Michael Chapman > JMW Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP
M3 3HG
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Work Department

Family Department


I am a partner and joint head of the family team. Whilst my work covers all areas of family law, my focus consists of divorce and related financial matters. I tend to act for higher net worth individuals including business owners, professionals and sports stars. I also have a particular interest/niche in acting Schedule 1 cases involving professional footballers.


I arrived at JMW in October 2016 to head up the family team. I had previously started a team at the Manchester office of Ward Hadway. I qualified in 2005 following my training contract with Slater Heelis.




LLB Hons (2:1) obtained in 2002 from The University of Huddersfield.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Family

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Michael Chapman — JMW Solicitors LLP

Jointly led by Michael Chapman and Elspeth Kinder, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth property developers and sports stars on multi-jurisdictional family matters. Chapman is a specialist in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, while Kinder is a key contact regarding matrimonial finance and children proceedings. Liverpool team leader Beverley Jones focuses on complicated children matters and surrogacy cases. David Pickering is noted for advising on cases involving multi-jurisdictional assets and offshore trusts. Emma Benson is also recommended. In May 2022 Ruth Kearns and Katie Lowe were both promoted to partner, while Ruben Sinha joined from Miles Preston.