Oliver Caplan > Chambers of Richard Chapman KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Commercial and chancery law, including: real property, landlord and tenant, contract, company, trusts, partnership, insolvency, wills, professional negligence, banking, sale of goods.


Since completing pupillage in 2011 Oliver has forged a broad Business and Property practice and a stellar reputation on and off circuit, regularly receiving national instruction.

Oliver undertakes a wide range of advisory, drafting, mediatory and advocacy works dealing with high-value and complex matters. He has extensive experience in acting for and advising individuals, companies and local authorities and adopts a pragmatic and straightforward approach, tailored to the specific needs of the client. Oliver’s approach to litigation is keenly focused upon the narrowing of issues between parties to ensure the practical and inexpensive resolution of disputes.

Oliver regularly appears in the High Court, County Court and Land Registration and Residential Property Tribunals.

Oliver’s practice is primarily focused upon real property, landlord and tenant, social housing, trusts of land, contract, company, consumer credit, partnerships, personal and corporate insolvency, wills and trusts, contentious probate, court of protection, professional negligence, banking, sale of goods and sports.


Called 2007.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver Caplan – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Oliver has excellent and forceful advocacy skills, he is liked and respected by the Judiciary and he is attentive, engaged and a quick-thinker.’

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Oliver Caplan – 18 St John Street Chambers Oliver is excellent at putting clients at ease.’

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.