Laurie West-Knights QC

L J West-Knights QC

Laurie West-Knights QC is the head of the Hailsham Commercial Group and his practice covers a wide area of commercial work with some aspects of professional negligence. His specialisation is not subject-specific: it is the conduct of litigation and arbitration (and Competition Appeal Tribunal) work which requires the analysis, understanding, absorbing and deployment of complex and often highly-detailed and technical material coupled with sound and astute commercial and legal judgment. His command of his cases and (hence) his persuasion and cross-examination skills mark him out as a leader in the field.

Phone: 020 7643 5000


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Year of silk: 2000

Specialist areas: commercial litigation and arbitration, professional negligence and competition law

Education: Emmanuel College, Cambridge: economics and law

Appointments: Recorder (civil and criminal); Master of the Bench, Gray's Inn


  • Orion Publishing Group Limited v Novel Entertainment Limited ("Horrid Henry") [2012] EWHC 195 (Ch). Construction of royalty verification clause in absolute copyright assignment agreement.

  • Hammonds LLP v Herbert Kunz - Leeds District Registry Chancery Division 9LS30800. Debt, accounting and restitution arising out of quasi-partnership in German and UK firms of solicitors.

  • Geospaw v Erontrans. Claim for declarations of non-liability or limited liability under CMR. Cross claims by and between consignor and his client, alleged first carrier.

  •  Publications and lectures

    "How to Underwhelm the Court and Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory": a complete guide on how not to litigate



    "Laurie gets into the nitty gritty of cases very quickly and is great when it comes to dealing with clients." Instructing solicitor, 2011

    "Sources note his persuasive courtroom style, and, in particular, his impressive cross-examination skills." Chambers UK 2011

    "An advocate who has mastery of his case, and great cross-examination skills. A real asset in any litigation or arbitration, and ideal on complicated cases..." Instructing solicitor, 2010

    ''LJ West-Knights QC is adept at dealing with big fishes in the commercial world. He has carved out a niche in IT and technology-related disputes." Chambers UK 2010

    "An excellent counsel who delivers realistic and sensible commercial advice. I'd rather have him on my side than against me!" Opposition's solicitor, 2010

    "One of the most thorough and tenacious silks you could hope to have on any case...a fantastic cross-examiner...very clever...and he has real court-room presence" Partner, major firm