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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal litigation and FCA regulatory enforcement.


Louise is Head of Kingsley Napley’s Criminal Litigation team specialising in financial crime, corporate investigations, FCA regulatory investigations and serious and complex fraud. Long recognised as a leader in this field, she is commended for her grasp of broader strategic issues and the practical advice she gives clients, both companies and individuals, caught up in complex litigation. She is experienced in advising companies and individuals with regard to internal investigations, frequently representing witnesses being interviewed either by employers or by investigating authorities, including those compelled to attend interviews. She leads the firm’s cross-practice Financial Services team and Internal Investigations team. She currently represents a number of individuals, including HNW individuals and business leaders, in a range of financial crime cases being investigated by the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA amongst others. She was part of the team representing Tesco in connection with their Deferred Prosecution Agreement and related criminal matters. Her cases frequently have an international element.


Trained Kingsley Napley LLP; qualified in criminal practice area 1999; partner 2005; Louise was a main author and co-editor of leading text: ‘Serious Fraud, Investigation and Trial’ (Lexis Nexis Butterworths), which was published in April 2009.


Law Society; Fraud Lawyers Association; European Criminal Bar Association ; European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers; Financial Services Lawyers Association; Committee member of City of London Law Society Business Crime Committee; The City Law Club.


University of Oxford (1988 BA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Louise HodgesKingsley Napley LLP

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

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

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

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

(Leading individuals)

Louise HodgesKingsley Napley LLP

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

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

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