Louise Hodges > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal litigation and FCA regulatory enforcement.


Louise is a partner and head of in the criminal litigation team. She specialises in all fraud and business crime litigation, including investigations and prosecutions by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA), City of London Police (CoLP), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as well as other agencies. She is chair of the Fraud Lawyers Association. She was part of the team representing Rebekah and Charlie Brooks in the phone hacking trial. She is particularly well known for representing individuals subject to FCA regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct, including insider dealing and misleading the market. Louise advises on many cases with an international dimension, in particular she has represented a number of individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations into Libor, FX trading and other market misconduct conducted by the FCA, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), amongst others. She represents a number of individuals in criminal investigations conducted by HMRC. Louise has public law experience, in particular representing witnesses at the Leveson and Baha Mousa public inquiries. She is currently the vice-chair of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA). She has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and is frequently invited to attend various expert meetings at the European Parliament, Commission and Council in Brussels.


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.


Chair Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA); vice-chair European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA); Fraud Advisory Panel; Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA).


University of Oxford (1988 BA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Louise HodgesKingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is adept at handling cross border, multi-jurisdictional cases, including allegations of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency fraud, bank fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, cartels, index and benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. It deals with investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CMA, DOJ, FBI and SEC. Co-head of team Louise Hodges specialises in financial crime. Jonathan Grimes, who also heads the team, focuses on financial services crime. Stephen Parkinson is a white-collar specialist who acts for individuals and corporates. Caroline Day and Rebecca Niblock are also recommended. Nicola Finnerty joined as partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, having previously worked at Corker Binning. Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO, where he was general counsel. Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP. Johanna Walsh left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

(Leading individuals)

Louise HodgesKingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for clients on internal, criminal and regulatory investigations. In addition to extensive experience advising on matters such as fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and financial crime, the firm also regularly counsels clients on matters of reputation and crisis management. The team, which is co-led by Louise Hodges and Caroline Day, has seen some change in the last few years at partner level.  Nicola Finnerty joined as a partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, while Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO. However, Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP and Johanna Walsh leftfor Mishcon de Reya LLP.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Kingsley Napley LLP handles a range of financial services contentious cases, including criminal, civil and regulatory matters. The firm specialises in advising senior individuals under the Senior Managers Regime. In addition, the practice has increased its focus on early intervention work, as well as advising corporates. Louise Hodges is a specialist in FCA regulatory investigations, financial crime and serious and complex fraud. She co-leads the team with Jill Lorimer, who has expertise in advising individuals facing investigation and prosecution for insider dealing and market abuse.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

Kingsley Napley LLP has carved out a niche in criminal tax investigations and litigation, drawing on broad expertise in corporate criminal defence to advise clients on the spectrum of tax fraud cases. The group is also experienced in multi-jurisdictional matters, where tax investigations in other EU countries have led to parallel UK investigations. Louise Hodges leads the criminal litigation department, while David Sleight heads the tax investigations team.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Viewed by some as ‘a market leader in this field‘, Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for its ‘wealth of experience in all areas of criminal and regulatory work’ while its extradition practice is ‘extremely well respected‘. The ‘very strong‘ team acts for individuals and corporations in cases concerning driving offences, extradition, sexual offences, fraud and matters with international elements. The ‘outstandingDavid Sleight, ‘cool and collectedRebecca Niblock, and Louise Hodges jointly head the practice. Sandra Paul is ‘tactical and empathetic‘. Counsel John Harding and senior associate Edmund Smyth – ‘an innovative thinker‘ – are also names to note.