Stephen Knight

Call: 2011

Specialist in

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”.


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 (including a year at the Université Robert Schuman / Université de Strasbourg).

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Legal Sector Workers United


English (native)
French (working knowledge)


Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2010.
John Grosse Prize in the Common Law of England, University of Sheffield, 2010.

R v BSG [2023] EWCA Crim 1041

The Court of Appeal quashed convictions for Class A drugs supply in the case of a trafficked child.

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R v RN [2021] Crown Court at Sheffield

Successful defence of a young man accused of murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and criminal damage.

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R v RS [2020] Crown Court at Liverpool

Stephen was instructed on the defence of a man accused of a series of historic sexual offences against a child.

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R v AK Citation (2020) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

The Court of Appeal quashed convictions for possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.

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Re M (a minor) (2019) Criminal Cases Review Commission

Stephen successfully obtained the referral of a child’s conviction for sexual offences back to the Crown Court

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Rotherham 12 [2016] Crown Court at Sheffield

Stephen was instructed as part of the defence team led by Michael Mansfield QC in the successful defence of the Rotherham 12. The case was covered by Channel 4 and the Guardian among others.

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R v S [2016] Crown Court at Croydon

Represented a vulnerable survivor of torture experiencing PTSD, charged with theft, who had admitted the offence in interview.

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R v X [2016] Criminal Cases Review Commission

Pro bono case with the London Innocence Project pending before the CCRC, involving a historic conviction for murder. The original application was refused along with further representations.

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R v Robinson [2015] Crown Court at Leicester

Represented a student protester accused of assaulting a security guard at a university occupation. Successful submission of no case to answer on the basis of the complainant’s account being thoroughly

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R v Hashi, Idle, Khalif, and Pirabakaran [2014] Crown Court at Isleworth then Court of Appeal

Represented two defendants convicted of supplying class A drugs in an application for post-conviction ASBOs, as part of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Zeus targeting over 30 drug dealers. The ASB

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R v Jones [2014] Maidstone Magistrates’ Court

Represented a defendant accused of a s 4 public order offence against a police officer at an anti-fascist demonstration. Secured an acquittal after extensive evidence of police violence shown to the c

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R v Atkins and others [2014] Brighton Magistrates’ Court

Represented 5 of 11 protesters on trial for obstructing the highway at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe. All defendants were acquitted after trial involving detailed legal argument on reasonabl

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R v Q [2013] Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court

Represented a defendant suffering from severe paranoid psychosis on allegations of harassment. Obtained a non-conviction disposal without hospital order or guardianship.

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29Sep 2022

One Pump Court ranked as a Leading Set in Legal 500

One Pump Courts Immigration team has been recognised again in this year’s Legal 500. 20 members across all our teams have been ranked individually.

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