Aaron Watkins has joined law firm Kingsley Napley LLP to co-head its new international protection practice. 


Aaron Watkins

Watkins, who was a member of Matrix Chambers until 2019 and then Cloth Fair Chambers, is experienced in the fields of extradition, mutual legal assistance, connected areas including asylum and public law and also in financial and business crime.

He will develop and co-lead the practice alongside partner Rebecca Niblock. Its focus will be on helping high net worth and high-profile individuals who are under scrutiny and face the risk of prosecution by authorities, whether the likes of the SFO, NCA, HMRC or FCA based here or equivalent agencies overseas.

Hodges said: 'Aaron is a fantastic addition to the criminal litigation team and I am delighted that he will be working alongside Rebecca Niblock to launch our International Protection practice. This team will provide specialist support and advice to individuals facing complex situations across multiple jurisdictions including extradition or Interpol notices, asset denial (including Asset Forfeiture orders or Unexplained Wealth Orders), immigration and asylum issues or international family or financial arrangements. In addition Aaron has the expertise to advise on a range of financial crime and public law matters.'

Watkins commented: 'This is an exciting new chapter for me professionally. There is a real opportunity to cement Kingsley Napley’s reputation as the go-to firm for International Protection assistance and I am looking forward to working with excellent lawyers like Jonathan Grimes, Katherine Tyler, Katie Newbury, Elspeth Guild and Nick Rollason to deliver on this as well as Kingsley Napley’s wider Criminal Litigation practice.'