Christopher McNall > Chambers of Richard Chapman KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Agriculture, wills and contentious probate, chancery, commercial, mediation.


After undergraduate and graduate legal studies in Oxford and Poland, Christopher taught law at the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff. He came to the Bar in Manchester in 2005, since then he has undertaken a wide range of Chancery and commercial cases. He aims to bring a robust and practical approach to all my clients’ cases, and to make a worthwhile contribution to them. He understands the importance of careful and comprehensive pleadings, and many of my cases are resolved at that early stage. Agriculture: Christopher regularly instructed in agricultural disputes of all kinds, both before the Courts and in arbitrations, including disputes about tenancies, partnerships, land, planning and environmental law. He is also a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, and gives seminars nationwide on agricultural law. Wills and Contentious Probate: Christopher advises and acts, both for beneficiaries and executors, in claims across the whole range of disputed wills (including fraudulent wills, disputes as to capacity, undue influence, knowledge and approval, and revocation) and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. Chancery: Christopher advises and acts in the range of matters which belongs to the Chancery Division of the High Court, and Chancery Business in the County Court, and especially disputes involving rights of way and boundaries, tenancies, mortgages, professional negligence (especially solicitors), fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties. He has an interest in intellectual property, and has recently acted in claims and applications for urgent injunctive relief involving domain-name and trademark infringement, and passing-off. Commercial: he advises and acts in commercial disputes such as debt claims, and claims concerning defective goods, performance, or workmanship. Recent cases of this kind have involved groundworks at an onshore gas terminal, and windows in a series of shopping centres. Christopher contributed the chapter on ‘Insolvency’ to the recent book ‘The Impact of the Human Rights Act on Private Law’ (Cambridge, 2011). Mediation: Christopher accepts instructions to act as a mediator. He is an accredited mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) and an associate member of the Association of Northern Mediators. He also has considerable experience of representing clients in mediations.


Called 2005; Middle Temple.


Polish (conversational), Hungarian (basic).


Administrative Law Bar Association; Agricultural Law Association (Fellow); Association of Northern Mediators (associate); Chancery Bar Association; Society of Legal Scholars (associate member); Northern Circuit of the Bar; Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association.


Hawarden High School, Flintshire; University of Oxford (BA MA DPhil); Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; University of the West of England, Bristol (Bar Vocational Course). Scholarships and Prizes: Middle Temple (Scholar); Magdalen College Oxford (Scholar); Jagiellonian University Krakow (Scholar); Agricultural Law Association ‘Chairman’s Trophy’ 2009; Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) 2010 – date.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Agriculture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher McNall18 St John Street ChambersHis expertise in agricultural law is immense. He is really helpful and is pragmatic in his advice.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher McNall18 St John Street Chambers ‘Christopher has excellent knowledge of all issues involving agricultural disputes, TOLATA and general property, trusts and probate work. He provides timely advice and is willing to speak on the phone before instructions to help narrow issues. Christopher is often instructed on complicated issues of fact and law and on niche issues which require careful research due to his expertise in these matters. He is good with clients and opposing counsel.’

The members at 18 St John Street Chambers handle a wide range of Chancery work. Christopher McNall’s Chancery practice has a strong focus on farming and agriculture, as well as Inheritance Act claims in which he represents the HMRC. He also acted for HMRC in Trustees of Batley Settlement v HMRC, a case concerning whether a chain of apart-hotels provided sufficient services to be classed as hotels for taxation purposes. Oliver Caplan has expertise in handling chancery litigation, including real property, landlord and tenant, insolvency, trusts of land, wills and estates and partnerships, while Richard Chapman KC specialises in tax disputes. Elisabeth Tythcott is also active in the business and property courts.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher McNall18 St John Street ChambersHighly experienced, extremely knowledgeable and dynamic.