Philip heads up our litigation practice in Scotland and deals with a broad range of commercial disputes. He acts for a wide range of organisations and individuals in a variety of disputes including a number of well-known blue chip hospitality, leisure and retail clients. 

His focus is on achieving commercial and cost effective results and often advises on risk management approaches and strategies to avoid pursuing a dispute through the courts. He prides himself on giving straightforward commercial advice. He is one of two solicitors in Scotland to be accredited by the RICS as a mediator. 

Philip has wide ranging expertise and specialisms and advises on contractual disputes, real estate disputes, insolvency, debt recovery, licensing, regulatory, professional negligence, interdicts and financial services disputes. 

He is regularly asked to present seminars to the RICS in Scotland and is a member of the Property Litigation Association.


Examples of experience include:

  • Acting for the multinational retailing company Arcadia in a £1,200,000 dilapidations dispute in the Commercial Court of the Court of Session;
  • Acting in one of the first appeals under the new Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 to the Court of Session in respect of a rent review for a 5 star luxury hotel in Edinburgh [Arbitration Application No 1 of 2013 [2014] CSOH 83];
  • Acting for one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, in respect of a product liability claim in the Court of Session;
  • Acting for a global oil and gas company in respect of a commercial dispute under the unit operating agreement;
  • Acting for a company in respect of a sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement under the Companies Act 2006 in the Court of Session;
  • Acting for a retailer in respect of a CVA;
  • Advising Duff and Phelps in the administration of Rangers Football Club; and
  • Acting for the landlord of a nine storey office block in Edinburgh in respect of a dispute over a rent review with their tenant [AWG Group Limited v HCP II Properties 101 GP Limited [2017] CSOH 69].

“Philip Knight represents a number of significant retail clients. Commentators praise him highly for being "straightforward and easy to deal with," and for having a "good rapport with his clients." Sources note that he "can be relied on to add value to any case.”

Chambers and Partners 2018