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 > 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.

Described as a ‘very professional set with very good barristers‘, the offering at Matrix Chambers fields ‘superstar silkRaza Husain QC, human rights/EU expert Hugh Southey QC and trafficking specialist Samantha Knights QC. Frequently instructed in maters appearing before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, its members notably act for individuals and charities in connection with modern slavery claims and are increasingly focused on sports and business immigration. Two recent important cases are Husain’s representation of the UNHCR as intervener in G v G, a Supreme Court case on the interaction of non-refoulment and international child abduction returns, and Nick Armstrong‘s involvement in the JCWI’s challenge to the government’s “right to rent” policy. Christopher Buttler QC took silk in March 2021.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Samantha Knights QCMatrix ChambersPrecise, respected by peers and can command a room without any suggestion of arrogance. She has a mind the size of a planet.