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Christopher Knox
Call 1974
Specialisms: Regulatory, Family, Mental Health, Business, Agriculture, Crime, Administrative and Public, Personal Injury
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Christopher Knox


  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Regulatory
  • Personal Injury
  • Common Law
  • Judicial Review

Christopher Knox has a particular interest in criminal defence, in particular heavy cases and prosecution (CPS and HM Revenue and Customs).

He is recognised for his wide level of advocacy experience. In crime he has dealt with homicides, including as a leader. He is regularly instructed as a leader in serious crime and financial cases. He also has a particular interest in cases involving informants.

Christopher also has an extensive ancillary relief practice, in particular large money cases. Christopher has extensive experience of dealing with high value and complex ancillary relief proceedings, including those involving business and insolvency. He has an appetite for more problematic cases and is a determined advocate.

Christopher has dealt with disciplinary and regulatory matters.

He has a particular interest in business and financial cases across the spectrum. He has wide tribunal advocacy experience, for example the Transport Tribunal, tax, disciplinary hearings etc.

Christopher also deals with personal injury and common law matters – he is always interested in the unusual ranging from clinical negligence, catastrophic injury to actions against the police.



CPS v Moulden [2009] 1 WLR 1173 – Proceeds of Crime Act.

R v P 2 All ER 6684 – informants.

R v Love EWCA – death by dangerous driving.

Michael Alsop 2005 EWCA – covert surveillance and interception of telephone communications.

R v Dodds [2003] 1 CRApp R3 – contempt of court, reluctant juror case. R v Offen [2001] 1 All ER 253 – Human Rights.

R v Citrone and another - [1998] All ER (D) 642 - VAT case supply of drugs and tax evasion.

AG's Ref (No.95 of 2009)(Blight)[2010] EWCA Crim 353 -sentencing and knife crime. 

R v Beal [2009] EWCA 1749.

R v Mark Phillips [2008] EWCA 2830 – sleepwalking defence.

R v Mark Tye [2006] EWCA Crim 112 – death by dangerous driving.

R v George Reynolds [2005] EWCA Crim 35/9 – Tax evasion.


Re X (Formerly Known as Mary Bell) [2003] 2 FCR 686/2003 EMLR 37.

Re X A Minor [1985] 1 All ER 53.


“Impressive junior with an extremely diverse practice, he has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime. While he regularly acts for defence counsel, he has also acted for the CPS and HMRC.”"He's a seasoned performer who leaves the court impressed." - Crime (Chambers UK 2017)

“Vastly experienced senior junior who has an excellent reputation for money work. He specialises in high-value ancillary relief cases with corporate issues, and receives praise for his tenacious approach in court.”"A terrific cross-examiner, he'll fight our corner to the end of the earth." "He's been doing it for years but he's so enthusiastic, he makes every client feel they're his only case."- Family (Chambers UK 2017)

"He is outstanding in cross-examination, and has passion and enthusiasm for every single case." Legal 500 2016

"His care and passion for each and every case really shows." Legal 500 2015

"Extremely tenacious and he knows his stuff...attention to detail is second to none" "A formidable advocate" - Crime (Chambers UK 2016)

"an advocate for the high-end finance cases - but he is also the type of advocate who treats all cases like high-end cases; he is very dedicated" "very accommodating and approachable and always finds an answer. His cross-examination is superb" - Family (Chambers UK 2016)

"Handles a number of family finance matters on behalf of high net worth clients, and is noted for undertaking particularly challenging cases. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with ancillary relief proceedings and is highly praised for his innovative advocacy style."He fights his corner time and again. He is excellent at cross-examination." "He thinks outside of the box and his cross-examination is superb."" Family/Matrimonial, Chambers UK 2015

"Advises clients in complex criminal defence cases. He is recommended for his capabilities in serious sex offences and cases involving informants. Successfully prosecuted members of a sex attack gang who groomed underage girls." Crime, Chambers UK 2015

"He always goes the extra mile" Legal 500 2014

"A vastly experienced criminal barrister with an aptitude for handling complex homicide cases. He is renowned for his ability to act in cases that involve informants. "He is the best barrister I know by a country mile. He is tenacious and inquisitive, and he has a first-rate manner with clients." Crime, Chambers UK 2014

"frequently instructed in high-value ancillary relief cases. Instructing solicitors are quick to praise his powerful advocacy. "He is always calm, collected and approachable, with a down-to-earth manner that always puts clients at ease. He is always well prepared, with a complete mastery of the facts of the case in great detail, no matter how complex."" Family/ Matrimonial, Chambers UK 2014

"provides ‘superb client care’ in financial remedy cases" Legal 500 2013

"a leading junior who is considered a surprising omission from the silks list by QCs. His work has recently included successful actions under the Proceeds of Crime Act." Crime, Chambers UK 2013

"a noted expert in high-value provision cases. Commentators praise his powerful advocacy and considerable experience in the field." Family, Chambers UK 2013 

"recommended". Legal 500 2012

"has a varied practice that includes family and regulatory matters, as well as serious crime cases. He prosecuted R v Borg and Blackwell, an affray case connected with a later shooting." Crime, Chambers UK 2012

"...wins particular praise for his skilful cross-examination. Sources also comment that he is "good with accounts and finances and takes a no-nonsense approach." He concentrates on high-value financial provision disputes..." Family, Chambers UK 2012 

"impresses with his ‘quality of preparation’". Legal 500 2011

"a byword for reliability."

"brings his expertise to bear on matrimonial finance issues involving non-disclosure and complex children matters. Sources say: "He is a formidable force in the marketplace" and add that "his cross-examination is superb." Chambers UK 2011

"shows no favour to the opposition - the client's interests are paramount." Legal 500 2010 

"handles some very heavyweight crime." Chambers UK 2010

"a lateral thinker who is adept at coming up with creative solutions." He is "a fighter who is especially good on the figures side." Chambers UK 2010

“has the strength to stand up to the most experienced and difficult judges”. Legal 500 2009

Instructing solicitors appreciate the “depth of knowledge and approachability” of Christopher Knox saying he is “someone to lean on in a crisis”. Chambers UK 2009

“the one you want batting for you” because “he doesn’t let his opponents have an easy time”. Thoroughly tenacious, “he is also admired for being “creative and forever coming up with innovative ideas.” Chambers UK 2009

a senior junior with “an enquiring mind and a freshness of spirit that puts many of his younger counterparts to shame.” Chambers UK 2008

“Praised for his “great communication skills and reliability,” he is “a robust advocate with an eye for detail” who does particularly well when it comes to cases involving marital assets tied up in businesses". Chambers UK 2008

“ ‘silk quality, an impressive operator’ in financial provision.” Legal 500 2008


  • Recorder
  • Deputy Head of Chambers and Treasurer
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS
  • Appointed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to hear Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) Appeals


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Military Court Advocates


Christopher regularly delivers seminars on ancillary relief matters in addition to financial aspects of criminal proceedings for example proceeds of crime, money laundering and evidence.


BA (Hons) Durham.


Christopher has been a Governor of a successful independent school for the past 15 years. He has been an External Moderator on the Bar Vocational Course since 2008 for the Bar Standards Board.