Harvey Knight

Partner | London

Secretary Mandi Gornall


Harvey is a partner in the financial services regulatory team.

Harvey is an ex-regulator and heads our UK Financial Services Regulatory and UK White Collar Investigations teams.

For 6 years, Harvey worked in-house with the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA before it was split into the FCA and PRA) and advised the FSA's Authorisation and Approvals function as well as the FSA and its senior management on reputationally contentious issues.

Since his return to private practice, Harvey has been consistently ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers and Legal 500 for contentious financial services.

Harvey and our UK Financial Services Regulatory team's work is centred on regulatory perimeter issues, regulatory permissions and approvals, regulatory supervisory issues and enforcement investigations involving the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), the UK Listing Authority (UKLA), the Takeover Panel, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (IAEW) and the Payments Services Regulator (PSR), as well as civil and criminal cases involving the High Courts, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and overseas regulators such as the SEC and NY Fed.

In leading our UK White Collar Investigations team, Harvey advises leading individuals, senior executives and owner-managers on how to handle their personal and corporate relationships in internal investigations and externally with other regulated firms and individuals, the regulators and other national and international civil and criminal enforcement agencies as well as any related potential national and international civil and criminal proceedings.

In the last decade Harvey has been responsible for the first successful judicial review of the FCA (which established the principle of joint legal privilege in regulatory investigations) , the first settlement with the PRA for a UK bank's CEO and this year, the unprecedented overturning of a FCA ban of a senior banker, widely reported in the media.