Harvey Knight

Partner | London

Harvey is a partner in the financial services and regulatory team.

Harvey is a partner in the financial services and regulatory team.

He 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 civil and criminal enforcement agencies as well as any related potential civil and criminal proceedings.

His practice is centred on regulatory permissions, supervisions 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 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.

Secretary Mandi Gornall

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I have worked with Harvey Knight on two separate occasions and both times he added real value. He was tenacious, detail conscious and sensible. It felt very much as if we worked together and our dialogue was open and pragmatic. I would highly recommend Harvey.

David Postings, Global Chief Executive - Bibby Financial Services Limited
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We have used Harvey to help us with some of our more complex regulatory matters and we have found his approach to be very professional and insightful. We would have no hesitation in recommending Harvey to anyone who needs help within the minefield of information.

Mike Kessler - CEO, Kession Capital
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I spent a year working with Harvey on a complex regulatory case. During that time he provided exemplary expertise and dedication to my case whilst the back up service from the team at Withers was of the highest standard.

Nick Bowyer - retired Financial Marketing Director of Swinton Insurance
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I have worked with Harvey Knight on several occasions in the past many years. Harvey is a lawyer with a rare combination: he consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a pragmatic, direct approach that is refreshing. I strongly recommend Harvey.

Max Lami, Chief Executive - Oppenheimer Europe Limited
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I spent a year working with Harvey on a complex regulatory case. During that time he provided exemplary expertise and dedication to my case whilst the back up service from the team at Withers was of the highest standard.

Nick Bowyer, retired financial marketing director - Swinton Insurance
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I have worked with Harvey Knight on several occasions in the past many years. Harvey is a lawyer with a rare combination: he consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a pragmatic, direct approach that is refreshing. I strongly recommend Harvey.

Max Lami, Managing Director - CEO - Oppenheimer Europe Ltd
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Formerly at the FSA for a number years, Harvey Knight ‘knows the system inside out’ and will ‘really go the extra mile for his clients’.
Legal 500 UK, 2017
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Harvey Knight is “very knowledgeable, highly reputable and clearly one of the leaders in his field.”

Chambers UK 2018
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Withers LLP ‘s team head Harvey Knight spent many years at the FSA before moving into private practice, thereby affording him good insight into the regulatory mindset. Bullish, enthusiastic and not afraid to take on difficult points for his client, Knight is an excellent man to have on your side, particularly if you are a senior executive facing regulatory scrutiny.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Track record

Admissions

Publications

Memberships

Securing 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. His client was a Chief Executive against whose firm the FSA had intervened on an unprecedented scale.

Contesting regulatory proceedings to the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Securing favourable settlements for senior executives in FCA and PRA enforcement proceedings.

England & Wales, 1993

‘Market Abuse and Insider Dealing’, Butterworths Corporate Law Service, chapter editor

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

2011
Partner

2011

London

20 Old Bailey,

London,

EC4M 7AN

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