Samantha Knights > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers


Barrister specialising in immigration and asylum, civil liberties, administrative and public law and commercial litigation including arbitration. Recent and important cases include: Al Sirri/DD (Afghanistan) v SSHD, UKSC (exclusion under Refugee Convention); NS v SSHD, CJEU (Dublin Regulation transfers and EU charter); Le Geyt v UK, ECtHR (no separate provision for female juvenile offenders in Jersey); SFO v Al Zayat, CA (Crim) (proceeds of crime); Rottenberg v LB Hackney, Div Ct (noise nuisance and Art. 9 ECHR).


Called 1996; Lincoln’s Inn.


Working knowledge of French; basic Russian.


Bar Human Rights Committee; Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.


Somerville College, Oxford (1993 BA Hons); City University, London (1994 CPE); London School of Economics (2004 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Samantha Knights QCMatrix ChambersCommands respect from opponents and the judiciary when on her feet because of her control of the case and authoritative advocacy. Great to work with.

On top of its game‘, Matrix Chambers is an ‘influential and high-calibre‘ civil liberties set with a strong reputation acting in public law, unlawful detention, human trafficking, and international human rights matters. Standout silk Phillippa Kaufmann QC acted in a successful challenge against the Metropolitan Police’s use of section 14 Public Order Act against Extinction Rebellion protesters in London, as well as acting for End Violence Against Women in a judicial review of the DPP’s reduced prosecution rate for rape. Richard Hermer QC is the key name for leading claimant teams in international human rights cases and, alongside Edward Craven, is representing Maha Elgizouli in her challenge against the Home Secretary’s decision to aid the United States in the trial of her sons ‘The ISIS Beatles’ which may result in the death penalty. Samantha Knights QC is also of note as is dual-qualified Raj Desai who clients describe as being ‘exceptionally thorough.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Samantha Knights QCMatrix ChambersSamantha is an exceptional silk, an outstanding advocate and an asset to a case.