Matthew Knight attended Newcastle University and the College of Law at Guildford. After completing his articles with Farrer & Co and undertaking two years of post-qualification experience with Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Matthew joined Cripps Harries Hall in 1984.

Founding the Firm

Two years later, Matthew became a partner. In 1994, Knights Solicitors was established. Married with three daughters, Matthew’s pastimes include shooting and tennis.

A Proud Portfolio

Since Knights Solicitors was founded, Matthew has acted in a number of reported cases. These include:

• R(oao Roudham and Larling Parish Council) v Breckland Council and Paul Rackham Ltd (Interested party) [2008] EWCA Civ 714

• Court of Appeal: Judicial Review Relating to Environmental Impact Assessment and Reasons for Planning Decisions

• In the Matter of R Mears & Co (Holdings) Ltd (1) Richard Mears (2) Tynllan Ltd v R Mears & Co (Holdings) Ltd & 6 Others (2002) 2 BCLC 1

• High Court, Chancery Division: S.459 Companies Act 1985 Proceedings

• Commissions of Customs & Excise v British Field Sports Society [1998] 1 WLR 962; [1998] 2 All ER 1003

• Court of Appeal: Successful Appeal from VAT Tribunal

• Scott & Others v National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty [1998] LTL 13/11/98 ex Tempore

• Scott & Others v National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty & Anor [1998] 2 All ER 705

• Ex Parte Scott & Others Sub Nom R v Council of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, ex Parte Scott & Others, [1998] 1 WLR 226; Independent, July 21, 1997

• High Court, Administrative Court, and Chancery Division: Challenge to National Trust Ban on Stag Hunting on its Land; Issue of Appropriate Type of Proceedings and Venue for Challenge to Vires of Actions of Statutory Charity

• R v Somerset County Council, ex Parte Fewings & Others [1995] 1 WLR 1037; [1995] 3 All ER 20

• Court of Appeal: Scope of Local Authority Powers in Relation to Land Use

• RSCPA v Johnson [2009] EWHC 2702 (Admin)

A Fine Lawyer 

Boasting many areas of expertise, Matthew Knight has received a wealth of positive feedback from clients. See what one client had to say about his experience with Knights Solicitors:

“I have worked with Knights Solicitors and, in particular, Matthew Knight on a number of transactions and dispute resolutions throughout the last 10 years. I have found that the advice I have been given has been excellent and constructive. Matthew and his colleagues have helped me resolve issues in an innovative way, which has led to a speedy resolution of the subject matter at a satisfactory cost. In particular, Matthew has a great feel for rural issues and how to obtain the best outcome for his client.” - Architect, East Sussex


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