Rachel Shenton > 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 including murder, serious offences of violence, fraud, other offences of dishonesty, drugs, trading standards and driving offences. Particular specialisation in rape, child abuse (sexual and physical), all sexual offences and historic abuse including instructions to defend in a number of cases of historic child abuse in residential schools and children’s homes as part of police operations in Staffordshire – Operation Thor – and Liverpool – Operation Cure.


Called to the Bar: 1993


Altrincham Girls Grammar School; University of London; University of Central Lancashire; Inns of Court School of Law. Qualifications: LLB (hons).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rachel Shenton – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Rachel is an extremely effective advocate. She is excellent with clients and particularly adept at handling cases which require sensitivity. She has a charming manner with jurors and is a first class trial advocate. She is known for her expertise in serious sex cases in particular and she has a talent for assimilating the facts and getting to the crux of a case.’

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.