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Matthew Chapman QC

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of Simon Readhead QC)


Barrister specialising in personal injury, travel claims and general common law. Cases include: Winrow v Hemphill [2014] EWHC 3164 (QB, Slade J); Hyde v Sara Assicurazioni [2014] EWHC 2881 (QB, HHJ Moloney QC); Wall v Mutuelle de Poitiers Assurances [2013] QB 53 (QB); [2014] EWCA Civ 138; Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated [2014] EWHC 273 (QB, Tugendhat J); Ford v Malaysian Airline System [2013] EWCA Civ 1163; (1) Bloy (2) Ireson v MIB QBD 11/01/2013; Kira Middleton v Allianz IARD SA [2012] EWHC 2287; Cosmos Holidays v Dhanjal Investments [2009]; Baines v Baines [2008]; Dawson v Broughton [2007]; Barton v Goldensun Holidays and Arlida [2007]; Moncrieff and Moncrieff v Cosmosair plc [2006]; Godfrey v TUI UK Ltd (2006); Pemberton and Ors v First Choice Holiday and Flights Ltd (2006); Healy v Cosmosair plc [2005]; Keppel Palmer v Exsus Travel and Royal Westmorland Estates [2003]; Wong v Parkside Health NHS Trust [2001] CA.


Called 1994; Gray’s Inn; Publications: ‘The Fast Track and Personal Injuries’ (CLT Professional Publishing 1999); co-author (with Caroline Stack) of chapter 15 ‘Immigration Controls in the United Kingdom’ in MJ Finney and J Dixon (eds) ‘Tolley’s International Tax Planning’ (4th ed 2000); author of ‘Fraudulent Claims (XPI, 2008) author of ‘The Snail and the Ginger Beer: The Singular case of Donoghue v Stevenson’ (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, 2009).


Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injuries Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


John Ruskin High School; University of Bristol (1992 LLB Hons); King’s College, London (1993 LLM with distinction).


Cinema, reading.

London Bar


Within: Consumer – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneNotably strong in travel and holiday cases.

Within: Consumer

1 Chancery Lane is reputed for its work in travel and leisure-related cases, most notably in overseas accident litigation. Key figures include John Ross QC, who represents claimants and insurers for professional negligence and insurance issues, and Matthew Chapman QC, who has extensive experience in cross border litigation.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe concentrates on catastrophic injury actions (domestic and cross-border) and has expertise in defending complex stress at work and other employers’ liability matters.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe remains one of the intellectually incisive yet approachable barristers.

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

1 Chancery Lane is ‘one of the main sets for travel law’ which is ‘particularly good on package travel’ and is described as ‘excellent’ and ‘having no weak links’. The set is ‘strong throughout’ with standout silks such as Matthew Chapman QC and John Ross QC, and leading juniors like Sarah Prager, who has ‘good understanding of law’, and ‘the quite sharpJack Harding.

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