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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services
Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

'Excellent at handling work on behalf of individuals', Kingsley Napley LLP is particularly strong at handling white-collar criminal matters where there is an overlap with financial regulation. 'Excellent' team head Louise Hodges  has a well-deserved reputation for defending individuals in market abuse cases and has recently represented LIBOR and FX. The arrival in May 2017 of senior associate Joanne Stephens from Northern Trust Corporation adds further firepower on the criminal front, particularly in relation to handling insider dealing and market abuse cases in light of her previous exposure to such cases on the prosecution side during her tenure at the enforcement division of the FCA. Eve Giles and Stephen Parkinson are also recommended.  

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing employment, regulatory, professional discipline, dispute resolution and criminal matters for individual partners, professional firms and LLPs. The team is led by 'outstanding' regulatory lawyer Iain Miller, who regularly acts for a range of firms and individuals in a regulatory and ethical matters. 'Calm and efficient' Adrian Crawford specialises in advising on the management of under-performing partners, retirements, expulsions, as well as conversions to LLP status. Julie Matheson leads on regulatory finance work and acts for accountants and accountancy firms under investigation by the Financial Reporting Council. Andreas White is another key contact.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element. The ‘hardworking’ John Harding leads the general crime team alongside the ‘tenacious’ David Sleight and Sandra Paul who is ‘head and shoulders above any other criminal defence practitioner in London’. Stephen Parkinson was promoted to senior partner, Johanna Walsh and Rebecca Niblock were promoted to partner. Senior associate Edmund Smyth is also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Sleight - Kingsley Napley LLP

John Harding - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Edmund Smyth - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP deals with international disputes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, deceit, bribery and corruption. The firm successfully defended Crockfords which operates Genting Casinos, against a claim by professional poker player Phil Ivey in which it refused to pay out winnings to him on the basis he had commited fraud against the casino by using a gambling technique called ‘edge sorting’. This case was worth £7.8m and the final judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in October 2017. Practice head Richard Foss is ‘an extremely able, versatile, and experienced partner with excellent analytical skills and very fine judgement’. Sue Thackeray  ‘doesn’t miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution’. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Sue Thackeray - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

‘One of the leading firms in this area’ Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘a team of highly experienced fraud lawyers who understand how to best represent clients’ interests’. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases of bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency frauds, benchmark manipulation, financial services litigation and financial sanctions breaches. ‘First choice for traders and City individuals under investigation’ Louise Hodges heads the team. Jonathan Grimes is ‘realistic, determined, sharp, likeable and accurate’. Stephen Parkinson has ‘a stellar reputation as one of the UK’s pre-eminent practitioners for defending individuals’, he was promoted to senior partner. Johanna Walsh and Rebecca Niblock were promoted to partner. Nicola Finnerty, who is ‘one of the great lawyers of her generation’, joined the firm as partner. Joanne Stephens as senior associate. Jill Lorimer is ‘a very hard-working and approachable solicitor’. Jo Rickards left the firm for Mishcon de Reya LLP and Eve Giles left for Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Louise Hodges - Kingsley Napley LLP

Stephen Parkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jill Lorimer - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP regularly acts on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities making claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies for negligence and breach of contract, with particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and misrepresentations. Richard Foss leads the disputes practice and is experienced in both obtaining and defending injunctive proceedings, including freezing and search orders. Gerard Cukier, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Ryan Mowat are all highly rated.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'user-friendly, capable practice' is best known for acting for entrepreneurs and successful individuals in business, but increasingly the team acts for corporate clients in major litigation. The team defended Glasgow's Rangers Football Club in long-running litigation with Sports Direct and its owner Mike Ashley (and other Sports Direct companies); the dispute involved allegations of breaches of confidential information. Richard Foss  is department head; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the best all-round litigators currently in practice'; William Christopher is 'sensible, clever and responsive'; and Gerard Cukier 'instils great confidence'. Fiona Simpson and Sue Thackeray are also highly rated. Mary Young is a key senior associate and associate Kate Salter  is 'a star of the future'.

Leading individuals

Richard Foss - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'lawyers are responsive, cases are always investigated to a high standard and they have great and detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and its application in this field'. The regulatory practice uniquely spans the healthcare, finance, education and legal service sectors and its work is complemented by the firm's criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments, with the practice's work covering fitness to practise proceedings for regulators and complex defence advice for regulated individuals. It acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in a case involving a registered sonographer facing complex and technical allegations, which included failures to scan women appropriately. Head of the regulatory team Nicola Hill is 'excellent'; the 'fabulous' Iain Miller is 'incredibly accessible, knowledgeable, thoughtful and pragmatic in his approach'; and Julie Matheson leads the team’s regulatory defence work for financial professionals and firms. Other recommended individuals are Julie Norris and Melinka Berridge and legal counsel Laura Ryan, while the key senior associates are Jenny Higgins, Lucy Williams, Sarah Harris , Shannett Thompson and Hannah Eales.

Leading individuals

Iain Miller  - Kingsley Napley LLP

Julie Norris - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicola Hill - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jenny Higgins - Kingsley Napley LLP

Laura Ryan - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP stands out for its experience acting for senior executives in contentious matters with recent work including handling unfair dismissal claims, disciplinary investigations and sex discrimination claims. Richard Fox leads the department and is highly regarded for his confidentiality and restrictive covenants expertise, Adrian Crawford focuses on the financial and professional services sectors, Adam Lambert is noted for his experience in boardroom and partnership disputes, redundancies, discrimination claims and TUPE; and Andreas White is a key name for international clients. Employer clients include RSM, the Health and Care Professions Council and Whitehouse Post Productions.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Jonathan Grimes leads the 'excellent' team at Kingsley Napley LLP, which 'has real expertise defending individuals and directors charged with health and safety offences' and is increasingly acting for corporate clients. Criminal lawyer Grimes receives praise for his 'great attention to detail and extremely savvy approach'; he regularly acts for clients in police and HSE investigations, inquests and in the criminal courts. Melinka Berridge is also a name to note; she is a member of the firm's regulatory team and acts for clients in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

The ‘brilliant’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is particularly experienced in acting for business immigration clients in the legal, professional and financial services, media and entertainment, technology and energy sectors. It also handles multi-faceted immigration cases for private individuals. Department head Nicolas Rollason has ‘extensive experience, particularly in business-related immigration’ and provides strategic advice to businesses on their UK and global immigration needs, as well as advising investors, entrepreneurs, well-known individuals and other ultra-high-net-worth clients. Other key figures include Ilda de Sousa, who is ‘calm, professional and very easy to work with’ and regularly acts for investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals; the 'first-rate' Marcia Longdon, who is particularly experienced in advising clients active in the creative and entertainment sectors; the 'excellent' Elspeth Guild; Andrew Tingley, who ‘inspires confidence’ and is ‘reassuring, unflappable and goes way beyond what is expected’ in his advice to high-net-worth individuals, start-ups in relation to Tier 1 applications, appeals, family applications, surrogacy and complex applications; and senior associate Katie Newbury, who is ‘very experienced and is adept at dealing with a range of clients’. She specialises in complex and challenging personal immigration instructions, such as applications for Tier 1 applications, nationality and human rights matters, as well as international surrogacy and adoption issues. Legal counsel Gillian Brownlee handles personal and business immigration matters and is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals. Associates Conor Boyd, Kim Vowden, Rizwana Quazi and Jessica Jim are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Elspeth Guild - Kingsley Napley LLP

Marcia Longdon - Kingsley Napley LLP

Nicolas Rollason - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katie Newbury - Kingsley Napley LLP

Kim Vowden - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is a firm with 'a well-deserved, longstanding reputation in this field'. Cases range in value from to several thousands of pounds to several million pounds, covering cerebral palsy, brain damage and a range of catastrophic injury cases. A 'doyenne of the field', Kate Rohde is 'experienced and reliable' and committed to 'achieving the best possible outcome for the client'.  Terrence Donovan is a 'highly experienced litigator' who focuses on cases involving cerebral palsy and brain injury. Laura Sylvester is a 'notably caring and conscientious practitioner, but with a steely core'. Bridget Hughes is an 'excellent and careful lawyer' and Punam Sood is a 'front rank litigator'.

Leading individuals

Kate Rohde - Kingsley Napley LLP

Terrence Donovan - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Punam Sood - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

The ‘strong’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in claims involving solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, and property and construction professionals. It also stands out for its experience in combined probate and professional negligence disputes. Team head Richard Foss is a ‘very experienced litigator’ who has ‘sound judgement’ and ‘excellent client skills’. Senior associate Mary Young is praised for her ‘great attention to detail’; she is ‘technically very sound’ and a ‘determined fighter’. Ryan Mowat and senior associate Jemma Brimblecombe are also key members of the department.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's team ‘adopts an easy and collaborative style which is a great catalyst to case preparation and ultimately a successful outcome for its clients’. Practice head Ryan Mowat continues to attract complex and varied work including an increasing proportion of work involving fraud or with offshore elements. He is a member of ACTAPS and an accredited mediator. Recommended associates include Kate Salter, who is ‘building up a fantastic reputation in this field'; Anna Metadjer, who is ‘very competent, calm and reassuring'; and the 'terrific'  Katherine Pymont.

Leading individuals

Ryan Mowat - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kate Salter - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP  provides an ‘excellent service to its vulnerable clients’. Simon Hardy  has a ‘personal touch with clients, who is very knowledgeable and has a real empathy with his clients’. Anita Gill joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP  and is a ‘hugely experienced and a respected panel deputy and COP practitioner’. Gill is adept at administering and managing the affairs of the elderly particularly those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The team primarily assists clients with property and affairs matters. Many of its clients lack capacity due to a catastrophic medical negligence or an acquired brain injury. The team is one to watch.

Leading individuals

Simon Hardy - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is a ‘stellar firm with well-regarded partners and associates alike. It is known for being very experienced in both finance and children cases. The firm as a whole provides a Rolls Royce service’. It has particular expertise in cases with an international/jurisdictional element. Charlotte Bradley  is a ‘superb figurehead with an excellent grasp of the law’. Michael Rowlands  is a ‘champion for the client – he will relentlessly pursue the best possible result for his client’. Jane Keir  is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ and Rachel Freeman  is ‘extremely conscientious with impeccable judgement’. Senior associate Abby Buckland  is one of the ‘firm’s many rising stars with exceptional judgement’. Stacey Nevin has ‘client care that is second to none’. Alexandra Bishop  is ‘incredibly diligent and misses nothing’ –both are associates. Claire Wood recently left to join Rayden Solicitors  and the ‘highly regarded’ Sital Fontenelle  joined the team from Irwin Mitchell.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - Kingsley Napley LLP

Jane Keir - Kingsley Napley LLP

Michael Rowlands - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lauren Evans - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Kingsley Napley LLP

Charlotte Bradley  at Kingsley Napley LLP  is ‘doing incredibly well and is getting fantastic results for her clients. She deservedly has a strong reputation in this field. We are impressed by her ability to maintain her commitment to mediation whilst also running a large and busy department’. Bradley is ‘a ‘go to’ mediator for complex assets or complex people. She has an infectious commitment for mediation and this singles her out as one of the best practitioners in the City’. Senior associate Connie Atkinson  is a qualified mediator and is ‘growing in poise and experience. She has an eye for detail and a strong sense of direction for her cases’.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Bradley - Kingsley Napley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Connie Atkinson - Kingsley Napley LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

Jim Sawer  at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘practical, sensible and has loads of common sense which is based on experience’. He advises a number of landed, entrepreneurial and business clients on tax, trust and succession issues. Senior associate Joseph Austin  is ‘very precise and he is experienced in international estate planning matters’. The group has strong Middle Eastern connections and is handling an increasing number of referrals from private banks and accountants. Matthew Duncan joined Druces LLP .

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP is held up for 'giving pragmatic advice which always demonstrates a sensitivity to the concerns and objectives of the client' and is praised for its 'extensive experience of high-profile public inquiries.' Team head Adam Chapman 'provides clear and firm advice and demonstrates a keen insight on the likely decisions and responses a public inquiry is likely to make.' It counts a range of major regulatory bodies and government departments among its clients and its broad public law expertise includes judicial reviews, human rights law, public inquiries and inquests. Sophie Kemp has substantial expertise in major public inquiries and inquests and is representing a former Metropolitan Police commander in connection with the undercover policing inquiry. Other noted team members include regulatory expert Iain Miller,  Emily Carter  'who is not afraid to provide advice which may be unpopular with the client',  Caroline Day and Nick Wrightson. The team acted for David Crompton, the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, in a landmark judicial review against the Police and Crime Commissioner, in which he successfully challenged the decision to force him to resign following the Hillsborough Inquest verdicts. In other work, it is advising on major public inquires in the legal, healthcare and energy sectors.

Leading individuals

Adam Chapman - Kingsley Napley LLP

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London: Real estate

Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has a ‘growing presence and a breadth of work and experience’. The team has expertise in handling high-value London properties and country houses for high-net-worth individuals. Partner Bethan Owen is ‘commercial, knowledgeable and highly competent’ and is ‘incredibly generous with her time and expertise’, ‘managing client relationships well’. Owen specialises in acquisitions, developments, finance, sales, enfranchisement and has carved out a niche base of celebrity clients. Paul Harbour heads the team which has seen the arrival of Richard Roberts from Bates Wells Braithwaite.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP 's media and reputation unit acts for high-profile individuals and corporations with a particularly strong sports, entertainment and political focus. Other areas of expertise include pre-publication and post-publication advice and injunctions. Team Head Charlotte Harris and Gerard Cukier are praised for their ‘brilliant client care’; they acted for Rt Hon Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by a journalist and former police officer. Helen Morris is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

Covering 'a broad range of sports work', including commercial disputes, transactional work, reputation management and regulatory matters, the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has 'a very deep understanding of the sector'. 'No-nonsense' group head Sue Thackeray has 'an unrivalled knowledge of motorsports', and 'marries a broad legal knowledge with a disarming manner – the other side doesn't know it's been hit 'til it's on the floor'. Ryan Mowat 'loves nothing better than turning a difficult case into a winner'; he acted for Rangers FC in a long-running commercial dispute with Sports Direct, which was settled in June 2017. 'Elder statesman' Gerard Cukier and criminal expert David Sleight are also active in sports litigation.

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