Kingsley Napley LLP

Fraud: Civil Department

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What the team is known for Notable profile in civil fraud, bolstered by an exceptional reputation for financial crime work. Advises victims of fraud on investigations and litigation, as well as defending those on the receiving end of allegations, including managing associated reputational risks. Particularly adept at representing individual parties to litigation, including high-level executives, businesspeople and trustees, as well as insolvency practitioners.

Strengths An interviewee reports that the firm has "a big team of well-recognised players in the market" who are "strong on civil fraud."

A source says: "They have strength in depth, with associates and partners who have a wide range of experience," adding that the lawyers are "easy to work with, dynamic and creative."

"An exceptional team," according to commentators.

Work highlights Successfully represented, a PPI reclaim company, in its claims against a former director and shareholder in the company for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust. Also brought proceedings against another company solely owned by the defendant for knowing receipt of the fraudulently obtained funds.

Notable practitioners

Fiona Simpson
is an experienced civil fraud practitioner who regularly takes on complex cross-border cases. She also has deep experience helping clients with the defence or issuance of various forms of injunctive relief, including freezing and search orders.
"Fiona has an eye for detail, which is so important in fraud work. She can process all that complex information and make it simple enough to move the case forward." "She is meticulous, organised and efficient." "Clients love Fiona and she has the ability to drive litigation in the right direction."

Mary Young
has a growing bank of experience in civil fraud matters, representing corporate and individual clients in litigation as well as advising them on asset tracing and freezing injunctions.
"Mary has an excellent ability to turn very complicated work into straightforward, simple material." "She is a formidable package - motivated, with a keen eye for detail and great intellectual capacity." "Mary is forward-thinking, client-friendly and focused."

Richard Foss
heads the firm's dispute resolution team and maintains a robust litigation practice which includes a focus on civil fraud matters. He regularly handles sophisticated disputes as well as assisting clients with injunctive relief.
"Richard is a dynamic lawyer who is creative and easy to work with." "He is a very solid fraud litigator." "Richard is passionate, driven and clever."

Sue Thackeray
enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for her civil fraud practice. She acts on behalf of clients in disputes concerning alleged investment and banking fraud, among other complex and high-value matters.
"She is hugely experienced and has a very commercial and focused approach." "She adds value to a case by thinking outside of the box." "Sue is super experienced and very smart at getting a deal." "Fantastic and one of the most commercially minded people in London - she allows the issues to drive her advice."

William Christopher
has extensive knowledge of civil fraud as well as cross-border asset recovery proceedings. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has notable experience in fraud claims arising from insolvency.
"William is well respected in the civil fraud area, he has the knowledge and he sees the big picture." "He is a dynamic, innovative lawyer who is very good at seeing a solution and resolving problems." "William is good technically as well as being measured and calm." "An astute litigator."