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James Knight

Founder & CEO

Keystone Law

London, UK

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James Knight’s 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 international law firm, Trowers & Hamlins. He worked as a commercial lawyer in Dubai, Oman and Hong Kong before moving back to the UK in 1999. The following year, recognising that the archaic legal market was ripe for disruption, James set up 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

The Independent
Why the Giants Club is needed more now than ever

Entrepreneurial lawyer James Knight founded Keystone Law from his dining table in 2002 before listing it 15 years later on the London Stock Exchange. He remains actively involved with Keystone as the firm’s CEO, however James is passionate about wildlife and preservation of the natural world. 

Legal Business
Stateside expansion as Freshfields secures key hire in New York and Cooley opens in Chicago

Chief executive James Knight said: ‘Having experienced many positive aspects of remote working, many lawyers are now looking to benefit from true flexibility, the sort that can only be found at Keystone. As such, we expect to be welcoming more joiners of a similar calibre in the near future.’

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James Knight’s Background

Keystone Law
Founder & CEO
Feb 2002 - Present
London, UK
Keystone Law is a full-service law firm looking after a broad range of businesses and private clients. The firm is distinctive in the way that its 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 and their clients' requirements.
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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 was voted Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2020.
The Times Best Law Firms 2021
Nov 2020
Keystone Law was recognised by The Times as one of the Best Law Firms of 2021. Its Employment practice, in particular, was commended.

James Knight’s Education

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