"As I have mentioned before, we could not be happier with the service you gave us on the … case. I was over the moon with the ease that I was able to contact you by mobile, office and letter”Chartered Accountant, Yorkshire

Knights Solicitors' performance is assessed annually by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, on the basis of feedback from our clients, from our professional contacts from other solicitors.

Chambers UK Directory 2013 Print E-mail

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)
Legal 500 2011 Print E-mail
  • Crime, fraud and licencing - Crime (Band 2)
  • Human Resources - Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex (Band 3)
  • Insurance - Professional Negligence (Band 3)
  • Private Client - Agriculture and Estates (Band 2)
  • Public Sectore - Local Government (Band 3)
  • Real Estate - Environment (Band 3)
  • Real Estate - Planning
  • Real Estate - Property Litigation (Band 3)
  • TMT (Technology, media and telecoms) - Sport (Band 2) 
Legal 500 Commentary — Agriculture & Estates

Matthew Knight’s team at Knights is considered an ‘exceptional specialist’ in agricultural litigation, and in 2010 opposed a public right of way claim by the Ramblers’ Association on behalf of landholders and homeowners.

Legal 500 Commentary — Property Litigation

Knights acts for farms and estates in a variety of property-related claims.

Chambers UK 2011 Print E-mail
  • Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 1 - sole Band 1 Leading Firm in the South)
  • Crime (Band 1)
  • Employment (Band 3)

Chambers Commentary — Agriculture & Rural Affairs

The Firm This team is renowned for its contentious work, and has specialist knowledge of the Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  The team has expertise in freehold property disputes, rights of way issues, trespass and nuisance claims, and food safety.  It has recently acted in public law litigation and is frequently called upon to advise on the formation of policy.  Sources praise the firm for devoting a "high level of care and attention to its work". 

Chambers Commentary — Crime

The Firm: This "unique and highly experienced" practice retains a loyal following due to its specialist focs on criminal matters relating to agriculture and country sports.  The firm exclusively handles private work and recently acted for Devon County Council and Norfolk County Council in judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Client Service: "They really listened to me as a client - I would definitely use them again if I ever had the opportunity".

Legal 500 2010 Print E-mail
  • Agriculture & Estates (Band 2)
  • Crime (Band 2)
  • Sport (Band 2)
  • Employment (Band 3)
  • Property Litigation (Band 3)
  • Environment (Band 3)

Legal 500 Commentary — Agriculture & Estates

Matthew Knight leads the team at Knights. In 2009, the practice successfully acted for a defendant who faced allegations of causing unnecessary suffering to his horse by failing to provide veterinary treatment for a leg injury.

Legal 500 Commentary — Crime

Knights specialises in regulatory matters and, in 2009, handled the first case relating to the Hunting Act 2004 to reach the High Court. Other cases included defending a man accused of illegal hunting, and defending a head keeper and two under keepers prosecuted for affray. 

Legal 500 Commentary — Sport

Knights focuses largely on country and target sports, but has seen an increase in instructions relating to football, cricket, rugby, rowing and racing. Matthew Knight has a longstanding reputation as a leading sports lawyer, and acts for a number of governing bodies and organisations.

Chambers UK 2010 Print E-mail
  • Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 1)
  • Crime (Band 2)
  • Employment (Band 3)

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Chambers Commentary — Agriculture & Rural Affairs

The Firm Dedicated to rural affairs and country sport, the firm specialises in contentious work, with recent highlights including a successful appearance before the Court of Appeal for Winchester College in a vehicular rights of way case. The team has also been involved in test cases concerning the interpretation of the Hunting Act 2004 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The firm's expertise encompasses heritage, food safety and trespass work, as well as the management of shooting estates.

Chambers Commentary — Crime

The Firm: Knights has a niche practice in countryside and country sports matters, which it undertakes for its private clients; it is an unrivalled choice for individuals facing charges related to hunting, animal welfare, the environment or firearms licensing.

Chambers Commentary — Employment

The Firm: Clients single this firm out for having impressive expertise, particularly in relation to rural practice employees such as farm and estate workers and gamekeepers. The team earns praise for its timely responses, and clients appreciate the high level of care and attention they receive.