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James Knight

Founder & CEO

Keystone Law

London, UK

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Biography

James Knight is Founder and CEO of Keystone Law, the award-winning and revolutionary international corporate law firm. In 2020 Keystone became the first non-traditional law firm to be awarded Law Firm of the Year.

James qualified as a solicitor with City firm, Trowers and Hamlins. He practised as a commercial lawyer in Oman, Dubai and Hong Kong before returning to England in 1999. The following year, recognising that the archaic legal market was ripe for disruption, James started his own legal consultancy, with one mission: to maintain an uncompromised focus on client service and value which the conventional law firm model could not offer.

In 2002, through exponential growth and strong demand, James launched Keystone Law. The first alternative model that sought to revolutionise legal services, Keystone put the needs of both the client and the lawyer front and centre, for the first time. Now recognised as a well-established market disrupter, Keystone listed on the London Stock Exchange’s junior market in November 2017.

An award-winning, Top 100 firm with a growing international presence, Keystone provides advice to businesses ranging from SMEs to global behemoths, C-Suite Executives and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. James now focuses on the firm’s day-to-day operations as well as its strategic vision for growth.

James Knight’s Newsfeed

City AM
Did fewer Christmas parties drive an end of year boom at Keystone Law?

Speaking to City A.M. chief executive James Knight said the results took the firm by surprise, and that it was hard to say what had caused the drive in activity. “The litigation side is getting busier, but it’s not massively contributed [to the Christmas activity],” said Knight.

Law Firm Disrupter Keystone Picked As A Top 2021 Stock

Named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ recently, Keystone employ over 350 lawyers and believes its ‘addressable market’ is 50,000 lawyers. Founder and CEO James Knight owns around 34 per cent of the shares, meaning management’s interests are aligned with those of shareholders.

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James Knight’s Background

Keystone Law
Founder & CEO
Feb 2002 - Present
London, UK
Keystone Law is a full-service firm operating in 24 areas & a variety of sectors to a broad range of businesses & private individual clients. The firm is distinctive in the way that their services are delivered via a unique, technology-driven platform. Keystone currently has more than 250 partner-level lawyers working from locations to best suit their own & their clients requirements.
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Consultant
Consultant
Jun 1999 - Dec 2002
James started his own legal consultancy in 2000, offering a level of service to small and medium sized companies that was not available through conventional law firms. The high demand for this type of service led James to establish Keystone Law.
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Awards & Endorsements

The Lawyer Awards 2020
Nov 2020
Keystone Law has been crowned Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2020.
The Times Best Law Firms 2021
Nov 2020
Keystone Law has been recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2021, where the firm has been commended for its Employment practice.

James Knight’s Education

Guildford Law School
Solicitors Final, Law
1989 - 1990
Newcastle University
LLB, Law
1986 - 1989