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Chambers UK Directory 2013 Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2013

Knights is being listed in Chambers UK Directory 2013 and, in particular, Matthew Knight will be listed as a leader of his field in respect of the following:-

  • Agriculture and rural affairs (Kent)
  • Crime (Kent)
  • Professional Negligence (Kent)
 
Richard Atkins joins Knights Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Richard Atkins who qualified as a Higher Court Advocate (Crime) in 1998 and regularly appears in magistrates and crown courts has joined Knights from the Crown Prosecution Service. He has since been appointed a partner.
 
Peter Burfoot joins Knights Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012

Peter Burfoot joins Knights Solicitors from Griffin Law where he was Managing Partner.  Peter has 34 years' experience of contentious property and commercial litigation and heads the property litigation team.

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Knights selected as UK Sports and Leisure Law Firm of the Year Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2011

Knights Solicitors have won Acquisition International's 2011 UK Sports and Leisure Law Firm of the Year award, beating off stiff competition from larger UK firms to be singled out for our outstanding reputation in countryside and sports law.  The awards recognise law firms around the globe who offer world-class expertise in a variety of legal specialisms.  This prestigious award demonstrates that smaller boutique firms with a distinct focus can outperform legal giants when deep expertise is coupled with a highly personalised service.

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Knights joins Scottish University Fees Debate Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011

Knights Solicitors advise that the Scottish Government's decision to make English students attending Scottish universities pay while Scottish and EU students go free is illegal. 

Matthew Knight, Senior Partner told the press that "While the Scottish Government might have survived a challenge under the European Convention on Human Rights - Article 14, the Equality Act 2010 clearly outlaws this policy".

The current policy is to allow Scottish and EU students apart from the rest of the UK to get university educatio nfor free while forcing students from south of the border as well as from Wales and Northern Ireleand to pay fees of up to £9000 per year.

The claim is that it is right to deny equal treatment to English students due to England, Wales and Northern Ireland not being classed as 'states' since EU law only forbids discrimination by one EU state against another.  But the Scottish Government clearly has failed to realise that the Equality Act 2010 applies to the policy.

The Equality Act 2010 part 6 - chapter 2 covers 'Further and Higher Education' and in section (1) it clearly states that "The responsible body of an institution must not discriminate against a person as to the terms on which it offers to admit the person as a student". 

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Legislation has profound effect on Gypsy and Traveller Site Management Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Matthew Knight, Senior Partner at Knights Solicitors who specialises in gyspy and traveller issues, has warned that changes in the law are having a profound effect on the way local authorities manage residential sites under their control.  Now that new legislation has come into force, he urges council officers to be particularly aware of how this will change the way they carry out their duties.
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Knights celebrate court victory for 'Brent Goose' gamekeeper Nick Parker Print E-mail
Friday, 15 July 2011

Knights Solicitors have secured a welcome victory for Nick Parker, erstwhile head gamekeeper of the Holkham Estate, in Norwich Magistrates Court today. Five charges under the Firearms Act 1968 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, including intentionally killing a Brent goose, were dropped after the Prosecution failed to offer sufficient evidence.  Mr Parker had already pleaded guilty to possessing rifle ammunition in excess of that authorised on his firearms certificate.  This case is one of several for which Knights are instructed, which are attracting heightened levels of media attention.  This is largely due to a surge of public interest in the rural practices involved in managing wildlife and increased pressure on the police to make investigating allegations of wildlife crime a priority.


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Knights open 24-hour legal helpline for the NGO and GFA Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2011

Knights Solicitors now operates a 24-hour telephone legal helpline for the Game Farmers' Association and the National Gamekeepers' Organisation.   The facility is available free to all members up to the first half-hour of telephone advice and partners are always on call to provide prompt expert legal assistance on criminal, regulatory, employment, planning and animal welfare issues. Other organisations which benefit from the Knights Legal Helpline include the MFHA, National Rifle Association and National Small-Bore Rifle Association as well as Lycetts, RK Harrison, CLA and Gauntlet Farms and Estates policy holders.  

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Knights celebrate second victory for Walna Scar Print E-mail
Monday, 24 January 2011

The Lake District National Park's Planning Committee has voted to recommend imposing a Restricted Byway  Order on Cumbria's historic Walna Scar Road, thereby criminalising the use of motorized vehicles on the rugged track between Coniston and Seathwaite.  

This further cements the High Court's decision in September to overturn an independent planning inspector's recommendation that Walna Scar Road should be a Byway Open to All Traffic, based on historic motorcycle use and championed by off-roading pressure groups. 

Knights Solicitors successfully led the Statutory Appeal in the High Court on behalf of the Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement and is delighted with this latest result.  Objections to this decision received before the 1st April will still be referred to the independent planning inspectorate but walkers, riders and cyclists who use the route are now just one step away from securing forever the safe use and environmental conservation of this wild and beautiful track.

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Knights respond to DEFRA Consultation on badger culling Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 December 2010

In support of its many Farms and Estates clients, Knights Solicitors have lodged a response to the 2010 DEFRA consultation on the culling and vaccination of badgers to control Bovine TB in England and Wales.  Senior Partner Matthew Knight is a specialist in agricultural and animal welfare law and he points out that the issue is by no means a straightforward one.  

Badger culling and vaccination comes with a number of serious implications:  restrictions on the number and public naming of Licencees, restrictions on the types of firearms allowed for the purpose, and restrictions on animal welfare activists who may attempt to interfere with a badger control programme all need careful consideration.  The cost of such a programme would be prohibitive if only Vets were granted licences, but farm staff would need training to effectively administer a vaccination or culling regime.  The law currently protects badgers and the wilful killing or injuring of badgers and interference with active badger setts is a criminal offence.  However, the devastation wrought on UK farmers in the wake of badger-carried Bovine TB demands that DEFRA takes bold steps to tackle this widespread problem.
 
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Knights Solicitors recommend GRC Bailiffs Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010

Following a number of highly successful partnerships with Grahame Rose and his team on fast-turnaround evictions of squatters and trespassers, Knights Solicitors now exclusively recommend and operate with GRC Bailiffs on all squatter evictions. This practice area complements our specialist expertise dealing with illegal gypsy encampments and fly grazers on public and private land.

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