‘salary is lower compared to peers’. Covid’s impact has been lessened by the strength of the firm's culture: ‘working from home has not been ideal as a trainee, but I would rather be in this situation at KN than anywhere else’. Highlights include the ‘CPS offering no evidence for a prosecution’ and ‘receiving positive feedback from a leading QC on a piece of work I had personally done on a case, and a blog I wrote being picked up by a legal journal for publication’. Kingsley Napley has a lot to offer and is worth watching.