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John Harding

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal litigation.


John undertakes general crime and police station advice, specialising particularly in relation to allegations of serious assaults, offences of a sexual nature and those relating to child abuse/abuse of positions of trust. John has represented a number of high profile individuals in connection to Operation Yewtree (police investigation into historic sex abuse). He represented the Swiss Re executive accused of murdering his young daughter, culminating in a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. He also recently represented a Russian student from an affluent Russian family in relation to an allegation of gang rape at Woolwich Crown Court. John also represents clients in relation to all forms of serious fraud and business crime prosecuted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and other government agencies. Of note is John’s representation of police officers in relation to both Stockwell inquiries and the resulting inquest in relation to John Charles de Menezes. John also acted for the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire in relation to a misconduct hearing and the Chief Constable of Cleveland in relation to allegations of corruption and misconduct in a public office. He has also represented three senior officers accused of perverting the course of justice in Operation Kalmia.


Qualified 1988; worked in a firm in Uxbridge specialising in criminal law; Kingsley Napley LLP 1990; partner 1995 to date.


The Law Society; European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA); London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA); The Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA); Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL); Solicitors Association of High Court Advocates (SAHCA).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

John Harding - Kingsley Napley LLP

Within: Crime: general

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 ‘hardworkingJohn Harding leads the general crime team alongside the ‘tenaciousDavid 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.

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