Founder and Director at MK Law, Manisha Knights is a lauded Solicitor-advocate with a reputation for an uncompromising resolve in defence of those accused of serious crimes.
Manisha is passionate about her chosen field of law and always knew that she would pursue a criminal defence career. She completed her Masters in Criminal Litigation in 2000 and began clerking for a Serious Crime firm in Manchester before moving to a firm in South East London where she trained and qualified In December 2003. In November 2006 she qualified as a solicitor advocate in both crime and civil law and began conducting Crown Court Hearings.
After working at a couple of firms in London she was determined to break the mould and establish a firm that really put the client at the heart of the business. Providing a top-quality legal defence service and doing right by the client needed to be priority number one. Not how much money a client could earn. So, in January 2008 against all the odds Manisha launched MK Law in a bid to create a firm of solicitors and advocates offering a comprehensive criminal defence advocacy service.
Manisha started recruiting reputable lawyers and the firm began to grow both in footprint and in reputation. It quickly became firmly established as one of the most reputable in South East London. By 2016 the firm expanded its criminal department into North London and is now one of the most reputable firms London – wide.
She is a member of Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and is often invited to join round table meetings. She headlined in the Law Gazette in 2013 with her views about the positive shift in the change in attitude towards solicitor advocates over the years. She was also a guest motivational speaker at the youth for “Inspiring Youth Momentum” in Croydon. Manisha has mentored many young aspiring lawyers guiding them and leading them through the many obstacles and hurdles that young lawyers must get through to attain their goals.
Manisha is regularly instructed in Crown Courts all over London, for a wide range of offences. She’s defended several serious rape allegations as well as violent firearms offences and has an enviable acquittal rate. She’s also been instructed on and has successfully defended a number of white-collar allegations most notably a large-scale VAT fraud in Kingston Crown Court where her client was the only one of 7 acquitted.
Manisha has also been instructed to represent some high-profile clients in both sports and music industries. As the consummate professional, she has always ensured that those cases are handled with the utmost discretion.
Some of Manisha’s notable cases
R – V – DL Woolwich Crown Court, Defendant was acquitted of arson with intent to endanger life.
R – V – AL Woolwich Crown Court, Firearms conspiracy, defendant was the only one acquitted of 7 defendants.
R – V – SR & others, September 2021 Central Criminal Court, Murder, Defendant was convicted and received life imprisonment with a 23 year tariff.
R – V – MV – Croydon Crown Court, represented defendant facing Grievous bodily harm.
R – AQ – Court of Appeal – successfully appealed two counts of rape in the Court of appeal.
R – V – JK – Central Criminal Court – successfully challenged the Prosecution evidence – and secured lesser counts of section 18 against the original counts of attempted murder.
R – V – AQ Snaresbrook Crown Court – two counts of rape – after 10 weeks of trial the jury were discharged as they could not reach a verdict.
R – V – JM Croydon Crown Court – drugs conspiracy, Defendant was acquitted.
R – V – RRM Woolwich Crown Court – Multi – handed Robbery, Defendant was acquitted.
R – V – AQ – Snaresbrook Crown Court, gang rape, after a week trial jury were discharged and Defendant was subsequently acquitted.
R – V – NM & Others,Represented the 2nd Defendant (who was one of 5) on a multi handed conspiracy to commit GBH and Violent disorder. Defendant was convicted and an appeal is pending.