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Andrew Knox
Andrew Knox

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is head of the Restructuring and Insolvency team based in our Exeter office. Andrew joined Stephens Scown in 2007 and became a partner in 2014.

Andrew holds an LLB Honours degree in Business Law from Bournemouth University and a PG DIP in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience of providing advice to numerous insolvency practitioners, business people, creditors and individual debtors on the legal and commercial issues that arise on or out of insolvency. He also advises on lending and taking security.

His work includes:

  • Assisting insolvency practitioner with their investigations into company failures
  • Acting for directors and liquidators in bringing or defending wrongful trading claims
  • Acting for buyers or sellers in accelerated or distress business sales
  • Acting for a number of lenders advising about the risks of transactions being set aside in the event of the borrower’s insolvency and suggestion reasons to mitigate the risks to the lender
  • Advising boards of directors of companies in financial difficulty about the steps they should take to mitigate the risks for themselves personally and the companies’ creditors.

Andrew acts for clients from a wide range of industries but with particular experience of insolvency in the mining and minerals sector, engineering and technology sectors.

Andrew is a full member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the Devon & Somerset Law Society. He has also spoken at a number of outside events on matters of insolvency law, including to the South West Society of Chartered Accountants.

Andrew’s personal testimonials:

Chambers and Partners (2024) “Andrew is always able to assist in complex situations and offer support when required to ensure a commercial outcome is reached.” “He is very good at solving problems and looking at things from a different angle.” “Andrew is technically very aware and up to date with all matters in insolvency.”

Chambers and Partners (2023)“Andrew is an excellent lawyer who is highly approachable.” “Andrew is a great source of knowledge and has a super strategic and commercial mind which gets things done with minimal fuss.”

Legal 500 (2023)“Andrew Knox is an exceptional solicitor and is the insolvency partner at Stephens Scown.”

Chambers and Partners (2022)“He is practical and commercial and unflappable. He is also creative with solutions.” “Andrew Knox’s knowledge of insolvency law is excellent.”

Legal 500 (2022) – ‘measured, calm and thorough’, a source said: “Andrew is a great lawyer. Hugely experienced in insolvency, who normally sends very comprehensive instructions.”

Chambers and Partners (2021)“Andrew is very easy to work with, very clear in conveying advice and is not afraid to stand his ground.” “His strengths are his responsiveness, knowledge of the law, creative thinking and problem solving.”

Chambers and Partners (2020) – Andrew is best known for contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters, such as claims against directors, although he also has an advisory practice taking in appointment of administrators, asset disposal and the rights of landlords of insolvent tenants. A source says: “He is calm and has a nice way of boiling things down to the finer points.”

Chambers and Partners (2019)“He is very easy to get along with and very knowledgeable of insolvency law.”

Chambers and Partners (2018) – Recommended Lawyer – clients note that his “advice is always clearly laid out and explained.”

Legal 500 (2017) – Recommended Lawyer – His advice is “highly regarded” and “always to the point.”


Outside the office Andrew enjoys cricket, skiing and local history.

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