Harvey Knight


  • Education: Lincoln College, Oxford University, B.A.
  • Admitted: England & Wales, 1993
  • Year joined: 2009
  • Year became partner: 2011


Harvey is ranked as a Leading Individual for UK Contentious Financial Services by Chambers and Partners UK and The Legal 500.


His practice is focused on the inter-relationships between Financial Conduct Authority ('FCA') and Prudential Regulatory Authority ('PRA'), FCA and PRA regulated individuals and their FCA and PRA regulated businesses, the FCA, the PRA and the law.

He secured the first successful judicial review of the FSA and one of its own initiated enforcement investigations Ford, R(on the application of) v The Financial Services Authority [2011] EWHC 2583.

Harvey worked in major city financial services contentious practice for ten years prior to joining the FSA in 2001. His case load included BCCI, Barings, Lloyds litigation, professional indemnity litigation, board room disputes and failed share placements as well as regulatory investigations.

Having joined the FSA’s General Counsel Division in 2001, Harvey was initially part of the legislation team that implemented the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Thereafter he was the FSA's lead authorisation and approvals lawyer as well as the FSA's internal ‘trouble shooter' advising its senior management in relation to its legal and reputation management issues. His work including co-ordinating the FSA's response to the various Equitable Life inquiries, threatened judicial review applications, complaints and Freedom of Information Act and subject access requests.

Having returned to legal private practice in 2007, Harvey advises individuals and firms working and investing in the UK's financial services industry on the scope of FCA and PRA regulation; FCA and PRA Authorisation and non routine Approval applications for governing (CF1, CF2, CF3, CF4), significant management (CF29) and customer (CF30) controlled functions; FCA and PRA controller applications; FCA and PRA Supervision inquiries and investigations; FCA and PRA Enforcement investigations and proceedings; Upper Tribunal proceedings; judicial review proceedings; complaints and Freedom of Information requests; Financial Ombudsman Service complaints and proceedings; Financial Services Compensation Scheme issues; inter-relationships with other national financial services regulators and exchanges; CMA investigations; any related internal investigations, financial services litigation and employment issues.

The introduction of the FCA and PRA's Senior Managers and Certification Regime in March 2016 is currently keeping Harvey busy.

Harvey Knight of Withers LLP is an increasingly popular choice for financial institutions seeking 'merits-oriented and client-oriented' representation in their clashes with the FCA. Sources observe that 'from a technical perspective he knows the regulators like the back of his hand, and has a very good understanding of how things work strategically'.
Chambers and Partners UK 2017

'What I like the most is he doesn't trot out the same arguments, he's always reinventing the wheel. He's not afraid to push boundaries and push back on the regulator. He genuinely does fight for his client'.
Chambers and Partners UK 2015

'Harvey Knight is an excellent choice if you have an individual who wants to take on the regulator, rather than to roll over'.
Legal 500, UK 2015

Publications and speaking engagements

Harvey is a regular writer and conference speaker on financial services regulatory issues. Harvey is the current editor of the updated Market Abuse and Insider Dealing chapter to Butterworths Corporate Law Service.


Financial Services Lawyers Association. In view of his experience of the FSA's RDC, Regulatory Transactions Committee (‘RTC’) and of the FSA's decision making processes of its senior executives, he led the Financial Services Lawyers Association workshop on FSA Decision Making.

On a personal note

Harvey and his Scottish terrier are keen walkers. If they are not up a Welsh mountain, they can be found on a Cornish beach.

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