Kamkar v Cope & Cope (2019) County Court at Salisbury


The case arose out of a long-running neighbour dispute between the parties which generated thousands of pages of material that required review.  Stephen was instructed on a direct access basis late in the case.  The defence was successful, with the judge adopting Stephen’s characterisation of the claimant as “an obsessive, vain, and manipulative man”.  This led to a finding of fundamental dishonesty against the claimant, which displaced Qualified One-way Costs Shifting (“QOCS”), resulting in the defendants being able to recover their costs.

Stephen’s clients described him as follows:

Stephen Knight successfully defended us in what was a complicated and highly emotive case. We were litigants in person, and we instructed Stephen through Direct Access. He was able to grasp a huge quantity of information in a short amount of time, and quickly took control of our defence. Stephen is warm and friendly, but formidable; honest and reassuring, but formidable. At trial he was razor-sharp. He possesses an extraordinary legal and analytical mind. But it is Stephen’s attention to detail, his tenacity, commitment and integrity that make him a truly exceptional barrister. He was a relentless advocate for us: we could not have asked for or imagined better counsel.

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