Richard Vardon > Chambers of Richard Chapman KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Chapman KC
18 St John Street Chambers
M3 4EA
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Work Department

Criminal law.


All areas of criminal law with particular experience and expertise in: homicide and serious violence; serious sexual offences (including those of a historic nature); fraud; drug offences; firearms (including registration) cases; confiscation proceedings; civil actions against the police.


Called 1985; Gray’s Inn. Commenced pupillage in 1985 with a senior and experienced pupil master. Offered a tenancy upon completion. Thereafter practised extensively in crime. Developed a heavy workload in serious crime.


Birmingham University; Council of Legal Education (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Vardon – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Richard is a fantastic advocate – he is able to dissect the prosecution experts during cross-examinations.’

18 St John Street Chambers is praised as an ‘excellent’ and ‘well-established‘ set. Its members prosecute and defend in a wide range of cases, from serious sexual offences to terrorism and fraud. Michael Brady KC has been instructed on numerous high-profile murder cases. The set is also home to Rachel Shenton , who has a thriving practice defending and prosecuting serious sexual offence and violence cases, and Richard Vardon , who predominantly defends on homicides and drug importation cases.