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  • Commercial
  • Commercial - Business Protection
  • Commercial - Commercial Contract
  • Commercial Judicial Review
  • Education
  • Employment
  • European Union
  • Health & Community Care
  • Human Rights
  • Information
  • Media Law
  • Pensions
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law
  • Public
  • Public International Law
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    Christopher Knight

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    Christopher Knight in first Gambling Act case in Court of Appeal

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    Local Authority Conference 2016 'Information Law update'

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Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight

Practice Overview

Christopher’s main areas of practice are in public law and human rights, education law, information law, and employment law. He has a wide experience of regulatory work, including licensing and gambling, and of local government law in areas ranging from community care and mental health to setting up academy schools and special educational needs. His clients range from Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary to the Conservators of the River Cam, and from charities to local authorities and police forces. He is ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in Administrative & Public Law and in Data Protection. 

Christopher is a public law specialist who has appeared in a number of high-profile challenges: in the junior doctors’ contract judicial review; to the summer 2012 English GCSE results; and for criminal legal aid solicitors in their major challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s tender exercise for duty provider work contracts. He has a particular expertise in licensing law and has regularly appeared in the Gambling jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal. He has acted for a number of different regulators and is described in Chambers & Partners 2016 as being “well regarded for his strength in complex judicial review proceedings”. He is currently acting for the Government in the litigation concerning the issue of the Article 50 notification to begin the process of withdrawing from the European Union. 

Christopher regularly appears in the Information Rights jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal for a variety of parties, and has acted in the Upper Tribunal on a number of occasions, including the leading authorities on the approach to the data protection exemption (Goldsmith and Haslam). He appeared before the Supreme Court in Kennedy v Charity Commission and a number of high-profile data protection cases in the High Court (Kololo, Lin). He regularly represents parties and advises on freedom of information and data protection matters, including subject access request claims, data protection breaches and appeals against monetary penalty notices. Chambers & Partners 2016 described him as having “a growing reputation as an accomplished junior” and noted that he “understands that data protection is not unidimensional - you have to look at it in the round, and he indisputably does so”. 

He has a broad experience across all areas of employment law, successfully defending a number of lengthy hearings. He has appeared, successfully and unled, in the EAT and the Court of Appeal. Christopher is currently instructed in an appeal to the Court of Appeal in a major age discrimination test case concerning the legality of compulsory retirements in various police forces (the ‘A19 litigation’). 

Christopher is the co-author of the leading textbook, Bradley, Ewing & Knight on Constitutional and Administrative Law (2014, Pearson) and of The New Tribunals Handbook (2011, Bloomsbury), as well as being a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Handbook. He is an Editor of the White Book with responsibility for Supreme Court and Privy Council procedure and is a Consulting Editor for the Butterworths Local Government Reports. He has written a number of articles, case notes and book reviews for leading legal journals, including: Public Law, the Law Quarterly Review, the Cambridge Law Journal and Judicial Review. 

During 2009-2010 Christopher worked as one of the first Judicial Assistants to the Justices of the UK Supreme Court, where he assisted Lord Mance on many leading cases in his current practice areas. 

During 2008 Christopher was a College Lecturer in Law at Christ Church, Oxford, teaching administrative law at Christ Church and at Merton College. He graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with Double First Class Honours in Law. He obtained a Distinction from St John’s College, Oxford on the BCL, and was rated ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course. He was a recipient of the Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship for the BCL. He is a member of ALBA, ELBA, ELA, the ARDL, Liberty, the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Society of Legal Scholars. 

What the Directories say 

Christopher is ranked in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in Administrative & Public Law and in Data Protection.

He has a deep understanding of the Freedom of Information Act and good judgement” (Legal 500, 2016)

He is very helpful and willing to go the extra mile, and is also good at reassuring you during cases with unchartered waters” (C&P, 2016)

He is very thorough, knows his law well and is good at articulating his views to solicitors and clients” (C&P, 2016)

He is very sharp and adds a good deal of value in whatever role he's instructed” (C&P, 2015)

He has an 'older than his years' way about him, and is one to watch” (C&P, 2015)

He is a clear and lucid advocate” (Legal 500, 2015)

An exceptionally able barrister” (Legal 500, 2015)

Cases

R (Justice for Health Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health
[2016] EWHC 2338 (Admin)
Junior to Jason Coppel QC; acting for the NHS Confederation as an Interested Party in the legal challenge to the introduction of the new national contract for junior doctors (instructed by Capsticks Solicitors LLP) 

Bangura v Loughborough University Authority
[2016] EWHC 1503 (QB)
Defending a Data Protection Act 1998 claim concerning the provision by the University of personal details of a student to the police investigating serious sexual assault cases (instructed by Shakespeare Martineau)

R (Hottak) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
[2016] EWCA Civ 438
Junior to Jonathan Swift QC; the leading authority on the extra-territorial effect of the Equality Act 2010 in the context of the Government’s support scheme for locally-employed interpreting staff in Afghanistan (instructed by the Government Legal Department)

R (Harris) v Broads Authority
[2016] EWHC 799 (Admin)
Junior to Nigel Giffin QC; acted for the Broads Authority defending it’s branding of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads as a national park, raising issues of vires, statutory prohibitions and fair consultation (instructed by NPLaw)

Haslam v Information Commissioner & Bolton Council
[2016] UKUT 139 (AAC)
A high-profile appeal relating to the personal data exemption in section 40 FOIA where the request was for the names of councillors who had been the subject of court summons for non-payment of council tax (instructed by Bolton Council)

Gambling Commission v Greene King Brewing and Retailing
[2016] UKUT 50 (AAC)
Junior to Philip Kolvin QC; the first appellate case concerning the scope of the Gambling Commission’s powers, arising in the context of a licence application to allow commercial bingo in pubs (instructed by the Gambling Commission)

Lin v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
[2015] EWHC 2484 (QB)
Junior to Anya Proops; high-profile subject access request by the individuals suspected of murdering Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand for a Metropolitan Police report into the Thai investigation which considered the scope of the section 29 law enforcement exemption in the Data Protection Act (instructed by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner)

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v London Borough of Bromley
[2015] EWHC 1954 (Ch); [2015] LGR 622
Junior to Nigel Giffin QC; acted for Tower Hamlets in Part 8 proceedings concerning the ownership of a Henry Moore sculpture purchased by the London County Council in 1962, including the application of the tort of conversion (instructed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets)

Chief Constable of West Midlands Police & Others v Harrod & Others
[2015] IRLR 790, EAT (Langstaff P) 
Junior to John Cavanagh QC; appeared for five police forces successfully overturning the ET concerning the compulsory retirement of police officers under regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 and multiple claims of indirect age discrimination (instructed by Devon & Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, North Wales and South Wales Police)

R (Hardy) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council; Zacchaeus 2000 Trust intervening
[2015] EWHC 890 (Admin); [2015] LGR 283
Acted for the Intervener in a challenge to a discretionary housing payment award on the basis that it took into account receipt of the care component of the disability living allowance contrary to guidance and in breach of Article 14 ECHR and the Equality Act 2010 (instructed by Leigh Day)

R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association) v Lord Chancellor
[2015] EWHC 295 (Admin)
Junior to Jason Coppel QC; challenge to the criminal legal aid tender process on rationality, Tameside and procurement grounds on behalf of criminal legal aid defence firms (instructed by Kingsley Napley)

Kololo v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
[2015] EWHC 600 (QB); [2015] 1 WLR 3702
Junior to Anya Proops; claim to enforce a subject access request under the DPA where the purpose was not to protect privacy but to obtain material for foreign criminal appeal proceedings (instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service)

Universities and Colleges Admission Service v Information Commissioner & Lord Lucas
[2014] UKUT 557 (AAC); [2015] ELR 112
Addressing the scope of the limited designation of UCAS as a public authority subject to FOIA. The Upper Tribunal agreed with the Commissioner’s broader interpretation of the scope (instructed by the Information Commissioner)

Goldsmith International Business School v Information Commissioner and Home Office
[2014] UKUT 563 (AAC)
An appeal relating to the personal data exemption in section 40 FOIA, setting out a framework of how to approach cases relying upon condition 6 of Schedule 2 to the DPA (instructed by the Information Commissioner)

Noon v Matthews
[2014] EWHC 4330 (Admin)
Appeal by way of case stated on behalf of the Conservators of the River Cam relating to prosecutions which were stayed as an unlawful delegation of power by the Conservators to their officers (instructed by Hewitsons LLP)

Kennedy v Charity Commission
[2014] UKSC 20; [2014] 2 WLR 808
Junior to Richard Clayton QC; appeared for the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Campaign for Freedom of Information, intervening on the application of Article 10 ECHR to a right of access to information and the interplay with FOIA (instructed by the Media Legal Defence Initiative)

R (Zacchaeus 2000 Trust) v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
[2013] EWHC 233 (Admin); [2013] PTSR 785; [2013] EqLR 609; [2013] EWCA Civ 1202
Junior to Elisabeth Laing QC; appeared for the Trust bringing a judicial review of a plank of the Government’s housing benefit changes on vires and public sector equality duty grounds (instructed by Leigh Day)

R (London Borough of Lewisham) v AQA, Edexcel and Ofqual
[2013] EWHC 211 (Admin); [2013] ELR 281
Junior to Nigel Giffin QC; appeared for Edexcel defending a major judicial review challenge alleging conspicuous unfairness in the grading of GCSE English results in June 2012 (instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)


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