Samantha Knights QC is a versatile and established silk recommended in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 with a broad practice but focusing on immigration and asylum, public law, human rights, international law, and commercial litigation. Her cases have involved ground breaking developments in law before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union.
She is instructed in a wide range of complex cases involving trafficking and modern slavery, refugee, immigration and nationality law and has been involved in a number of test cases on asylum law before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and CJEU. A number of her cases involve a national security case and are before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) or involve closed proceedings in the High Court in which novel points of law are in issue. She has a particular expertise in law and religion cases and has been instructed in disputes of many kinds in this area from charity, commercial, planning, and nuisance claims.
She has appeared in a number of high-profile claims arising from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts including cases concerning the protection of individuals fleeing from conflict zones, liabilities of the British government for locally engaged workers, and cases involving national security and terrorism issues. She has been instructed in a number of international group litigation claims including an action against a Tanzanian gold mine for liability for shot and injured trespassers, and claims on behalf of Cambodian villagers against a British sugar company based on conversion and unjust enrichment arising from land concessions granted by the Cambodian government. These claims raise complex issues including conflicts of law, Act of State doctrine, and foreign law torts.
Samantha also has a wide-ranging commercial and arbitration practice with expertise in insolvency (having practised insolvency law for seven years prior to joining Matrix). She has considerable experience of high-profile complex international actions including the Tchenguiz litigation, Thyssen-Bornemisza trust litigation in Bermuda, arbitrations and litigation involving Russian and Kazakh clients and entities, and the Al-Zayat litigation involving commercial and criminal proceedings in Iran and the UK.
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Chambers & Partners 2021 recommends Samantha in Immigration and Civil Liberties and Human Rights:
Immigration: “Simply excellent.”
Civil Liberties and Human Rights: “She’s a very good advocate.”
The Legal 500 recommends Samantha in Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Immigration:
Civil Liberties and Human Rights: “Commands respect from opponents and the judiciary when on her feet because of her control of the case and authoritative advocacy. Great to work with.”
Immigration: “Samantha is an exceptional silk, an outstanding advocate and an asset to a case.”
Chambers & Partners 2020 describes Samantha as “a fluent advocate, meticulous on paper and with a good reputation in asylum and refugee work.”
“Very thorough and great to work with”
“She’s very thorough and really good to work with.”
“I was impressed with her written work and her responsiveness.”
Chambers & Partners 2019 recommends Samantha in Immigration and Civil Liberties & Human Rights. ‘A respected silk and recognised expert on the ECHR who regularly tackles cases against the MoD concerning British action in armed conflicts. She has worked on complex matters covering issues such as deprivation of nationality, exclusion from refugee protection and the scope of closed material proceedings. She is notable for her experience in human-trafficking cases.’ “Hard-working and very easy to work with.” “Meticulous and focused.”
Legal 500 2018 describes Samantha as ‘Experienced and smart, with a track record of heavyweight cases.’ ‘She is a very good up-and-coming silk.’
Chambers & Partners 2017 recommends Samantha in Civil Liberties & Human Rights
Immigration. ‘She is very measured in her advice and takes pains to see the other side’s point of view so that she can better demolish it.’ ‘She’s very incisive and reliably provides top-quality support and assistance.’ ‘She is extremely responsive and her written submissions are absolutely first-class’
Legal 500 2016 describes Samantha as ‘experienced and smart, with a track record of heavyweight cases.’