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Kingsley Napley LLP

Crime

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What the team is known for

Leading criminal team that demonstrates impressive strength in depth across a broad range of cases. Regularly acts on high-profile matters involving well-known public figures. Highly recommended for its handling of complex murder charges and historic sexual abuse investigations, and also regularly instructed on domestic assault cases. Notable strength in cases with multi-jurisdictional aspects.

Strengths

"A dynamic team that shows good attention to detail," says a source.

"The lawyers on the crime team are relentlessly good at what they do," one interviewee notes, adding: "They have a collaborative approach and are incredibly thorough and detailed in their work."

A client says: "In dealing with the firm, every aspect was outstanding and of the highest quality."

Notable practitioners

David Sleight is an experienced criminal defence practitioner who handles a broad array of cases ranging from traffic offences to allegations of bodily and sexual harm.
"An excellent lawyer who is at the top of his game." "His client care is exceptional." "He is absolutely devoted to his clients and his work and it shows." "He throws his heart and soul into cases and his advice is spot on."

Senior associate Edmund Smyth regularly assists with challenging cases concerning assault, rape and other serious criminal allegations. He has experience advising high net worth individuals along with other high-profile clients.
"He is a very capable criminal defence lawyer." "A joy to work with - he is committed, supportive and a very good solicitor."

John Harding is now legal counsel within the firm's general crime team and continues to provide the benefit of his many years' experience in criminal defence work. His wide-ranging expertise includes cases of sexual assault and death by dangerous driving.
"John is a real legend for criminal defence and a man that you absolutely want in your corner."

Nick Dent is a senior associate with a growing reputation as a criminal defence solicitor. He has considerable experience assisting high-profile clients, including celebrities, with sexual offence cases and other serious criminal charges.
"He is quite fantastic and knows his cases inside and out." "He has extremely good judgement and tactical skills." "Incredibly thorough and very down to earth - he can see through to what's important on a case."

Sandra Paul is skilled at handling criminal cases involving celebrities and other high-profile individuals, including historic sex offence allegations in the entertainment world. She also frequently represents young people at all stages of criminal proceedings.
"We found Sandra to be an excellent advocate - she was patient and listened so intently to every detail so she had a full understanding of our case. She was reassuring and compassionate while also being assertive, perseverant and clear-headed." "She is brilliant and brings a lot to the table - she has a calmness and authority about her and is hugely respected."

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Crime Department

Kingsley Napley LLP

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Knights Quarter

14 St John's Lane

London

Greater London

UK

EC1M 4AJ

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David Sleight
Band 3
Edmund Smyth
Associates to watch
John Harding
Senior Statespeople
Nick Dent
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Sandra Paul
Band 1