Mr Edward Knight > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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Edward’s practice centres on commercial, company and insolvency disputes, both in litigation and arbitration.

Edward has particular skill in dealing with fraud cases and financial issues, having formerly qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995.  His expertise enables him to approach matters with an understanding of the practical realities of business and is applicable to a wide range of commercial disputes.

In addition to appearing in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, Edward has appeared in the High Court in Anguilla, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and the Privy Council and in the DIFC Courts in Dubai.  He has also been involved in litigation in other off-shore jurisdictions and in Africa.

Edward has also acted as lead counsel in an ICSID Investor-State arbitration in Paris and previously in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, both in claims relating to the expropriation of foreign investments by state organs.

Edward is a DIFC (Dubai) Part II registered practitioner.


Chartered accountant 1998; called 1999, Middle Temple.


  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA)
  • Bar of Anguilla
  • Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • LCIA



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 6

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London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

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Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

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With particularly strong connections to Dubai, XXIV Old Buildings has an established reputation in the Middle East for its members acting in litigation and arbitration within the commercial, construction, and banking and finance areas. In Nest Investments Holding Lebanon v Deloitte and Touche, Steven Thompson KC acted on an application to the DIFC Court of Appeal regarding a preliminary trial related to recoverability of loss and the status of foreign law in the DIFC. Arshad Ghaffar acted on behalf of a defendant in IDBI v Barghouthi & Others, a DIFC claim filed by an Indian development finance institution against a Kuwaiti telecoms provider. Edward Knight’s practice continues to focus on international commercial contract disputes, as well as significant activity in ICC, DIAC and other institutional arbitrations.