Peter Knox QC

Profile

Peter Knox QC is an experienced advocate in Commercial, Chancery, Professional Negligence, Property, and Constitutional and Administrative Law.

After being made head of chambers in June 2013 Peter has continued to have a strong presence in all these practice areas in the High Court (Chancery Division, Queen's Bench Division & Commercial Court), the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, in which he has many reported cases.

In particular, he appeared in two leading cases in these fields over the last few years, the Supreme Court’s decision in Holland v. HMRC [2010] 1 WLR 2793 (about de facto directors and corporate directors), and the Privy Council’s decision in Paponette v. Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2012] 1 AC 1 (legitimate expectations in public law).

COMMERCIAL/CHANCERY

Peter specialises in commercial litigation in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, including in particular banking disputes involving guarantees, mortgages or swaps, distributorship and agency disputes, property disputes, civil fraud and professional negligence claims.

Recent reported decisions include:-
Hall v. Maritek Bahamas Ltd [2015] UKPC 23
JMMB Merchant Bank Ltd v. Real Estate Board [2015] UKPC 16
Adams and others v. Atlas International [2015] LTL 27.7.15
Magnic Ltd v Ul-Hassan & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 224
Hilton v D IV LLP & Ors [2015] EWHC 2 (Ch)
Salford Estates (No.2) Ltd v Altomart Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1575
Altomart Limited v Salford Estates (No. 2) Ltd (Rev 1) [2014] EWCA Civ 1408
Blue Index Ltd, Re [2014] EWHC 2680 (Ch)
Jamaican Redevelopment Foundation Inc. v. Real Estate Board [2014] UKPC 28
Beacon Insurance Co Ltd v. Maharaj Bookstore Ltd [2014] UKPC 21
Morris v Blackpool Borough Council & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 1384
Lupofresh Ltd v. Sapporo Breweries Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 948 (later permission was granted to appeal to the Supreme Court, but the case then settled).

PUBLIC, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Peter undertakes large amounts of public law work, in particular in the Privy Council.

He specialises in a broad range of appellate work there, in particular contract and constitutional law cases, and pro bono cases in capital appeals. He has acted for most of the Governments in the Caribbean on many high profile cases, and has advised on the drafting of a considerable amount of legislation.

Recent cases are:-
Steve Ferguson v. Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2016] UKPC 2
Alleyne and others v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2015] UKPC 3
Brantley and others v Constituency Boundaries Commission and others [2015] UKPC 21
Annissa Webster and others v The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2015] UKPC 10
Bimini Blue Coalition Ltd v. Prime Minister of the Bahamas [2014] UKPC 23
Attorney General v. HMB Holdings Ltd [2014] UKPC 5

Legal Directories

Legal 500 2016:
'Very clever, resourceful and charming, and excellent at cross-examination'.

Commercial Litigation: Leading Silks 

Chambers and Partners 2017:
'He is superb at stepping into a complicated, very fast-paced situation." "Incredibly bright and capable. He can turn his hand to any area of law.'
Administrative and Public Law

Chambers and Partners 2016: 
'He really puts the hours in and knows the case inside out. He is an advocate who is always polite but extremely effective'.
'His advocacy has a raconteur-like quality'.

Public and Administrative Law

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QUALIFICATIONS

British Italian Law Association MA (Classics) (First Class)
Wadham College, Oxford