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Kingsley Napley LLP Offices
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Kingsley Napley LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsKingsley Napley LLP is lauded by clients as ‘arguably the best firm of criminal solicitors in the country‘, with the ‘extraordinary‘ team headed by Louise Hodges, Sandra Paul, and David Sleight. Hodges leads in criminal litigation, while Paul and Sleight co-lead on general crime. The practice is experienced in advising both UK and international clients on the full spectrum of general crime matters, with recent work including advice on sexual misconduct allegations within the workplace, attempted murder, driving offences, and fraud. Other key team members include Rebecca Niblock, who is highly experienced in extradition matters, pre-charge advice specialist Ed Smyth, and Matthew Hardcastle, who was promoted to partner in May 2023. Associates Edward Jones, Rebecca Smart, Emily Elliott, and Maeve Keenan are also names to note within the team.
Louise Hodges; Sandra Paul; David Sleight
Other key lawyers:
‘Kingsley Napley are arguably the best firm of criminal solicitors in the country. They have always recruited extremely well, resulting in a team packed with high calibre lawyers who deliver outstanding levels of service and client care. They have first-rate facilities and resources, a very effective team of support staff, and a reputation that immediately secures an attentive response to correspondence in litigation.’
‘Sandra Paul is truly exceptional and is well known throughout the profession for her capability and dedication. Matthew Hardcastle is one of the brightest and best of his generation.’
‘The team around Sandra Paul, Matt Hardcastle and Maeve Keenan is highly professional, and every client should honour their honesty, professionalism and profound in-depth analysis of all options. Their thoughts do not only include the easy and obvious ones, but they are mind-blowing brilliant. Working with and being represented by them is the best decision.’
‘The team is incredibly diligent and insightful. Their skill in dealing with our particular situation was impressive.’
‘Sandra Paul, Maeve Keenan and the team possess a rare combination of professional skill and human compassion, making them an extraordinary team.’
‘My primary involvement was with Matthew Hardcastle, an exceptional partner, working in the field of youth crime. The 24hr emergency helpline was invaluable, as was the calm and reassuring manner in which the firm moved swiftly to deal with both police and youth offending teams.’
‘David Sleight – a lawyer who makes things happen, right at the top of his game, and has the best judgement in the game. So shrewd and focused. Matt Hardcastle – an amazing lawyer. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law, which he deploys to great effect. A go-to lawyer who will take every good point there is in the case and will invariably come out on top. Emily Elliott – just superb with the facts of the case and with clients. A dream to work with.’
Other key lawyers:
‘Kingsley Napley is a wonderful standout firm with talent and expertise at all levels. This is a highly experienced team.’
‘Jonathan Grimes is a superb lawyer with an uncanny ability to predict how a case is likely to fare as it progresses from investigation to trial. He has wonderful judgement and inspires confidence.’
‘Kingsley Napley have a great team with varied and longstanding experience in this area. They are one of the market leaders.’
‘Louise Hodges provides great leadership for the team and has dealt with many of the most high-profile cases in the last twenty years.’
‘Louise Hodges and Sandra Paul are both outstanding.’
‘Rebecca Niblock: brings client dedication, deep legal knowledge, and stamina for hard work. Collectively, they make her indispensable to any difficult case.’
‘Edmund Smyth is knowledgeable and personable in equal measure; able to achieve outcomes others can’t through sheer force of reasonableness.’
‘Aaron Watkins and Rebecca Niblock are especially strong in cross border white collar work. Energetic, expert and engaging – they have the X factor in the big cases.’
Government of the United States v Mike LYNCH
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has intricate knowledge of disciplinary committees’ procedures, and is able to rely on this experience when it comes to advising clients.’
‘Julie Matheson and Kathryn Sheridan are both very experienced in the field and provide sound legal advice. Clients especially appreciate their commitment and dedication to providing a personal service.’
‘Very experienced in regulatory matters, particularly in presenting. They take a sensible but firm approach to cases.’
‘Hannah Eales is a standout practitioner. Excellent advocate.’
‘Jessica Clay is smart and thinks on her feet, but she also reflects on things and comes up with well thought-out ways to move forward.’
‘Iain Miller has a huge amount of experience that clients can draw on.‘
‘Julie Norris – excellent, intelligent and tough. Always on top of her brief and fully understands the legal framework and nuances of the work she does.’
‘Shannett Thompson is extraordinarily smart, and picks up on cases’ every detail. Manages client expectations very well whilst fighting extremely hard for them.’
General Dental Council
Architects Registration Board
Education Workforce Council of Wales
Architects Registration Board
Slater & Gordon UK
- Acted for Slater & Gordon in relation to an investigation by the SRA into historic regulatory breaches that had been reported to the SRA.
‘They are extremely responsive and very clear in their advice.‘
‘Katie Newbury is excellent in all immigration areas related to adoption and surrogacy. I have worked with her for years and trust her judgment from the immigration side of thing. She is knowledgeable and pragmatic.’
‘Kingsley Napley are at the top of their game for private immigration work. Their cases are meticulously well-prepared and well resourced. They are strategic in their approach, thinking in terms of, for example, publicity and press management as well as management of the case in court.’
‘I have worked closely this year with Oliver Oldman and Katie Newbury. Both have been outstanding in their approach, providing a service which was second to none. Their client case skills were outstanding. Oliver is meticulous in his approach to the law and case management. Katie is extremely clever and committed to her clients.’
‘The team is very large which means that clients can expect a partner or associate plus two junior members, ensuring prompt and efficient responses to calls, emails and a very high level of client engagement.‘
‘Nicolas Rollason has exceptional knowledge and experience. Katie Newbury and Oliver Oldman are both highly experienced in personal and business immigration and asylum matters.’
‘Extremely knowledgeable and very responsive!‘
‘Katie Newbury is an excellent partner and provided outstanding case management and team oversight. She ensured the team was always on track and that I was always fully appraised of what to expect. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law and was very attuned to the nuances of the Home Office at the time. Her insights were invaluable and saved me both time and money.‘
Other key lawyers:
‘Adrian Crawford was invaluable during the proceedings. He was always calm, patient and ensured he got the best possible result.’
‘The level of care and attention, in addition to the all-important superb knowledge and technical skills, was invaluable.’
‘The team’s professionalism and knowledge of the field was very strong.’
‘Nick Ralph has exemplary knowledge of the law and tried various methods in order to achieve the best possible outcome. He was methodical and very professional throughout negotiations.’
‘My experience is of the team working well together with a seamless service.’
Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM
- Advised Dame Cressida Rose Dick on her departure from the Metropolitan Police.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Chapman; Nick Wrightson; Emily Carter; Nick De Mulder
‘The team is very focussed and ensures that the right people are in situ to provide the right advice. I also find them extremely organised in terms of setting out clearly what their terms are, their likely costs and their contractual arrangements. The advice given is very precise and detailed and the quality of their correspondence is exceptional.’
‘Nick Wrightson and Adam Chapman are both extremely approachable and I feel I can contact either of them at a moment’s notice.’
‘Dealing with the practice was smooth and uneventful to the extent that administering my case was never worrying. My attention could easily concentrate on the excellent professional advice and information I was given.’
‘They kept me abreast of developments without having to be pursued, were clearly quick to grasp the essentials within my issues, and had a friendly and reassuring demeanour throughout.’
‘A superb mixed team of specialists able to cater for any administrative or public law case.’
‘Key star is Nick Wrightson, a new partner with an outstanding judicial review and public law practice. Nick is able to turn his hand to anything. He is highly knowledgeable, experienced, creative and inventive.’
‘Singularly exceptional attention to detail and preparation for hearing makes them a dream to work with.’
‘Reliable, organised, calm – everything a professional client could want. An attentiveness to the needs of the lay client which marries the personal and empathetic with the practical and pragmatic.’
Payment Systems Regulator
Superintendent Robyn Williams
The Institute of Faculty of Actuaries
Kate Brunner KC (in her capacity as Chair of the Isle of Man Independent COVID Review)
University of Cambridge
The Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales
18 former employees of the London Fire Brigade
Intellectual Property Regulation Board
Free Speech Union
- Acting for the Payment Systems Regulator in the judicial review being brought against it.
- Acted for Superintendent Williams in successfully resisting a judicial review by the Metropolitan Police seeking to have her dismissed.
- Acted for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in defending a judicial review challenging the independence and impartiality of its disciplinary structure.
Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller
Other key lawyers:
‘Top quality private client department and employment lawyers at affordable prices. They are hidden gems.’
‘The team is easy to deal with, very accessible and quick to understand the details of the situation/case.’
‘Nick Ralph is very understanding and pleasant to deal with, has good knowledge of the legals and is quick to understand the situation as it develops.’
‘A good team spanning employment and partnership disputes. They have good experience of dealing with senior executives and partners.’
‘Corinne Aldridge is a great litigator and adviser. She handles very sensitive cases calmly, sensibly and with good judgment. Clients can have confidence in her advice.’
Other key lawyers:
William Christopher; Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young
‘The team are a cohesive and supportive unit with different personalities and approaches and as a consequence innovative and self challenging. Each are great lawyers at the top of their game for their respective levels. Sue Thackeray is a wonderful lead.’
‘Sue Thackeray – partner – innovative, robust and confident. She knows the law and makes it work to best effect. She works incredibly hard and effectively and has a memory for detail. You could not wish for a better lawyer to have your back.
‘The team has a very strong profile for fraud-related work, and boasts a deep bench of strong and capable partners.’
‘Sue Thackeray is a powerhouse, the most commercially focused solicitors I have worked with who fights fearlessly to promote her client’s interests and gets great results.’
‘Mary Young is a real rising star, very capable fraud lawyer with a bright future.’
‘William Christopher is user-friendly and highly competent.’
‘This is a very strong team and benefits from the synergy which the firm has in having strong cross-departmental ability and experience.’
‘The breadth of their service line and experience across the teams.’
Surge Financial Ltd and Paul Careless
Stephen Doran as liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company
- Acting for James Buchanan as a defendant to part of the wide-ranging and complex case brought by Ras Al Khaimah (which also involves Neil Gerrard and Dechert) involving allegations of hacking, torture, misuse of private information, conspiracy to injure, unlawful means conspiracy and perjury.
- Defending Surge Financial Ltd and Paul Careless in a multi-million pound claim involving serious allegations of fraud against the clients.| |The case requires us to advise on Insolvency Act applications, proprietary injunctions/freezing orders, criminal restraint orders and the criminal case being pursued by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
- Acting for Stephen Doran as liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company as claimant in a multi-million pound claim to recover the proceeds of a pension fraud.
Other key lawyers:
‘One of the best mid-market commercial litigation firms in London, with a hugely busy and successful disputes team.’
‘The team at Kingsley Napley is calm, measured, and has the ability to be reassuring and focused in times of extreme stress.’
‘Fiona Simpson leads a good team. Experienced and easy to work with.’
‘Sue Thackeray is a hugely experienced, highly effective litigator and negotiator, who always sees the bigger picture.’
‘William Christopher – a tough, smart, talented, and much-in-demand lawyer, who is technically excellent and tactically wise. A very impressive operator.’
‘Mary Young – a fabulous, tenacious and intelligent litigator, who leaves no stone unturned in support of her client’s interests.’
‘Michael Mulligan has the ability to deconstruct complex legal issues and explain them in straightforward ways – a dogged advocate for his clients.’
‘Laurence Clarke – a standout senior associate with a bright future. Articulate and analytical, with a wisdom beyond his years.’
‘Michael Tyler leads a team of costs lawyers who are both excellent at what they do and extremely personable. They are always a joy to work with.’
‘The costs lawyers get on top of the facts and nuances of the case quickly and are able to advise on the available legal arguments to secure the best result for the client.’
‘Michael Tyler – partner. Excellent and highly efficient lawyer. Able to assimilate large amounts of complex facts and identify the key legal arguments. Calm and logical approach. Extremely knowledgeable.’
‘Michael Tyler – simply first-class and a leader in his field. ‘
‘Michael Tyler is one of the best costs lawyers in the business, with an acute eye for detail and an excellent black letter lawyer.’
‘Michael Tyler is very personable and technically strong.’
‘Friendly team who work hard to meet the needs of their clients.’
‘Really good, friendly and highly competent team at all levels.’
- Acting in ground-breaking costs cases such as in relation to arbitral awards.
- Advising in international arbitrations on applications security for costs.
- Advising in privacy proceedings for high net worth individuals.
Jonathan Grimes; Melinka Berridge
Other key lawyers:
Hannah Eales; Nicola Finnerty
‘Kinglsey Napley are excellent at representing individuals charged with health and safety offences.’
‘Jonathan Grimes is an excellent tactician.’
‘Melinka Berridge is a hard working, client-focused lawyer, collegiate and strategic in her approach. Hannah Eales has great attention-to-detail. Jonathan Grimes has excellent judgement on sensitive health and safety cases with a criminal angle.’
‘Hannah Eales is bright, diligent and a great team player, responsive to clients needs; Jonathan Grimes thinks outside of the box and is an excellent strategist; Alfie Cranmer is up and coming in the area; and Melinka Berridge is an excellent lawyer.’
‘The team at Kingsley Napley continues to expand its profile in this field with a growing expertise in construction and fire safety.’
‘Melinka Berridge is the driving force behind the firm’s increasing presence in this field. She is a shrewd tactician with impeccable judgment and a deep understanding of health and safety legislation with a specialism in fire safety issues. She is calm, assured and approachable with a growing reputation as a leader in the field.’
‘Hannah Eales is recognized as a specialist in fire safety. She is a bright, hardworking and persuasive advocate with a down-to-earth approach which clients appreciate.’
‘Melinka Berridge is utterly exceptional, she is at the very top of her subject areas and absolutely comfortable with every aspect and level. Hannah Eales is careful, clever and calm – a fabulous presence in a team.’
London Fire Brigade
London Fire Commissioner
Other key lawyers:
‘Ryan Mowat is absolutely brilliant. Such sound judgment. Dedicated, calm and a very shrewd litigator always thinking several steps ahead of where you are. His team are incredibly hard-working and bright. They include Katherine Pymont, who is an extremely able and dependable partner in the making. Anna Metajder is meticulous, industrious and indefatigable.’
‘A really top-notch team from top-to-bottom who have great experience in acting for clients of all types up to the most HNW individuals and their families. Ryan Mowat is a very hands-on partner, but his associates are all outstanding too.’
‘Ryan Mowat is one of the big names in the practice area who has vast experience and is able to navigate through the most complex problems, offering expert, practical advice but also cutting through the legalities to reach a pragmatic solution’.
‘Anna Metadjer is wise far beyond her years: she really understands the law in this area and is incredibly forensic. A real rising star. Cally Brosnan is quite newly qualified but is extremely bright and has a great manner with clients.’
‘Ryan Mowat is an excellent strategist. Katherine Pymont is a very intuitive and clever lawyer. Sophie Mass and Anna Metadjer are also excellent’.
‘Partner Ryan Mowat is an experienced strategy maestro. His knowledge and canny insight make him the go-to man for private client, contentious trusts and probate matters. Ryan is ably assisted by Laura Phillips who brings her own impressive knowledge and skills set.’
‘Kate Salter has proven to be an absolute wealth of knowledge regarding our case. Going above and beyond to help me feel supported and looked after. I really can’t speak highly enough of this firm and Kate herself. Her help has saved our home and secured our son’s legal identity. It is life changing help.’
‘Ryan Mowat is quite simply one of the best in the business. He is commercial, knows the law and a delight to work with. Laura Phillips’ star continues to rise, rightly recognised by her recent promotion to Legal Director. She is a safe pair of hands and a reassuring presence for clients in emotional litigation.’
‘Ryan Mowat is an absolutely stand-out individual and his versatility in being able to adapt to the demands of various sorts of litigation is impressive. He leads by example and has the support of a keen, bright and incredibly dedicated team’.
‘The Court of Protection team brings a wealth of experience to cases with a mixed property and affairs and health and welfare aspect. In particular, the team’s experience in managing deputyships and associated care issues is particularly impressive’.
‘Jemma Garside is genuine Court of Protection specialist with in-depth knowledge of all manner of property and affairs and health and welfare applications and is very good at client management’.
‘This is a team which is clearly really passionate about protecting the interests of their clients. Simon Hardy is a very sensible Deputy, with his clients’ best interests at heart’.
‘Anita Gill is understanding, kind and pragmatic. Her ability to handle complex family dynamics is second to none and she is a credit to her firm, profession and the Court of Protection’.
‘Simon Hardy is very capable and is very client focused. He is very understanding and respects and empowers clients whenever possible. Simon is very client focused and understands the need to keep costs down whenever possible. He nevertheless will endeavour to go the extra mile’.
‘Ryan Mowat is a brilliant litigator. He is completely unflappable, has a mastery of tactics and strategy, and has an eye for the most important point in a case. Clients love him’.
‘Anita Gill has vast experience, is fastidious and hard-working and provides confidence to clients. First rate’.
‘Hugely talented team with depth and breadth that is hard to beat. Charlotte Bradley has outstanding and clear thinking judgment. Hugely supportive of her clients – she has a very loyal following’.
‘The mediation team operates against the background of a large and very experienced family law team. This provides them with a depth of understanding and experience in the field of mediation. The mediators are highly experienced, hands-on and pragmatic’.
‘ Charlotte brings to bear a great depth of experience in family law. Arising from this she has invaluable judgement as to the shape and likely future of a case. Thus, as a mediator, she can fulfil her role in an informed context’.
‘Connie is a very able and hard working partner in the firm. She has extensive experience of the difficulties of family litigation and is able to bring this to bear in her mediation work’.
‘They understand the sector and have a good balance of DR and litigators. Charlotte Bradley – always on my list of mediators’.
‘With a depth of experience, the Kingsley Napley team are second to none. Charlotte Bradley heads the team and she has a vast experience of dealing with ultra-high net-worth complex cases’.
‘Kingsley Napley are fast becoming one of the go to firms for their mediation work. The number of excellent mediators (often being trained at senior associate level) results in an outstanding pool of talent to chose from’.
‘Lauren Evans is calm, measured and fair. Kingsley Napley have a superb range of mediators within their family team. Charlotte Bradley leads the team with a number of fellow partners now qualified as mediators including the newly made up Stacey Nevin’.
Private client > Family Tier 2The ‘phenomenal’ Charlotte Bradley heads the family law department at Kingsley Napley LLP, which hosts ‘a constellation of brilliant lawyers who are at the top of their game and well-respected in the profession’. Praised for representing its clients with ‘passion and panache’, it offers the full package, with expertise in children and finance work. The practice frequently represents many high-net-worth and high-profile clients. Jane Keir is a divorce specialist with an international finance practice, and Sital Fontenelle is well-regarded for her significant experience in complex divorce proceedings, including cases with jurisdictional issues, off-shore trusts, business assets, and inherited wealth. There are many other talented members of the department, such as Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Rachel Freeman, and Abby Buckland. Another highlight is Stacey Nevin’s promotion to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Kingsley Napley family department has the strongest offering of talent of any family department in London, from top to bottom. Its best feature is its strength in depth, as the senior partners down to the most junior paralegals are all equally brilliant.’
‘Charlotte Bradley she is widely respected for her sound judgement and ability to predict the outcome of a case, while Connie Atkinson is exceptionally able with a brilliant ability to read the unsaid issues in a case. She knows when to fight and when to settle, and how best to do both.’
‘Olivia Stiles has superb client care and is really bright. Sital Fontenelle has excellent judgment and super strategic instincts. Will MacFarlane has terrific client care and is a great team player. He can bring the best out in others.’
‘Superb team with all-round expertise in finance, children and international cases. Connie Atkinson and Rachel Cooper are the standout performers.’
‘Charlotte Bradley is wonderful; the queen of her department and a brilliant lawyer. Jane Keir is the epitome of what a family lawyer should be; graceful and elegant in her approach, but has a steely centre that can always mould and influence the results she obtains. A class act.’
‘Connie Atkinsion is one of the best there is. A real star and climbing her way to the very top, where she belongs. Brilliant all-round skills and a joy to work with. Lauren Evans is just the calmest lawyer out there. She is way beyond her years in terms of lawyer skills and is definitely one to watch for the future.’
‘Will MacFarlane is a finance specialist with good children knowledge and experience. A pleasure to work with, he has significant litigation experience which really shines through in his work and cases.’
‘Abby Buckland is a real leader. The way that she treats her colleagues and clients gets the best out of everybody involved in her practice. Stacey Nevin has excellent judgment and technical skills. She is a champion for her clients.’
- Acting for a respondent mother in an application brought by her ex-civil partner regarding parentage and jurisdiction issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kingsley Napley is without doubt the leading law firm when it comes to crypto-backed property purchases. They understand the nuances of crypto technology, how funds are transferred and, most importantly, what the risks are’.
‘They are willing to deploy risk solutions in order to increase their knowledge and comfort in dealing with the sector’.
‘ALL of the people we have dealt with at KN are innovative, responsive, extremely thorough and natural problem solvers. These traits have allowed them to take a clear lead when it comes to onboarding crypto clients’.
‘Bethan Owen runs a strong real estate team. Without question, she is what makes this practice unique. She always responds extremely promptly and effectively. She is the most conscientious lawyer I have ever experienced in her diligence and focus’.
‘Bethan’s communication skills are one of her greatest strengths and combined with a good sense of humour whilst remaining totally professional, she is a pleasure to deal with’.
‘Bethan Owen is outstanding in the way she listens, she responds quickly and efficiently, is always enthusiastic, positive and proactive. Her manner is always courteous, however aggressive the other party’s lawyer may be’.
‘Bethan has a knack of simplifying a complex issue and explaining things in a way which is easy to understand. She makes you feel you are important to her, whatever the level of engagement required. Her combination of attributes is rare to find in a top London law firm, and being in her capable hands is always a great relief’.
‘Bethan Owen is very impressive. Bethan moves the deal forward very well, but she is also a really pleasant person to deal with’.
Louise Hodges; Jill Lorimer
Other key lawyers:
Nicola Finnerty; Julie Matheson; James Alleyne
‘Good knowledge across the breadth of the area.’
‘Jill Lorimer: a standout for contentious FS work. She also understands the criminal aspect extremely well. Definitely one to have on your side, and not against you!’
‘I have been very impressed indeed by Jill Lorimer’s encyclopaedic knowledge and acute analysis.’
‘Jill Lorimer handles challenging and sensitive regulatory issues in the field of financial services with exceptional skill.’
‘Fantastic strength in depth.’
‘Louise Hodges is a star. Stand-out in the market.’
‘The KN team is well established and provides an excellent service. We work a lot with them, they are experts, dynamic and responsive.’
‘Jill Lorimer is excllent.’
Other key lawyers:
David Sleight; Alun Milford; Louise Hodges
‘Waqar Shah is extremely knowledgeable and beyond tax litigation finds time to update clients on general tax compliance matters which may be of relevance, so there is a real value-added service.’
‘The team is savvy, deeply experienced and highly attentive to the needs of clients.’
‘Waqar Shah is an outstanding advisor and tactician. He provides cool, calm and sophisticated insights into the issues facing his clients and then deals with those issues quickly and effectively. Waqar truly relieves clients of the burdens they carry and is the best advocate I have ever worked with.’
‘Kingsley Napley’s contentious tax practice is unique in its ability to combine multi-disciplinary civil litigation experience with true top-of the-range criminal lawyers.’
‘David Sleight is a powerhouse of energy and dedication. He’s a great lawyer and strategist and extremely persuasive. A combination that time after time secures the best results for his clients.’
‘David Sleight is a developing presence in the tax investigation market. He has a solid understanding of how HMRC investigations work.’
Other key lawyers:
‘James Bell, who heads up the clinical negligence team, is highly experienced and driven. He has excellent judgment and is a safe pair of hands for all sizes of claim. Really goes the extra mile for his clients.’
‘Eurydice Cote is knowledgeable, hardworking, intelligent and has a very good manner when dealing with clients.’
‘Cases are extremely well run, properly prepared, and sensibly litigated. The team has good industry knowledge, and enjoys the skills and resources to operate at the highest level.’
‘Laura Sylvester is a newly-appointed partner, and is very deserving of that status. She is very sensible and fair-minded, but takes every point that should be taken. She is very collegiate in her approach to running cases, and gets good results, while always thinking commercially in the claimant’s interests. She is fantastic to work with.’
‘The clinical negligence team are willing to work with opponents in an innovative and collaborative way, saving costs and time when resolving cases.’
‘Extremely reliable and highly competent clinical negligence lawyers, with an excellent network of top-level expert witnesses and strong attention to detail in management of evidence. The team enjoys strong leadership and clients receive advice which is timely and accurate and are well supported to make decisions.’
‘Richard Lodge is exceptional to work with, a lovely man whose knowledge of clinical matters is unrivalled and who brings enormous care and attention to detail to all his cases. He is extremely experienced in spinal cord injury and brain injury cases and understands the nuance of the clinical materials better than anyone. Richard is a great team player and brings out the skills of others.’
‘Laura Sylvester has built up a superb practice, she’s passionate about her work and achieving the best for her clients, whilst always maintaining a sense of humour. Eurydice Cote is surely a partner in the making, with a fantastic attention to detail and real tenacity.’
- Negotiated a settlement for a child in a claim for a severe triplegic form of cerebral palsy caused by contracting a virus from his mother during birth which she had not been advised could be passed via intercourse with the claimant’s father, who was known to those caring for her to have this virus.
Other key lawyers:
Joseph Austin; Anita Gill; Laura Harper
‘The team now has quite a few solicitors who each tend to develop a specific expertise, either in estate planning or in administration of estate. They are very interested by international matters and understand that the differences between the legal systems lead to a need for adaptation’.
‘Joseph Austin: I have been working with him for many years now and he has very good technical skills and a great ability to adapt the administration of the estate to the requirements of an international matter’.
‘An excellent team to deal with. They provide high quality advice on time and within agreed budgets.’
‘Laura Harper is excellent to work with – and it does always feel like we are working together, as a team, rather than two separate advisers. I have absolutely no hesitation in introducing clients to Laura’.
‘The prompt response to queries, open and clear communication, a willingness to help wherever possible’.
‘James Ward – epitomises everything that a private client lawyer should be to their client and that a client should expect of their trusted advisor’.
Iain Miller; Sandra Paul; Sophie Kemp
‘A market-leading firm with incredible dynamism and will to progress.’
‘Shanett Thompson is a great lawyer with a real flair for client management and an innate understanding for what makes clients tick.’
‘A really thorough and very well-prepared team. They prioritise client care over everything else. Very intelligent solicitors.’
‘Shannett Thompson is very bright and manages client expectations very well. Impeccable judgement.’
‘Shannett Thompson is an excellent tactician’
‘Julie Norris and the team were excellent. Each member of the team was very responsive and knowledgable in their field of expertise. Good resource allocation and clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Under Julie’s direction a strategic approach, was agreed to which all team members were aligned and understood. I highly recommend Julie and the team.’
‘Julie Norris is a standout lawyer. Very quick to grasp the issue, and she is a great strategist. She is extremely responsive and available, a great communicator and dealt with sensitive issues well. Julie has enormous experience in her field and brought the matter to a swift and very satisfactory conclusion. I unreservedly recommend her.’
‘The KN Education team have a unique expertise in this growing but niche area. KN have built up a body of experience by advising students and representing them at hearings across a wide range. Plagiarism has been a particular topic, and KN are alive to the new challenges posed by AI.’
Other key lawyers:
David Davies; John Young; Anthony Macpherson; Andrew Solomon
‘The team were so knowledgeable in the M&A space. They were constantly adequately resourced for a fast turnaround and wide range of skills and it was cost-effective for 5-star service and ability. I was delighted with the team and the service they provided. It really assisted us in getting the traction done in all areas.’
‘The work ethic was superb, we needed to work some long days and weekends in order to get the transaction done. They were on hand to answer any questions from my team or the buyer’s team late at night and at weekends, helping us get things done super efficiently.’
Sellers of LED Autolamps Europe LLP
Hambleden Capital Partners LLP
Copestone Wealth Management Limited
- Advised the individual sellers of the automotive technology firm, LED Autolamps Europe LLP, on its sale to Clarience Technologies.
- Advised the seller of the “Heardle” website on its sale to Spotify.
- Advised Dutch fintech specialist on its acquisition of 50% interest in UK crypto-asset decoding business.
Employment > Employers Tier 4Kingsley Napley LLP‘s ‘high-quality and reliable’ employment team specialises in the regulated financial and professional services sectors. The firm is regularly instructed on workplace investigations, particularly in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct and whistleblowing. The practice is led by the experienced Corinne Aldridge, supported by TUPE expert Adrian Crawford, ‘safe pair of hands’ Andy Norris and senior consultant Richard Fox.
‘They have many subject matter experts who easily weigh in on various topics: employment law and contracts, policies. They provide great legal and compliance updates needed to keep up with every evolving legislation.’
‘They are very easy to work with and accessible. They make the best of efforts and respond to our sense of urgency.’
‘The team provides a great service. They work collaboratively with us to ensure the best result for the business. They are always very well prepared with the highest standard of professionalism, managing our expectations at the same time as finding creative solutions to complex issues.’
‘Andrew Norris is an experienced lawyer and extremely approachable. He is a very safe pair of hands, always going the extra mile. Very knowledgeable, providing timely and concise advice.’
‘The team at Kingsley Napley have a really good grasp of higher education and the challenges we are facing. They have also taken time to really get to know us as an organisation.’
‘I have found that all of the team at Kingsley Napley use easy-to-understand language when giving us advice even when this may relate to quite complex legal issues.’
‘Very hands-on and pragmatic advice, a good understanding of the clients’ needs, and solution-oriented. Excellent value for money and very responsive.’
‘Very high quality and reliable team.’
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members
‘The team is highly responsive, and we get an excellent client service.’
‘They are swift and thorough, and good at listening to us. They take our unique requirements into consideration.’
‘What makes them stand out is the ability to translate technical terms into understandable terms. They are very informed on the potential impact of clauses in contracts.’
‘The solicitors offer pragmatic and commercial advice.’
‘Friendly, approachable and accessible.’
‘Paul Harbour is a great lawyer for landlord and tenant matters, he is highly technical and great to work with.’
Other key lawyers:
‘Too many law firms lack the actual experience of criminal litigation to underpin their investigations team. That cannot be said about Kingsley Napley. They are proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge. There’s a reason why Kingsley Napley alumni populate the white-collar departments in the magic circle and US firms. I’ve seen first-hand their ability to turn around major corporate investigations under ridiculous time pressure, with a focus on what really matters. And they know what really matters, because they’ve been there and litigated it before.’
‘Caroline Day is the glue that holds a major investigation team together. She is the first name I would instruct / recommend and then build the team from there. Her ability to work under huge time pressure in cases with intense public and media scrutiny is impressive. She leads and co-ordinates with real skill and sensitivity. Louise Hodges, leads the team and is one of the sharpest and most formidable fraud lawyers in the country. Clients love her. Alun Milford has been a superb addition to the team. He brings unrivalled experience and an ability to make real world predictions about what major law enforcement agencies and regulators are likely to do.’
‘Alun Milford is the king of serious fraud cases. He understands his client’s needs from every angle and provides exceptional service.’
‘A very good niche team with high caliber lawyers.’
‘Louise Hodges is outstanding.’
‘They are a known leader in corporate investigation related work and it shows. Superb knowledge of the law and excellent with pragmatic and practicable advice. Given the sensitivity of the engagement, they provided reassurance throughout and managed well difficult and complex areas without wavering.’
‘Alun Milford has an exceptional brain and lots of related experience. He was thoughtful and very reactive to the changing issues coming out of the investigation. Supported by Caroline Day (excellent too) and Philip Salvesen (a future star in the making), an excellent team and provided superb dedication in the delivery of the support.’
Other key lawyers:
Sue Thackeray; Helen Morris
‘Helen Morris is an exceptional lawyer who genuinely cares about getting the best outcome for her clients. Helen is incredibly calm and considered, and all of her advice is underpinned by an unrivalled knowledge of privacy law.’
‘Helen dealt with a complex privacy matter for me, and she absolutely ran rings around the other side. I could not have hoped for a more personable and intellectually sharp lawyer to deal with my matter.’
‘Helen Morris is approachable, sensible and an extremely good and capable lawyer.’
‘A superb and large team with wide range of skills and knowledge at all levels. Hard hitting, highly efficient and focussed. An excellent costs team who works alongside them.’
‘Sue Thackeray – works tirelessly for her clients, one of the most efficient lawyers I have met who is able to immediately spot the key issue in a large set of papers.’
‘Helen Morris is great and experienced.’
‘Old-school rigour combined with a thoroughly modern emphasis on client care. The fee earners in the team are intelligent, analytical, robust and dedicated.’
‘Mary Young is endlessly imaginative in thinking outside the box and understanding the client’s commercial imperatives. I have never seen a lawyer so adept at identifying the real issues in dispute and clever ways to resolve those issues.’
‘Jemma Brimblecombe – a tough, forensic litigator with a no-nonsense approach to her cases. Enormous work ethic.’
‘Good knowledge of the professional negligence market’
‘Jemma Brimblecombe is good at distilling the issues into easily understood advice.’
‘I found the team to be helpful, clear and honest. I was able to rely on their judgement and their advice.’
Emily Carter; Adam Chapman
‘The data protection team provides very practical advice and focuses on implementation rather than over-analysis. We are a small business but operate in multiple jurisdictions which complicates data protection obligations. The team catered to our specific requirements very well.’
‘Emily Carter was very knowledgeable, professional and attuned to client requirements. Andrew Solomon was an excellent responsive associate who provided precise, practical and useful policies and agreements on time and in budget.’
‘They have a very experienced specialist data privacy team.’
‘Helen Morris is a specialist in data privacy who is a partner and great team player. Ellie Faye is a bright and talented associate in data privacy.’
‘This was a collaborative team – they were not just working as lone lawyers, but they complemented each other’s skills. There was regular, reliable, and very personal contact, even beyond usual working hours.’
Kingsley Napley LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: : An internationally recognised, UK based law firm providing expertise for our clients’ business and private lives, when it matters most. The firm is highly regarded – and often recommended – by other lawyers and is known for combining creative solutions with legal excellence and commercial pragmatism. Its lawyers often work on high-profile and sensitive matters in the public eye.
Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in employment law, private client advisory and deputyships, public law, criminal defence litigation, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, family law, medical negligence and personal injury, regulatory and professional discipline, real estate, construction and immigration.
Clients include regulatory bodies, local authorities and government bodies, as well as large public companies, owner-managed businesses and individuals, many of whom are in the public eye.
Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial: provides advice on a wide range of business issues, including joint ventures, corporate finance, taxation, flotations, rights issues, information technology law, takeovers, insolvency and liquidation, and partnerships.
Criminal litigation: a broad spectrum of expertise including all criminal investigations (general crime and fraud), particularly FCA and regulatory criminal investigations, bribery and corruption, money-laundering, UWOs, corporate manslaughter, health and safety, and tax related . The department is internationally recognised for advising on extradition matters, working on complex City cases and for its expertise relating to sexual misconduct and sexual offences.
Deputyship: the team works closely with the medical negligence and personal injury team in offering a specialist yet comprehensive service for and on behalf of individuals who lack mental capacity to handle their own financial affairs or make decisions regarding their own welfare.
Dispute resolution: work encompasses commercial and civil litigation, professional negligence, property disputes, landlord and tenant, probate disputes and defamation. There is particular experience in asset tracing investigations and civil fraud, company directors’ disqualification and contentious trusts and probate work as well as cryptocurrency matters.
Employment: the team handles contentious and non-contentious employment law issues for companies, partnerships and senior employees. It also advises on global mobility and employment law.
Family and divorce: all aspects of family and matrimonial work including international issues are undertaken in connection with separation and divorce, both in the context of married and unmarried relationships, civil partnerships, financial settlements and proceedings, prenuptial contracts and children matters – ranging from issues involving custody and child abduction to surrogacy.
Immigration: a highly personalised specialist immigration service is provided to both corporate clients and individuals, advising on all aspects of UK and EU immigration and nationality issues. The team specialises in complex applications and is well known for lobbying policy makers to promote clients’ best interests.
Medical negligence and personal injury: expertise in the management of all forms of serious personal injury claims, including those arising out of medical negligence in the NHS, as well as the private medical sector. Particular interest in birth and spinal injuries as well as providing advice and assistance in relation to inquests and to complaints procedures. A range of funding options is available.
Private client: provides advice on UK tax planning for international and UK clients, trusts, wills, inheritance and the administration of estates, receivership, lasting powers of attorney and philanthropic giving. The team also has a dedicated court of protection (deputyship) service.
Public law: Kingsley Napley is one of a very small number of firms that has a dedicated public law team. The team advises individuals, businesses and public bodies on all public law issues including judicial review, public inquiries and inquests, information law, human rights matters and public procurement litigation.
Real estate: all aspects of conveyancing and property-related structured financing transactions of commercial freehold and leasehold property undertaken, together with residential property work. The team also advises on construction matters and handles real estate disputes.
Regulatory and professional discipline: a large team of expert lawyers who act for individuals, businesses, and public and regulatory bodies in all matters concerning regulation and professional discipline. The team currently prosecutes on behalf of regulators in the healthcare, security and education sectors, and undertakes defence work on behalf of regulated professionals and clients in the healthcare, legal services, accounting and hospitality and leisure sectors.
Restructuring & Insolvency: The team have significant experience helping a wide range of businesses and financially distressed clients. They have a proven record of delivering and implementing plans that are the foundation of any restructuring strategy or for securing a viable future for the business and stakeholders alike.
|Senior partner||James Fulforth|
|Managing partner||Linda Woolley|
|Corporate, Commercial & Finance||Anthony MacPherson|
|Criminal litigation||Louise Hodges|
|Dispute resolution||Richard Foss|
|Family and divorce||Charlotte Bradley|
|Medical Negligence & Personal Injury||James Bell|
|Private client||James Ward|
|Public law||Sophie Kemp|
|Real estate||Bethan Owen|
|Regulatory and professional discipline||Nicola Hill|
|Restructuring & Insolvency||Dan Sejas|
|Corinne Aldridge||Corinne has specialised in employment law for over 30 years working both…||View Profile|
|Connie Atkinson||Connie is a Partner in the family team and has experience of…||View Profile|
|Sarah Atkinson||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Melinka Berridge||Melinka is a litigation specialist with expertise in the fields of private…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Bradley||Charlotte is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Family & divorce team. She specialises…||View Profile|
|Abby Buckland||Abby is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She has…||View Profile|
|Moira Campbell||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Emily Carter||Emily is a partner within the public law team, specialising in representing…||View Profile|
|Adam Chapman||Recognised as a “leader in his field”, Adam’s areas of expertise include;…||View Profile|
|William Christopher||William is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, based in…||View Profile|
|Jessica Clay||Partner||View Profile|
|Adrian Crawford||Adrian is a partner in the employment practice. His particular interests include…||View Profile|
|Caroline Day||Caroline is a partner specialising in complex fraud and financial crime and…||View Profile|
|Ilda De Sousa||Ilda is a partner in the immigration team with more than 19…||View Profile|
|Hannah Eales||Hannah is a partner in the Regulatory team. She is head of…||View Profile|
|Lauren Evans||A Partner in the family team with experience of all types of…||View Profile|
|Nicola Finnerty||Nicola is a leading criminal defence expert in white collar and business…||View Profile|
|Sital Fontenelle||Sital is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family and Divorce team. She…||View Profile|
|Natasha Forman||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Richard Foss||Richard has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes,…||View Profile|
|Richard Fox||Senior Consultant||View Profile|
|Rachel Freeman||Partner in Kingsley Napley’s family and divorce team. She specialises in dealing…||View Profile|
|James Fulforth||James is Senior Partner of Kingsley Napley.||View Profile|
|Jemma Garside||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Anita Gill||Partner||View Profile|
|Jonathan Grimes||Jonathan is an experienced criminal lawyer specialising in serious and complex cases.…||View Profile|
|Prof Elspeth Guild||Legal counsel specialising primarily in EC law relating to free movement of…||View Profile|
|Paul Harbour||Paul is the head of Kingsley Napley’s Real Estate department and deals…||View Profile|
|Matthew Hardcastle||Recognised for his work in pre-charge investigations, Matt has particular experience acting…||View Profile|
|John Harding||John undertakes general crime and police station advice, specialising particularly in relation…||View Profile|
|Simon Hardy||Simon is the Head of the Court of Protection team and he…||View Profile|
|Laura Harper||Laura advises both UK resident and non-UK resident/domiciled individuals, families and trustees…||View Profile|
|Sarah Harris||Sarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team, having gained over 10…||View Profile|
|Louise Hodges||Louise is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Criminal Litigation team specialising in financial…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Judd||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Jane Keir||Jane is a Partner in the Family & Divorce team. She is…||View Profile|
|Sophie Kemp||Head of Department||View Profile|
|Richard Lodge||Richard acts for individuals who have sustained injuries as a result of…||View Profile|
|Marcia Longdon||Marcia joined as a partner in the immigration team in January 2014.…||View Profile|
|Jill Lorimer||Jill is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Financial Services Group. She has…||View Profile|
|Victoria Lowe||Victoria is a Partner in the Real Estate and Construction Team, with…||View Profile|
|Will MacFarlane||Will is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family & Divorce team and…||View Profile|
|Cate Maguire||Cate advises on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial…||View Profile|
|Julie Matheson||Julie is a partner in the Regulatory Team. She has a breadth…||View Profile|
|Iain Miller||Iain is a Partner in the Regulatory team specialising in legal ethics,…||View Profile|
|Helen Morris||Helen is a highly experienced media litigator who has specialised in this…||View Profile|
|Ryan Mowat||Ryan is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, where he…||View Profile|
|Stacey Nevin||Partner||View Profile|
|Katie Newbury||Katie is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Immigration team and she heads…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Niblock||Rebecca is one of the UK’s leading extradition practitioners and heads the…||View Profile|
|Julie Norris||Julie is a partner in the Regulatory Team and predominantly advises in…||View Profile|
|Mr Andy Norris||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Oliver Oldman||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Bethan Owen||Bethan is a Partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…||View Profile|
|Stephen Parkinson||Stephen is the Senior Partner of Kingsley Napley. He is a white…||View Profile|
|Sandra Paul||Sandra has extensive experience in criminal and related litigation. Her practice spans…||View Profile|
|Katherine Pymont||Katherine is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team who specialises…||View Profile|
|Nick Ralph||Partner||View Profile|
|Vanessa Rhodes||Vanessa is a partner in the Real Estate and Construction team at…||View Profile|
|Nicolas Rollason||Nick heads Kingsley Napley’s immigration team which advises multinational clients on immigration…||View Profile|
|Kate Salter||Kate is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She regularly…||View Profile|
|Waqar Shah||Waqar is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department, focusing on the…||View Profile|
|Fiona Simpson||Fiona specialises in civil fraud litigation, advising clients bringing or defending civil…||View Profile|
|David Sleight||David has an extensive criminal litigation background. Regularly acting for individuals and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ed Smyth||View Profile|
|Edmund Smyth||Ed has a long and successful track record representing individuals across the…||View Profile|
|Nikola Southern||Niki is a partner within the employment team who has a strong…||View Profile|
|Laura Sylvester||Laura is a Partner in the Medical Negligence Department. She has a…||View Profile|
|Sue Thackeray||Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation…||View Profile|
|Shannett Thompson||Shannett has a varied client base which consists of regulators, individual registrants,…||View Profile|
|Michael Tyler||Michael is a Partner and the Head of the Costs Team with…||View Profile|
|Kim Vowden||Partner||View Profile|
|James Ward||James heads the Private Client team at Kingsley Napley. He has extensive…||View Profile|
|Andreas White||Andreas is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s employment team. He has substantial…||View Profile|
|Linda Woolley||Managing partner of Kingsley Napley. Criminal law, specialising in: corruption, fraud, serious…||View Profile|
|Nick Wrightson||Nick is a partner with a highly regarded specialist administrative and public…||View Profile|
|Mary Young||Mary specialises in civil fraud litigation, often with an international aspect.Her clients…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 74 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.
Student (Future Lawyers )
The Legal 500 Future Lawyers VerdictKinsgley Napley’s ‘breadth of work’ leads to a ‘unique variety of seat choices. Trainees were drawn to the London firm’s criminal litigation practice in particular. A small trainee intake means that recruits are ‘given the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to work from the outset’. As one respondent explained: ‘as a trainee in my first seat with no prior experience of this area of law, I have still been encouraged and enabled to take on varied work and lead communication with clients on transactions’. The firm is no stranger to collaboration: ‘departments work with each other on the same matter, which gives trainees experience outside of the current seat they are in’. Kingsley Napley has nabbed six Future Lawyers Winner medals this year for quality of work, client contact, social life, hybrid working, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. ‘The people’ are the best thing about the firm; there is an ‘abundance of excellent lawyers to learn from’, and the ‘training principal is amazing’. What’s more, ‘we get excellent quality work and are offered responsibility whilst still receiving an appropriate level of supervision’. A source of annoyance is that ‘trainee remuneration package doesn’t correspond with the firm’s aspirations – there is currently a lot of investment and talk of growth’. Some also think that ‘competitor firms are paid better’. Trainees did not enjoy ‘dealing with difficult clients and supervisors’ not ‘the current stress surrounding the extensive NQ applications’. But, on the plus side, ‘carrying out an extensive piece of work on a matter, presenting my findings to the client and receiving positive responses from both them and the partner’ was a moment of great pride. For a firm that ‘values performance and high-quality work whilst maintaining a positive culture and work/life balance’, consider Kingsley Napley.
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
- Employment > Immigration
- Employment > Senior executives
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers
- Employment > Health and safety
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Court of protection
- Private client > Family: mediation
- Private client > Family
- Real estate > Residential property
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management