Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP
20 Bonhill Street

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Kingsley 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 Edmund 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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

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

With an active presence in the white-collar defence sphere, the ‘stand out’ criminal litigation team at Kingsley Napley LLP is highly regarded for multi-jurisdictional cases spanning from money laundering to financial sanction breaches. Its client roster includes politicians, senior employees, and HNW individuals and the group regularly advises defendants in SFO, US DOJ, and INTERPOL Red Notice cases. Louise Hodges leads the practice, specialising in financial crime and complex fraud proceedings; former criminal litigation head and senior partner Stephen Parkinson was recently appointed as the UK’s new director of public prosecutions. Nicola Finnerty has expertise in cartels and insider dealing claims, and Jonathan Grimes focuses on regulatory and market manipulation issues. Caroline Day assists individuals with bribery and corruption investigations, while Alun Milford handles corporate crime and deferred prosecution agreements. Aaron Watkins is an expert on extradition issues. Other key names in the team include Rebecca Niblock , Edmund Smyth and legal directors Sophie Wood and Gemma Tombs .

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges

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.’

Key clients

Government of the United States v Mike LYNCH

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP is consistently sought out by regulators for prosecution work. It is also well known for defending law firms, accountancy practices and regulated professionals. Regulatory head Nicola Hill routinely advises the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); Julie Norris is 'excellent, intelligent and tough'; Julie Matheson focuses on the accountancy, audit and built environment sectors; Shannett Thompson 'picks up on cases' every detail'; and Iain Miller's experience incorporates disciplinary proceedings. Also highly rated, Melinka Berridge represents leading national regulators; Hannah Eales is 'a standout practitioner'; and recently-elevated Jessica Clay advises on a range of SRA-related matters. At senior associate level, Charlotte Judd routinely defends accountants and accountancy firms; Kathryn Sheridan represents regulatory bodies presenting hearings before their practice committees; Sarah Atkinson leads investigations on behalf of both the Architects Registration Board and (HCPC); and Clare Hastie is experienced in investigating and preparing fitness to practise cases.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Hill


‘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.’

Key clients

General Dental Council

Architects Registration Board

Education Workforce Council of Wales

Architects Registration Board

Slater & Gordon UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Slater & Gordon in relation to an investigation by the SRA into historic regulatory breaches that had been reported to the SRA.

Employment > Immigration

One of the core strengths of Kingsley Napley LLP‘s immigration practice is its ability to leverage the resources of the firm’s broad offering, with human rights, appeals, and overstay matters being run out of the firm’s international protection group, and the business immigration team calling upon related offerings in real estate and private client. Nicolas Rollason heads the ‘very large‘ practice, and has ‘exceptional knowledge and experience.’ Key contacts for business immigration are Ilda De SousaMarcia Longson, and Kim Vowden, who advise the practice’s client base of major financial bodies and multinational companies. They are also noted for their work in relation to human rights, appeals, and overstays, where they work alongside the ‘outstandingKatie Newbury and associate Oliver Oldman, who head up much of the firm’s specialist immigration private client work.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:

Ilda de Sousa; Marcia Longdon; Kim Vowden; Katie Newbury; Oliver Oldman


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.

Work highlights

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Known for possessing the ‘all-important superb knowledge and technical skills’, Kingsley Napley LLP is instructed by a breadth of high-profile clients. In a recent highlight, team head Corinne Aldridge supervised the independent investigation into Cressida Dick’s departure from the Metropolitan Police; she also provides expertise in sex discrimination cases. Core specialisms of the firm include a range of regulatory issues, exit negotiations, and whistleblowing cases. Nick Ralph handles issues relating to unfair dismissal and victimisation in financial misconduct matters, while Adrian Crawford advises on age discrimination claims. Andreas White and senior consultant Richard Fox regularly handle high-profile whistleblowing claims. Senior associates Moira Campbell and Natasha Forman handle grievances and discrimination in the financial sector. Senior associate Andy Norris is also commended.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge


‘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.’

Key clients

Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM

Work highlights

  • Advised Dame Cressida Rose Dick on her departure from the Metropolitan Police.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP combines considerable breadth and depth of public and administrative law expertise with the firm’s work in judicial review spanning a wide array of key sectors; recent highlights include proceedings with a nexus to real estate and construction, technology, healthcare, and higher education, amongst others. Practice head Sophie Kemp is a seasoned appellate litigator and specialist in judicial review, offering deep experience in large and complex institutional responses to public inquiries. With over three decades of experience, Adam Chapman is highly regarded for his expertise regarding public inquiries, major inquests, and information law, while Nick Wrightson’s practice focuses heavily on commercial and regulatory judicial review.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Kemp

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.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

The cross-departmental and ‘top quality’ partnership team at Kingsley Napley LLP regularly assists financial services firms, professional service firms, and individual partners in contentious work concerning employment, regulatory, criminal and reputation management matters. Recent work has included partner and team moves, complex remuneration structures, partner expulsions and non-compete disputes. The team is headed up by Adrian Crawford, who focuses on the City, financial services and professional services sectors, and Iain Miller, who is frequently instructed by regulated professional services partnerships for SRA-related regulatory advice. Jessica Clay is well versed in advising firms and individuals in SRA-related matters including changes to business structures and reporting obligations as well as matters relating to AML and counter-inclusive conduct. Acting across various sectors is the ‘great litigator’ Corinne Aldridge, whose expertise lies in investigations, retirements, post-termination restrictions and claims relating to whistleblowing and discrimination. Nick Ralph is ‘quick to understand a situation as it develops’ whether this involves dismissals, contract negotiations or post termination restrictions. Richard Fox has adopted a senior consultant position. Accountancy sector expert Julie Matheson, regulatory specialist Julie Norris, Andreas White, who is adept in dispute resolution and investigations for clients in the professional services and financial services sectors, and John Young, who is proficient in corporate partnership work, are other key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller


‘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.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Acclaimed for its representation of foreign governments, corporates, offshore trustees, banks and office holders, Kingsley Napley LLP demonstrates a tenacity for cross-border civil fraud disputes, in addition to related asset tracing and recovery. Richard Foss, who leads the practice, is an expert in fraudulent misrepresentation and financial product claims, whereas Sue Thackeray  is a standout name for cases with privacy, data protection and hacking components. Elsewhere, Mary Young notably co-chairs the firm’s crypto-asset group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss

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.’

Key clients

James Buchanan

Surge Financial Ltd and Paul Careless

Stephen Doran as liquidator of Trafalgar Multi Asset Trading Company

Work highlights

  • 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.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

'One of the best mid-market commercial litigation firms in London', Kingsley Napley LLP routinely represents foreign governments, professional football clubs, casino operators, listed companies, banks and corporations, as well as offshore trustees and HNW individuals; and the team is increasingly active in cases arising out of large-scale investigations. Commercial litigation specialist Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution department, which features Ryan Mowat, an expert in contentious trusts and estates; the 'much-in-demand lawyer' William ChristopherSue Thackeray, whose cases often incorporate privacy, data protection and hacking issues; and Fiona Simpson, whose instructions frequently involve offshore jurisdictions, Switzerland and CIS countries. Also integral to the practice, Mary Young acts in claims against professionals, while insolvency litigator Michael Mulligan is 'a dogged advocate for his clients'. In March 2023, Melanie Hart, who maintains a broad disputes practice, joined from Ince Gordon Dadds, while Laurence Clarke is 'a standout senior associate'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Mowat; William Christopher; Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan; Melanie Hart; Richard Clayman; Jemma Brimblecombe; Hannah Fitzwilliam; Mark Fallmann; Laurence Clarke; Abigail Hall


‘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.’

Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP‘s practice is led by ‘first-class and a leader in his field‘, Michael Tyler, who works with insurers, strategic planning, and costs budgeting of High Court matters. He routinely advises on litigation funding arrangements and client retainers, and is often instructed to handle costs submissions and claims for costs/reviews of costs.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tyler


‘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.’

Work highlights

  • 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.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

The Kingsley Napley LLP's practice is noted for its ‘excellent crossover of skills in health and safety and criminal investigations’, handling an array of matters, including corporate manslaughter claims. Noted for his ‘excellent judgement’, criminal litigation expert Jonathan Grimes, and regulatory specialist and ‘leader in the field’ Melinka Berridge, co-head the team. Hannah Eales brings expertise in fire safety and regulatory work to the offering. Legal counsel Craig Baylis departed to Keystone Law in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

London Fire Brigade

London Fire Commissioner

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Kingsley Napley LLP is extremely strong, full of focus and drive and committed to delivering a first-rate client service. They are led by the absolutely brilliant Ryan Mowat’. The group is recommended for its skill at handling high-net-worth private client litigation matters, combined with the firm’s expertise in fraud and media-related disputes. In addition, it is sought after for its experience in high value ‘trusts and divorce’ cases and works closely with its family team and its court of protection practice. Many of the trust disputes involve multiple jurisdictions, and allegations of breach of trust and fraud; its contentious estate disputes practice is thriving. It is ‘truly exceptional from top to bottom’ with some very able associates, including Katherine Pymont; Kate Salter and Anna Metadjer. Laura Phillips is now a legal director.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Mowat

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 Metadjer 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.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLPhas a hugely experienced Court of Protection team, which complements its contentious trusts and probate team admirably’. The team, which is led by Simon Hardy primarily focuses on property and affairs matters. Its expertise also now covers health and welfare matters, including decisions regarding care arrangements, personal welfare deputyships and public funding for care. It has a caseload of over 120 regular deputyships and trusteeships. The majority of its clients lack capacity due to a catastrophic brain injury. It has also expanded into the elderly client market through Anita Gill’s role as a court of protection approved panel deputy. The team excels in contentious Court of Protection work too, particularly where there are cases involving serious allegations of fraud and financial abuse. Ryan Mowat is adept at handling these cases. Senior associate Jemma Garside is well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hardy

Other key lawyers:


‘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’.

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘a superb team led by the magnificent Charlotte Bradley . She inspires and unites her team to do great work’.  Bradley is described as ‘the epitome of how a family mediator should perform’. She is an accredited mediator, mediating in high value, high profile and complex financial disputes. In addition, she regularly mediates as a hybrid mediator. Connie Atkinson who ‘gets the clients on board to find solutions that work for the whole family’ is also recommended. Lauren Evans is a mediator with particular experience in complex financial and children cases. Stacey Nevin is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Stacey Nevin


‘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 2

The ‘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.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Bradley

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.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a respondent mother in an application brought by her ex-civil partner regarding parentage and jurisdiction issues.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

The residential property team at Kingsley Napley LLP is vastly experienced in advising on the sale and purchase of substantial and high-value central London houses and apartments, as well as country houses in the South of England. Most of its clients are celebrities and U/HNW individuals, in addition to royalty, politicians, professionals and business people. At the helm is Bethan Owen, who specialises in high-value residential transactions. Owen is skilled at advising on acquisitions, developments, financing and the sale of properties in prime central London, as well as country houses. Vanessa Rhodes is also recommended for her work on the acquisition and disposal of a variety of complex asset portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

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’.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP stands out for its focus on individual-side representation, and its stellar track record of successfully defending executives against allegations of criminal dealings in the financial services area. Recently, the firm has increasingly been involved with enforcement investigations which straddle both the approved persons regime and the senior managers and certification regime. Louise Hodges and Jill Lorimer oversee the offering from the criminal litigation and financial services sides, respectively. In May 2022, the team was strengthened by the arrival of legal director James Alleyne from the enforcement division of the FCA.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 3

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP fields a team of ‘top-of the-range criminal lawyers’, highly experienced in high profile tax fraud cases, with a record of advising both individuals and corporates. The group has made a significant expansion to its civil tax litigation offering with the recruitment of new team lead Waqar Shah. Shah, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in February 2023, is an ‘outstanding advisor and tactician’ with experience in judicial reviews and litigation from the Tax Tribunal to the Supreme Court. David Sleight is a financial crime expert with expertise in tax investigations.

Practice head(s):

Waqar Shah

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.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

In February 2023, James Bell arrived from Hodge Jones & Allen to lead the clinical negligence team at Kingsley Napley LLP, taking over from Terrence Donovan, who remains active within the group. The team has particular emphasis on birth injuries, spinal injuries, oncology cases and psychiatric negligence claims, including those which involve inquests. The team is noted for its ‘innovative and collaborative’ approach to working with opponents. Specialist in spinal injury, gastrointestinal injuries and loss of vision Eurydice Cote is recommended for her ‘fantastic attention to detail and real tenacity‘. Richard Lodge is another key name.

Practice head(s):

James Bell

Other key lawyers:

Terrence Donovan; Richard Lodge; Eurydice Cote; Laura Sylvester; Aideen McGarry; Kirsty Allen; Rebecca Linnell


‘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.’

Work highlights

  • 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.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

James Ward heads the team at Kingsley Napley LLP. Over the past few years, Ward’s focus has been on business owners needing advice on their business succession or on the protection of their business interests. In addition, he is  a trustee of a number of significant trusts and advises a wide range of family businesses on a variety of succession issues. Anita Gill is another key figure who helps individuals who have lost capacity and is often asked to act as an executor. Laura Harper is now a consultant and has a keen focus on international succession planning.

Practice head(s):

James Ward

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’.

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in advising individuals facing disciplinary investigations in schools and higher education institutions and is strongly equipped to handle cases with criminal liability elements. The team regularly acts for students in sexual and academic misconduct cases, and it boasts a notable record of advising on academic appeals related to examination results, including appeals with disability discrimination elements. The team is co-headed by Iain Miller, Sophie Kemp, and criminal defence expert Sandra Paul, who regularly defends students against allegations of sexual offences. The team also draws on the expertise of regulatory experts Shannett Thompson, Julie Matheson, and Julie Norris, who are well-versed in handling disciplinary proceedings following allegations of academic misconduct.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 4

The ‘knowledgable’ M&A team at Kingsley Napley LLP is lauded by clients for its ‘wide range of skills’ and ‘superb’ work ethic. Counting entrepreneurs and early stage, high-growth, owner-managed businesses among its key roster of clients, the practice benefits from a specialist technology sub-team, working with clients through their investment rounds to an eventual exit. The practice is steered by James Fulforth who is noted for his specialism advising entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals on their business interests.

Practice head(s):

James Fulforth

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.’

Key clients

Sellers of LED Autolamps Europe LLP

Hambleden Capital Partners LLP

Copestone Wealth Management Limited

Work highlights

  • 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 4

Kingsley 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.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Aldridge

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Crawford; Richard Fox; Andrew Norris


‘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.’

Key clients



Augustus Martin

Lime FMS

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) & its members

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Led by Bethan Owen, the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has been praised as ‘swift and thorough’. The practice often handles real estate finance transactions and is sought out by landlords and tenants on commercial spacing leases. Daniel Clyne and Daniel Browne are noted for their experience in the logistics, office, and retail sectors, while Paul Harbour is commended as a ‘great lawyer for landlord and tenant matters’.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

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

Boasting ‘proper criminal lawyers with commercial edge’, Kingsley Napley LLP’s criminal litigation team expertly covers cross-border corporate investigations spanning the full range of criminal matters. This includes traditional white-collar crime cases ranging from fraud to tax evasion, along with demonstrating strong expertise on ESG, human rights compliance, and regulatory proceedings. Louise Hodges leads, specialising in financial crime and FCA investigations, whilst Caroline Day frequently advises companies on criminal and regulatory matters. The ‘exceptional’ Alun Milford focuses on the proceeds of crime litigation, while Jonathan Grimes routinely conducts internal investigations. Nicola Finnerty and Jill Lorimer are also both highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hodges

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Day; Alun Milford; Jonathan Grimes; Nicola Finnerty; Jill Lorimer; Aaron Watkins; Sophie Wood; Matthew Burn


‘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.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 4

The reputation management and media litigation practice at Kingsley Napley LLP represents an number of prominent HNWIs and multi-national corporations. Sue Thackeray acts for major sports and entertainment stars on crisis management issues, as well as on extortion and blackmail claims. Helen Morris is experienced in acting for claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and harassment claims. Former practice head Charlotte Harris left to join Brown Rudnick LLP in June 2023.

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.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5

'Intelligent, analytical, robust and dedicated', Kingsley Napley LLP stands out among clients for its 'old-school rigour combined with a thoroughly modern emphasis on client care'. Practice head Ryan Mowat is highly experienced in private wealth disputes concerning trusts and estates, often handling matters with a cross-jurisidictional aspect. Other names to note include Richard Foss, who heads up the wider disputes team; Mary Young, praised for her 'endlessly imaginative' practice; and Jemma Brimblecombe - 'a tough, forensic litigator with a no-nonsense approach.'

Practice head(s):

Ryan Mowat


‘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.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 6

Jointly led by Emily Carter and Adam Chapman, the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has a notable specialisation in advising on the data protection and cybersecurity aspects of criminal matters, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Helen Morris acts for claimants in cases concerning unlawful disclosure of personal data, while Andrew Solomon advises corporate and commercial clients on compliance and international data transfer agreements. Associate Ellie Fayle has particular expertise in tackling right-to-be-forgotten cases.

Practice head(s):

Emily Carter; Adam Chapman

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner James Fulforth
Managing partner Linda Woolley
Corporate, Commercial & Finance Anthony MacPherson
Criminal litigation Louise Hodges
Dispute resolution Richard Foss
Employment Corinne Aldridge
Family and divorce Charlotte Bradley
Immigration Nicholas Rollason
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
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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…
Sarah Atkinson photo Sarah Atkinson Senior Associate
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Charlotte Bradley photo Charlotte Bradley Charlotte specialises in international divorce, finance and children cases (including relocation), especially…
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Nicola Finnerty photo Nicola Finnerty Nicola is a leading criminal defence expert in white collar and business…
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Natasha Forman photo Natasha Forman Senior Associate
Richard Foss photo Richard Foss Richard has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes,…
Richard Fox photo Richard Fox Senior Consultant
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John Harding photo John Harding John undertakes general crime and police station advice, specialising particularly in relation…
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Laura Harper photo Laura Harper Laura advises both UK resident and non-UK resident/domiciled individuals, families and trustees…
Sarah Harris photo Sarah Harris Sarah is a Partner in the Regulatory team, having gained over 10…
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Charlotte Judd photo Charlotte Judd Senior Associate
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…
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Will MacFarlane photo Will MacFarlane Will is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Family & Divorce team and…
Cate Maguire photo Cate Maguire Cate advises on matters including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, associated financial…
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Iain Miller photo Iain Miller Iain is a Partner in the Regulatory team specialising in legal ethics,…
Helen Morris photo Helen Morris Helen is a highly experienced media litigator who has specialised in this…
Ryan Mowat photo Ryan Mowat Ryan is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, where he…
Stacey Nevin photo Stacey Nevin Partner
Katie Newbury photo Katie Newbury Katie is a Partner in Kingsley Napley’s Immigration team and she heads…
Rebecca Niblock photo Rebecca Niblock Rebecca is one of the UK’s leading extradition practitioners and heads the…
Andy Norris photo Mr Andy Norris Senior Associate
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Oliver Oldman photo Oliver Oldman Senior Associate
Bethan Owen photo Bethan Owen Bethan is a Partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in…
Stephen Parkinson photo Stephen Parkinson Stephen is the Senior Partner of Kingsley Napley. He is a white…
Sandra Paul photo Sandra Paul Sandra has extensive experience in criminal and related litigation. Her practice spans…
Katherine Pymont photo Katherine Pymont Katherine is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team who specialises…
Nick Ralph photo Nick Ralph Partner
Vanessa Rhodes photo Vanessa Rhodes Vanessa is a partner in the Real Estate and Construction team at…
Nicolas Rollason photo Nicolas Rollason Nick heads Kingsley Napley’s immigration team which advises multinational clients on immigration…
Kate Salter photo Kate Salter Kate is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. She regularly…
Waqar Shah photo Waqar Shah Waqar is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department, focusing on the…
Fiona Simpson photo Fiona Simpson Fiona specialises in civil fraud litigation, advising clients bringing or defending civil…
David Sleight photo David Sleight David has an extensive criminal litigation background. Regularly acting for individuals and…
Edmund Smyth photo Edmund Smyth Ed has a long and successful track record representing individuals across the…
Nikola Southern photo Nikola Southern Niki is a partner within the employment team who has a strong…
Laura Sylvester photo Laura Sylvester Laura is a Partner in the Medical Negligence Department. She has a…
Sue Thackeray photo Sue Thackeray Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation…
Shannett Thompson photo Shannett Thompson Shannett has a varied client base which consists of regulators, individual registrants,…
Michael Tyler photo Michael Tyler Michael is a Partner and the Head of the Costs Team with…
Kim Vowden photo Kim Vowden Partner
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 Nick is a partner with a highly regarded specialist administrative and public…
Mary Young photo Mary Young Mary specialises in civil fraud litigation, often with an international aspect.Her clients…
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Alun Milford photo Mr Alun Milford
Aaron Watkins photo Mr Aaron Watkins Partner
Sophie Wood photo Ms Sophie Wood Legal Director
Number of UK partners : 74
Number of other UK fee-earners : 263

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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 Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

Kinsgley 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.