Christopher Knight > Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
11 KING'S BENCH WALK
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Barrister specialising in public, information and employment law. Recent cases include: Kennedy v Charity Commission  UKSC 20 (Article 10 and freedom of information); R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association) v Lord Chancellor  EWHC 295 (Admin) (challenge to the criminal legal aid tender process on behalf of criminal legal aid defence firms); Noon v Matthews  EWHC 4330 (Admin) (delegation of prosecutions by the Conservators of the River Cam); UCAS v ICO & Lucas  UKUT 557 (AAC) (the applicability of FOIA to a partially designated body); Chief Constable of West Midlands v Harrod (EAT, A19 police pensions test litigation); R (Hollis) v Association of Certified Chartered Accountants  EWHC 2572 (Admin) (professional regulation of accountants); and Adegbola v Marks & Spencer  EWCA Civ 1808 (relevance of prior written warnings).
Called 2008; Inner Temple; college Lecturer in Law, Christ Church, Oxford 2008; judicial assistant to the Justices of the Supreme Court (2009-10). Author of numerous articles, case notes and book reviews in leading academic journals, including the ‘Law Quarterly Review’, ‘Cambridge Law Journal’, ‘Public Law’ and ‘Judicial Review’. Co-author of Bradley, Ewing & Knight, ‘Constitutional and Administrative Law’ (2014, 16th ed., Pearson). Co-author of ‘The New Tribunals Handbook’ (2011, Bloomsbury Professional). Contributor to ‘Tolley’s Employment Law Handbook’.
ALBA; ELBA; ELA; ARDL; HRLA; Society of Legal Scholars.
Queens’ College, Cambridge (MA Hons); St John’s College, Oxford (BCL); Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1
A set with ‘real strength and depth across the board, whose members appear in most of the major cases‘, 11KBW is active across the public law space, with many members of chambers active for defendants represented by the Government Legal Department, as well as other government bodies, quangos, and some claimant work. Members were on both sides of Lincolnshire Police’s ultimately unsuccessful challenge to the College of Policing’s plan to effectively transform policing into a graduate profession – Jonathan Moffett QC and Christopher Knight for the College of Policing and Charles Bourne QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) and Aileen McColgan QC (a 2020 silk appointment) for the force. The set is ‘one of the leading chambers for dealing with public law issues affecting the health sector‘: Andrew Sharland QC defeated a challenge to the Royal College of Physicians’ neutral stance on assisted dying brought by some of the organisation’s members opposed to it. Clive Sheldon QC successfully represented the government in the Court of Appeal in R (BPAS) v Department of Health concerning the meaning of “the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week” in the Abortion Act 1967. Unled, Jonathan Auburn represented the defendant in R (Leighton) v Lord Chancellor, in which disability activists challenged the lack of qualified one-way costs shifting in discrimination claims. Elizabeth Prochaska, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined chambers from the role of legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
11KBW is an ‘excellent set with very proactive and high-powered silks’ who are frequently engaged in civil liberties matters pertaining to immigration, social care, and detention. Leading silk Jason Coppel QC represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the immigration rights of human trafficking victims, as well as acting for NGO Maternity Action in a judicial review challenging the NHS charging regime for disproportionately impacting migrant women. Tom Cross is engaged in a judicial review for the parents of Charlie Hughes who are challenging the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines over the prescription of cannabis-based medicine to children. ‘King of data rights‘ Christopher Knight is also of note and has expertise across media and privacy law-related human rights claims. Aileen McColgan QC has strengthened the set with her elevation to silk in early 2020.
As ‘a leading set in the field with class-leading experience and strength in depth‘, 11KBW is ‘a first choice for information law matters‘ and is ‘pre-eminent in the data protection world‘. Chambers’ presence in complex and high-profile data work continues, fielding top-choice barristers for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and other public authorities alongside notable expertise handling private-sector work. The ‘bright, responsive and hardworking‘ Anya Proops QC and Rupert Paines are defending Morrisons in the Supreme Court in a Data Protection Act 1998 claim arising from a data incident in which a rogue employee uploaded the payroll information of employees to the internet. Timothy Pitt-Payne QC remains a key silk in the arena, while Christopher Knight, David Glen and Robin Hopkins are dominant juniors. Glen and Hannah Ready joined following the closure of One Brick Court in 2019.