Profession mourns loss of Napley

Kingsley Napley is mourning the loss of co-founding partner Sir David Napley, one of the country's most famous legal household names.

Sir David, a widely-respected lawyer and colourful personality, was closely identified in the public's eye with the firm he set up with the late Sidney Kingsley in 1937.

Partners and staff are “devastated” by the death but the firm itself is in a strong position and will not be damaged by his loss.

A former Law Society president, he made an “outstanding contribution” to the profession and the law, says current president Charles Elly.

Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC says: “he will be much missed”.