Richard Foss > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP
20 Bonhill Street

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Richard has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes, directors’ duties, civil fraud, insolvency, professional negligence, injunctions and financial services disputes. He acts for organisations in a variety of commercial disputes and also advises private individuals and entrepreneurs. Richard has particular expertise acting for and advising directors and management teams in relation to civil litigation.

He is experienced in both obtaining and defending injunctive proceedings, including Freezing and Search Orders. His focus is on achieving commercial and cost effective results and often advises on risk management approaches and strategies to avoid pursuing a dispute through the courts.

Richard has been appointed by the High Court to act as a Supervising Solicitor in relation to the execution of Search Orders.


Trained Norton Rose; qualified 1991; Kingsley Napley 1995 to date; partner 1999; head of the Disputes department since 2013.


City of London Law Society Litigation Sub-Committee and the Committee of the Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA); Law Society; London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA); Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA)


Sevenoaks School, Kent; Kingston Polytechnic (1988 LLB 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1989).


Football, golf, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Leading individuals)

Richard FossKingsley Napley LLP

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 lawyerWilliam 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‘.

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

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.’

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

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.