Mr James Knott > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings

Work Department

Barrister specialising in litigation and advice in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, civil fraud and asset recovery, company law, insolvency law and banking and finance.


Company / commercial litigation; chancery (commercial); insolvency & reconstruction; civil / commercial fraud & asset recovery / banking & finance. James has a busy company and commercial practice, with a particular focus on shareholder / JV disputes and breach of fiduciary duty cases. With experience of court work and arbitration he is equally happy working on his own or in a team, and has particular experience acting as a junior in heavy commercial cases.

His recent reported cases include: Stanford International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) v HSBC Bank Plc  [2021] 1 W.L.R. 3507 (loss; Quincecare duty; knowledge requirement for dishonest assistance); Global Energy Horizons Corp v Gray [2021] Costs L.R. 133  (appeal re costs order following an account of profits); Richards v Harvey [2021] EWHC 21 (Ch) (breach of contract claims re property JV); Global Energy Horizons Corp v Gray [2021] 1 W.L.R. 2264 (six day complex appeal re a long-running account of profits; Re Law Debenture Trust Corp Plc’s Application for Directions); [2021] 1 B.C.L.C. 475 (bond trustee directions); Gertner v CFL Finance Ltd  ; [2020] B.P.I.R. 752 (bankruptcy vs IVA).


Called 2008; Inner Temple; pupil 4 Stone Buildings 2009-10; tenant 2010 to present.


Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association.


Norwich School; Warwick University (BA (Hons) First Class History); BPP Law School (DipLaw; Bar Vocational Course).


Music (guitar, piano), fencing, film.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

James Knott4 Stone Buildings ‘James is a pleasure to work with. Very hardworking and diligent. James is technically strong; he quickly grasped the issues in a very complex banking dispute and identified the relevant issues.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James Knott4 Stone Buildings ‘He is very clear in his advice, provides well supported and reasoned solutions.’