Mr Matthew Chapman KC KC > Deka Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Deka Chambers
3-5 Norwich Street


Matthew Chapman KC is a specialist in cross-border personal injury claims, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

His clients include foreign insurers, tour operators, travel agents, air and sea carriers, in addition to members of the public. His practice includes conflicts matters (jurisdiction and applicable law disputes in a variety of contexts), package travel claims, claims under the international carriage conventions and contractual recovery actions by tour operators.

Matthew has experience before tribunals at all levels (including the Supreme Court and Court of the Justice of the European Union). He has wide experience of Inquests and is also adept at representing clients at Mediation, Settlement Meetings and all other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Matthew was formerly Conciliator for the conciliation scheme run by the Passenger Shipping Association, a form of ADR (2005 to 2010).

Matthew’s background is in complex personal injury, acting for local and other public authorities across the full range of claims and he continues to accept instructions in this area.

In addition to lecturing widely within his specialist areas of practice, Matthew is a co-author of both Munkman on Employers’ Liability and Saggerson on Travel Law and Litigation, and sole author of The Snail and the Ginger Beer: the singular case of Donoghue v Stevenson.



  • Queen’s Counsel (2017)
  • Fee-Paid Employment Judge (2021)


  • (Hons) University of Bristol
  • King’s College, London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew Chapman KCDeka ChambersMatthew is technically astute and a real expert for both claimants and defendants.’

The ‘excellent’  Deka Chambers has a strong reputation for its ‘high-quality barristers with experience in the field.’ Giles Mooney KC has acted on standout catastrophic injury work, namely for the claimant on the 2021 Court of Appeal case Ford v Seymour-Williams, which shows his niche expertise in matters involving the Animals Act 1971; additional notable work includes his action for claimants involved in Croydon tram crash, a matter involving particular points on prosthetics. From the 1 Chancery Lane side of the merger, Simon Readhead KC, described as having a ‘genuine star quality’, has handled impressive work on fatal and serious injury matters, often involving psychiatric factors, and Matthew Chapman KC is active in catastrophic injury cases, which are often international in scope and feature complex causation issues.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Chapman KCDeka ChambersA fantastic knowledge of travel law, an exceptional advocate with the soft skills necessary to build a rapport with catastrophically injured clients.