Peter Knox KC is an experienced advocate in Commercial, Chancery, Professional Negligence, Property, and Constitutional and Administrative Law.
Peter was Head of Chambers from June 2013 to March 2018. He continues to have a strong presence in all these practice areas in the High Court (Chancery Division, Queen’s Bench Division & Commercial Court), the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, in which he has many reported cases.
Peter was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge on 4th September 2018 and was assigned to the Chancery Division for a fixed four-year term. This is a part time appointment and he continues to practice from 3 Hare Court.
Peter specialises in commercial litigation in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, including in particular banking disputes involving guarantees, mortgages or swaps, distributorship and agency disputes, property disputes, civil fraud and professional negligence claims.
(later permission was granted to appeal to the Supreme Court, but the case then settled).
Peter undertakes large amounts of public law work, in particular in the Privy Council.
He specialises in a broad range of appellate work there, in particular contract and constitutional law cases, and pro bono cases in capital appeals. He has acted for most of the Governments in the Caribbean on many high profile cases, and has advised on the drafting of a considerable amount of legislation.
‘He is a superb advocate in the best traditions of the Bar. A real all-rounder, solicitors would confidently seek his advice on commercial cases as well as those with public law elements.’ Ranked: Tier 4 - Commercial Litigation - UK Bar
Legal 500 2023
‘Extraordinary intelligent, focused and dedicated yet a subtle humor which at times is welcoming. He has a great command of the English language. He is also able to gather important information quickly and advise on the best action to take.’ Ranked: Tier 4 - Administrative and public law (including elections) - UK Bar
Legal 500 2023
"Incredibly intelligent and able to absorb an enormous amount of information, distilling it down to the essentials. His paperwork is of the highest order and he is a brilliant orator." - Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)
Chambers & Partners 2022
‘ Extraordinary Intelligent, focused and dedicated yet a subtle humor which at times is welcoming. Great command of the English language. He is also able to gather important information quickly and advise on the best action to take. ’ Leading Silk - Administrative and public law (including elections)
Legal 500 2022
' Peter has a wonderful air of gravitas which is very convincing and reassuring to instructing solicitors and clients. ’ Leading Silk - Commercial Litigation
Legal 500 2022
"A real character on his feet and an excellent advocate, he tells a good story." "A brilliant advocate - his analysis and attention to detail is second to none. He provides sound and cogent advice and opinions." - Chancery: Commercial
Chambers and Partners 2021
‘His advocacy is excellent, he fights tooth and nails for his clients.’ - Leading Silks - Commercial litigation
Legal 500 2021
‘Belied by his charm, a formidable opponent on cross-examination.’ - Leading Silk - Administrative and public law (including elections)
Legal 500 2021
‘ Possibly the best advocate I have ever had the pleasure to see on his feet. ’ - Commercial litigation - Tier 4
Legal 500 2020
Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar) & Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery - UK - Band 4 - "He is one of the hardest-working silks I have ever worked with. He gets stuck in from day one and he's very bright with a lovely charm as well. He's such an excellent cross-examiner." "He is extremely bright and intellectual and full of enthusiasm for the cases and the law."
Chambers & Partners 2020
"Without exaggeration, the best advocate I’ve ever seen". Commercial Litigation: Leading Silks
Legal 500 2018
"An exceptionally skilled advocate who brings a wealth of experience to any commercial case and who inspires confidence in clients." "What really makes him stand out is his intellect. He is one of those people who are just really clever. If you give him a problem he can pull it apart and come to the necessary conclusions." Chancery: Commerical
Chambers & Partners 2018