Benjamin Knight on Public Order Regulations and parliamentary procedure

Called: 2004

Benjamin Knight

HEAD OF CRIMINAL TEAM

Benjamin Knight is a highly respected and formidable barrister, recognized for his exceptional skills and extensive experience in handling some of the most complex and serious criminal cases. He is often called upon to provide expert counsel on high-profile cases involving murder, manslaughter, firearms offenses, gang violence, serious organized crime, drug trafficking, and importation, people trafficking, and the most serious cases of wounding, causing grievous bodily harm, rape, and sexual assault.

Ben’s unparalleled expertise in the Modern Slavery Act and the operation of the National Referral Mechanism make him a highly sought-after legal professional, and he has provided influential lectures and talks on the topic, both individually and alongside other top-tier experts in the field.

As leading counsel, Ben has appeared in numerous high-level cases and has experience both alone and led in the Court of Appeal and High Court. He is never phased professionally, regularly defending against two-counsel prosecution teams (silk and junior) and delivering highly persuasive arguments that have been praised by judges and opponents alike.

In 2022, Ben provided highly-influential argument in the so-called “CTLs judicial review“, the outcome of which was awaited by all criminal lawyers and by the Government – not least for its effect on the CBA industrial action.

In addition to his exceptional criminal defence practice, Ben is highly skilled in IT evidence, with a level of technical expertise that sets him apart from other legal practitioners. His ability to cross-examine experts in multiple forensic fields is well-known, and he is frequently sought out to lend his expertise in complex cases.

Ben’s impressive skill set also extends to military law, where he has successfully represented service personnel in courts-martial, earning the admiration and respect of military discipline staff.

His experience in conducting jury/Article 2 inquests, and more conventional inquests make him a valuable asset to any legal team.

Moreover, Ben is a pioneer in the legal community, being recognized for his work in establishing the LGBTQIA+ Law Clinic at Central Chambers, which reflects his commitment to ensuring that marginalized communities receive top-tier legal representation.

His niche practice in software licensing and intellectual property demonstrates his versatility and breadth of knowledge.

In summary, Ben is an impressive legal professional whose skills and expertise are highly-prised in his field. His extensive experience and exceptional legal acumen make him the ideal choice for clients seeking the very best legal representation.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation

Affiliations/Personal

Criminal Bar Association Member

LGBT+ Lawyers Division member

LGBTQ+ Law Clinic lead

Founder, presenter and producer of Northpod Law which ran for for ten years and was unique at the time of its inception

Various media appearances in the UK and USA

Member of Legal Sector Workers United (LSWU), an arm of trade union United Voices of the World (UVW)

Sample of press:

The Guardian (2019) County lines and human trafficking

Ben is often consulted by journalists for his knowledge and expertise in areas such as Modern Slavery, “tech crime”, and procedural matters.

Education

LLB (Hons.)

Université de Paris XII – Maîtrise en droit francais (mention droit des affaires)

Called to the Bar by Middle Temple.

Languages – English, French

Notable Cases

  • DPP v Crown Courts at Bristol and Manchester (& others) [2022] EWHC 2415 (Admin) – the highly-anticipated CTLs judicial review that was heavily-reported in national press.
  • R v L & R (ongoing) – vast scale drugs importation conspiracy (VHCC) (leading Anthony Williams).
  • R v X (a child) (2022) – Rape and machete attack case involving complex witness issues.
  • R v JM (2022) – Multi-trial county lines operation.
  • R v M (2022) – Multi-complainant historic youth sexual abuse.
  • R v L (2022) – Youth modern slavery.
  • R v P (2022) – Operation Blue Lancelot. Huge drug trafficking case.
  • R v A (2021) – Firearms conspiracy case.
  • R v X (2021) – Child neglect case involving complex mental health issues.
  • R v S (2021) – An unusual domestic murder involving aspects of desecration and very sensitive mitigation.
  • R v K (2021) – A youth modern slavery case receiving media attention.
  • R v M (2021) – Unusual kidnap and “torture” case involving children used in a modern slavery context.
  • R v F (2021) – Very complex familial incest case.
  • R v X (2020) – Murder.
  • R v JW (2020) – Successfully defended a young man charged with Attempted Murder.
  • R v H (2020) – Successfully defended a man charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent. Included successful submissions for the inclusion of the complainant’s background of criminal activity.
  • Inquest into the death of Paul Corness (2020) – Representing the family of the deceased. Successfully argued against a conclusion of Unlawful Killing. Described by officers as the most catastrophic RTA they had ever investigated.
  • Inquest into the death of Paul Williams (2020) – Leading Counsel (leading Mark Pritchard) representing the family of the deceased in an Article 2 jury inquest. Successfully argued for an open narrative conclusion instead of suicide of misadventure.
  • Pre – 2020 nature of practice included murder, industrial-scale drugs importation, fraud conspiracies, familial sexual assault, firearms conspiracy within a gang context, rape, domestic abuse, GBH, confiscation, firearms possession, child cruelty, digital images and historic sex allegations.
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