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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

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 'outstanding' David Sleight, 'cool and collected' Rebecca 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.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: 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.

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