Kingsley Napley LLP


For immediate release 2 May 2017

Kingsley Napley announces three new partners taking its female partnership ratio to over 50%.

Kingsley Napley LLP is pleased to announce its new partner round promotes three female lawyers at the firm, meaning women now make up 52% of its partnership. The promotions, effective this week, include:
Brandusa Tataru-Marinescu who has been promoted to Partner in the Real Estate team. Brandusa specialises in non-contentious construction work and has acted for both domestic and international clients (developers, contractors, high-net worth individuals, investors, lenders and real estate funds) on a variety of projects (residential, commercial and mixed use schemes). She joined the firm from Taylor Wessing in 2015.

Rebecca Niblock who becomes a Partner in the Criminal Litigation team. Rebecca is a specialist white collar and extradition lawyer with significant experience in both domestic criminal litigation and cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. She has acted for defendants in a range of criminal matters from serious fraud, money laundering and corruption, and in SFO and FCA investigations. She has successfully defended a large number of persons requested by other states both inside and outside the EU in extradition proceedings at all levels. Rebecca has co-written one of the leading practitioner texts on extradition law, now in its second edition. Rebecca joined the firm in 2012.

Johanna Walsh who also becomes a Partner in the Criminal Litigation team. Johanna joined Kingsley Napley from DLA Piper in 2014. Johanna’s focus is fraud and corruption cases where she has acted for individuals and corporates being prosecuted by the SFO, FCA and CPS. She also has experience of corporate internal investigations some of which resulted in self-reports to regulators and prosecutors. She was part of the Kingsley Napley team recently advising Tesco on its case with the SFO.

Separately the firm has appointed Joanne Stephens as a Senior Associate in the Criminal Litigation team. Joanne joins from Northern Trust Corporation where she held a compliance role. From 2011-216 she worked in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She brings rich experience of regulatory compliance in the banking sector and business crime to Kingsley Napley’s criminal defence team and Financial Services practice.

Linda Woolley, Managing Partner of Kingsley Napley, comments,
“Our three new partners are thoroughly deserving of their success. Each has grown in stature and experience in their roles and respective practice areas and are highly regarded by peers and the firm’s clients. Their promotions continue to strengthen the firm’s record for recognising talented women in the law. I am also delighted to welcome Joanne Stephens to the firm. Her skill set and experience makes her a good-fit hire for us and will help our increasingly busy financial services practice.


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Today’s announcement brings the total number of Kingsley Napley partners to 52. The firm can now boast that 52% of its partners are female and of the firm’s qualified fee earners (incl partners) 69% are female.

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