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David Sleight

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Criminal litigation.


David has an extensive criminal litigation background in both general and financial crime matters. He regularly acts for both companies and individuals in high-profile cases where reputation management forms an important part of his representation. David specialises in providing pre-charge advice to those facing potential criminal proceedings. He has substantial experience in advising at the crucial early stages of an investigation, including representation of clients who are arrested and interviewed under caution. Astute and practical in his approach, David’s early involvement in the case can make the difference between being charged with an offence or not. David’s white-collar crime practice includes acting for those accused of complex financial investigations involving fraud, overseas corruption and mutual legal assistance. He has particular experience in defending money laundering allegations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as well as the associated proceedings relating to restraint, forfeiture and confiscation. David has developed a specialist expertise in advising in cross border tax litigation involving mutual legal assistance between member states.


Publications of note: The law regarding entrapment (Law Society Gazette); HMRC increasingly takes criminal prosecution route (


Law Society; London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association; Association of Military Court Advocates; Fraud Lawyers Association.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

David Sleight - 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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

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 statesmanGerard Cukier and criminal expert David Sleight are also active in sports litigation.

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