Nicola Finnerty > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal Litigation


Nicola is a leading criminal defence expert in white collar and business crime, general criminal defence, and proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture. Her expertise includes dealing with fraud, bribery and corruption, cartels, insider dealing, money laundering, and director’s disqualification.

Over the last 25 years she has been involved in many of the most high-profile, complex criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. She represents high net worth individuals, multi-national corporate clients, financial institutions and professional firms in investigations and proceedings brought by all the UK enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, NCA, and other prosecuting bodies.

She conducts and advises in internal investigations and is regularly appointed as an independent legal advisor. She also advises on matters relating to Mutual Legal Assistance.

Nicola has a wider criminal defence practice and has significant experience of representing suspects during the investigatory stage or while held in police custody and during police interview.


Peters & Peters (1992-2000); Corker Binning (founding partner) for over 13 years (2000-2014); Kingsley Napley (2018 – present).


Fraud Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Nicola FinnertyKingsley 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.