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

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

Work Department

Commercial and chancery law.


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


Called 1998; Gray’s Inn. Appointments: appointed to the Attorney General’s Provincial Panel 2002.


Chancery Bar Association.


Manchester Grammar School; University of Oxford, Brasenose College ( BA Oxon); Inns of Court School of Law. Awards and scholarships: Somerset Iver Exhibition – Brasenose College; Lord Justice Holker Award – Gray’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Chapman KC – 18 St John Street ChambersRichard combines great experience and a bright legal mind with an ability to communicate complex issues to lay clients in a clear and practical way. Richard is first rate and he knows how solicitors need to be supported by counsel.’

18 St John Street Chambers is a ‘quality set‘. Head of chambers Richard Chapman KC  is also Chair of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association and has expertise in commercial contract disputes. The set also houses Elisabeth Tythcott, who handles shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duties by directors. Tythcott represented the claimant in Miller v Ball, a case concerning a partnership dispute between veterinary surgeons. David Hoffman is also a notable name.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Chapman KC – 18 St John Street Chambers

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Chapman KC – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Richard has an astonishing grasp of the law and is quick to evaluate and effectively analyse complex fact patterns. He is a superb barrister with a highly learned and simultaneously truly commercial understanding. He was a highly effective advocate and ally.’

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 > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Chapman KC18 St John Street Chambers  ‘Richard is approachable and provides reasoned, commercially-focussed advice for clients. He is particularly strong at advising in relation to complex matters.’