Chris helps charities of all shapes and sizes. Having specialised in charity law for most of his 25 years as a lawyer, he has helped many trustees and senior teams navigate a great range of issues. His particular interests are governance, structural and strategic change, and projects such as collaborations and mergers. As a trustee himself, he understands how to balance commercial and charitable imperatives.
Chris has worked with clients across many sub-sectors of the charities and social enterprise world, including faith-based, community, schools, colleges and universities, arts, heritage and museums, NGOs, conservation, social housing, animals, grant makers, health and social care, professional bodies, and learned and academic institutions.
One of his main strengths is appreciating the specific challenges of each organisation so he can steer trustees and senior leaders through the legal and regulatory requirements to address those challenges. He can see through complex issues in order to present pragmatic and clear solutions.
He is driven by a desire to help charities and social enterprises deliver the change they want. Seeing the benefits delivered on the ground means his work is very fulfilling.
"Chris Knight deploys his vast knowledge of the charity sector in governance, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters" - Legal 500
"Chris Knight is quick to grasp the issues being faced. His manner is always pleasant and engaging, and his explanations clear" - Legal 500
Chris is a member of the Charity Law Association and has served on a number of their working parties assisting on legal and regulatory reform. He also writes and speaks widely, including for Charity Finance Group and legal training providers. He co-wrote The Informed Trustee course published by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and has written the legal content for books on trading and fundraising by charities published by the Directory of Social Change.
Before specialising in charity law, he practised as a independent barrister and retains the analytical skills first honed there. He is a trustee, volunteer and fundraiser for several charities.