Joss Knight

Joss Knight 2

Call 2014
Qualifications BPTC, Kaplan Law School. GDL, Oxford Brookes University. BA Hons, Philosophy and Theology, Jesus College, University of Oxford.
Awards Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn. Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn. Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn. Sankey Scholarship, Jesus College, University of Oxford.


Joss frequently acts in a wide variety of residential and commercial construction matters. His recent caseload includes:

  • A three-day trial in the Technology and Construction Court in Birmingham concerning allegations of defective renovation work by a building company. Awaiting judgment.
  • An appeal in the Central London County Court concerning complex issues of VAT chargeable and recoverable in relation to residential conversion works. Joss acted for the successful appellant.
  • A trial against a national homebuilding company for failing to ensure a property had adequate drainage.
  • A claim against a boat yard for the defective restoration of a luxury yacht.
  • Proceedings against a caravan park for damages arising out of the sale and supply of a defective static home and its inadequate installation.

Party Wall

  • B v TBL (2015) – Dispute as to whether PWA applied and the consequences if so. Concerned, inter alia, barn which had been taken down a year previously which may or may not have abutted external wall of neighbouring property. Drafted Defence and application to set aside default judgment.
  • W v SCL (2017) – Party Wall Award made between previous owners of respective properties 18 months previously. Alleged breach of award by new owners. Drafted Particulars of Claim.
  • W v W (2016) – Collapse of barn adjoining neighbouring property which was joint residential and commercial premises, causing damage. Advised and drafted correspondence. Matter resolved at mediation.

Joss has particular experience in Court of Protection work and acts in both health and welfare and property and estates matters. He recently advised in a claim against a defendant who had appropriated a six-figure sum from an elderly relative whilst acting under a lasting power of attorney.

Joss spent two months in the spring of 2016 on secondment with Foot Anstey LLP. During this period he operated exclusively in Court of Protection matters, predominately in cases where Foot Anstey were acting on behalf of the Official Solicitor. As a result he has a detailed understanding of how the Court of Protection operates.


Joss accepts instructions in all areas of employment law and has appeared in the employment tribunal in claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination. Prior to pupillage Joss regularly appeared in employment claims on behalf of Notting Hill Citizens Advice Bureau and the Free Representation Unit.

Joss regularly appears in the County Court in bankruptcy and corporate insolvency petitions and accepts instructions in all insolvency matters.

Joss assisted in a number of professional negligence disputes during pupillage, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has particular experience in relation to claims brought against surveyors, builders and solicitors.

Joss has appeared in a number of possession hearings and has experience of disputes over residential and commercial property. During pupillage he drafted pleadings and advised on matters concerning trespassers, restrictive covenant, proprietary estoppel, boundary disputes and co-ownership.

Joss has extensive experience of matters relating to Wills, trusts and probate. In particular, he regularly advises both claimants and defendants in relation to claims under the Inheritance (Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He also recently advised in relation to allegations that a Will was forged.

Practice Overview

Joss has a varied commercial and chancery practice spanning commercial/contractual disputes, property litigation, and wills, trusts and probate matters. Recent cases where he has appeared as sole counsel include a multi-track trial concerning a claim for a resulting and/or constructive trust over a £1m property; a reported High Court decision concerning the ability of company directors to obtain a limitation direction and the scope for awarding a non-party costs order; and a three-day trial in the Birmingham Technology and Construction Court.

Joss has particular experience of partnership disputes, cases which include a Court of Protection element, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He frequently appears in fast-track and multi-track matters in the County Court, the High Court and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).