Lara Knight’s practice includes all of Chambers’ practice areas and regularly appears in the County Court for trials and interlocutory hearings. She has also appeared before the Queens Bench Masters.
Before pupillage she gained a PhD in Stem Cell Biology from the University of Cambridge, after an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. Her background makes her very comfortable with grasping and analysing complex issues swiftly and in considerable depth.
She has valuable experience of the different perspectives of the legal profession, having spent time on secondment at a large solicitors firm in London.
Lara has a particular interest in clinical negligence claims and is regularly instructed to attend hearings and draft pleadings, for both Claimants and Defendants. Her experience covers a wide range of disciplines, including obstetrics, gynaecology, respiratory medicine, cardiology and orthopaedics, and includes cases involving issues of consent.
Lara acts for claimants and defendants in a broad range of commercial claims, appearing at court, drafting pleadings and providing advice.
Lara acts for claimants and defendants in a broad range of construction claims, appearing at court, drafting pleadings and providing advice.
Lara has a broad personal injury practice, drafting pleadings, advising and appearing regularly at trial and on interlocutory hearings for both claimants and defendants. She has a particular interest in employers’ liability and industrial disease claims.
Examples of recent instructions include:
- Road traffic accidents, including credit hire claims.
- Employers’ liability claims, acting for both employers and employees.
- Occupiers’ liability claims.
- Public liability claims, representing local authorities.
- Drafting pleadings in NIHL claims.
- Advising on liability in an Animals Act claim.
- Acting on behalf of a cheerleading club to successfully defend a claim brought against them in common law negligence by one of their members injured during a stunt.
Lara is developing her practice in this area and has a particular interest in product liability claims involving medical products, devices and drugs. Her background in biochemistry and cell biology makes her very comfortable with grasping and analysing the complex issues involved with these claims.
- BPTC (Outstanding), College of Law, London (2011 – 2012)
- Graduate Diploma (Distinction), BPP Law School, London (2011)
- PhD, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2005 – 2009)
- BSc (First Class Honours), University of Bristol (2002 – 2005)