Stephen Knight > One Pump Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

One Pump Court
One Pump Court

Work Department

Direct Access


Stephen is a committed criminal defence and public law practitioner. He has been described by his clients as “warm and friendly, but formidable”, “razor-sharp”, and “a relentless advocate”, and by his instructing solicitors as having a “breath-taking ability to condense facts and legal arguments in a terse yet persuasive style” and a “huge heart and ability to empathise with the wrongfully convicted and their families”. His approach to his cases is informed by his work with the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, where he helps to co-ordinate the legal observing project.

He practises in all areas of criminal law, specialising in protest law and appellate work. Stephen’s crime practice has seen him defending in a wide range of criminal cases including:

  • Protest law;
  • Public disorder;
  • Homicide appeals;
  • Serious violence;
  • Class A drug supply;
  • Slavery and trafficking.

Stephen is currently briefed in a number of long-running cases with the CCRC. He has been instructed in cases in the Crown Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal which have received significant media attention.  He has previously been named The Times’ Lawyer of the Week.

Stephen is qualified to conduct litigation work and is able to take instructions directly from clients without a solicitor.  His direct access appeals work can be seen at

Stephen is also a member of the Immigration Team. He regularly appears in the Upper Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal on human rights and asylum matters. He is currently instructed in a number of high-profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Stephen’s work is mostly publicly funded but he is also prepared to accept privately funded or pro bono work in appropriate cases, including on a direct access basis.  He previously helped to run the pro bono legal clinic for EEA nationals at Akwaaba, and has worked at projects including Refugee Legal Support Athens.


Year of call: 2011


English (native)
French (working knowledge)


Executive Committee of the Criminal Bar Association


Jurisprudence and Legal Theory LLM, Distinction, University College London.
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School.
Law with French LLB, First Class with distinction in spoken French, University of Sheffield.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen KnightOne Pump CourtA junior for criminal appeals and judicial review cases. He is brilliant at applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

One Pump Court continues to offer its expertise across claimant-side immigration law, criminal defence and family law, including some of the most challenging publicly-funded cases. Catherine Robinson is a new appointment as a recorder and Stephen Knight   a fee-paid FTT judge; turning to new recruits Rudolph Spurling joined from 10 King’s Bench Walk and family solicitor-advocate Clive Matthews joined from FMW Law.