Set Profile > Chambers of Richard Chapman QC > Manchester, England

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

Clinical negligence

18 St John Street Chambers is home to Christopher Limb and Gemma McGungle, both of whom specialise in claimant clinical negligence work. Among other work, Limb represented the claimant in Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, a sepsis case.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street ChambersA safe pair of hands who never misses a relevant detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street ChambersA very strong, detail-oriented advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

18 St John Street Chambers is home to a broad range of commercial and Chancery practitioners and is instructed on a correspondingly wide range of cases. Notable specialist areas include director disqualifications and insolvency. One recent case is Direct Accident Management v Greentree Legal and Legend Legal, in which David Hoffman defended two solicitor's firms against a confidential information claim brought by a claims management company.

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersHis attention to detail and agricultural knowledge are first-class.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersTackles unusual cases with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersVery clever and innovative.
Ranked: Tier 2
Wayne Goldstein - 18 St John Street ChambersParticularly strong on trusts and Inheritance Act matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Richard Chapman QC - 18 St John Street ChambersExperienced in a wide range of commercial matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

18 St John Street Chambers, praised by clients for its 'friendly, professional, and reliable' approach, fields a large team of specialist family practitioners, with a particular focus on care proceedings, though members do also practice in financial remedy and private children law cases. Financial remedy specialist Stephen Murray recently acted for the wife in an enforcement proceeding stemming from a previous financial order, which the husband sought to avoid by transferring English property assets to a Bahamian trust.

Leading Juniors

Yvonne Healing - 18 St John Street ChambersShe instils confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersA formidable advocate who will fight a client’s case robustly and without taking a backward step.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Bramall - 18 St John Street ChambersHer patience and compassion makes her invaluable with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rehana Begum - 18 St John Street ChambersA committed advocate with sound knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersEfficient, calm and focused.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Donohue - 18 St John Street ChambersA strong advocate who inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Holloran - 18 St John Street ChambersComplex cases involving parental alienation and abuse are her forte.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury

The 'well-established' 18 St John Street Chambers is home to a 'very broad' range of specialist practitioners, who are instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Particular areas of expertise for the set include employer's liability, road traffic accidents and occupier's liability.

Leading Juniors

Elahe Youshani - 18 St John Street ChambersHighly skilled when questioning experts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kane Simons - 18 St John Street ChambersParticularly experienced in accidents involving cyclists and motorcyclists.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersGreat at cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

18 St John Street Chambers covers a range of personal injury, criminal law, and family law matters, and has a growing commercial practice as evidenced by Richard Chapman’s 2019 silk appointment. Also of note, junior Hannah Phoenix has recently returned to chambers after taking a sabbatical to work as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal for Sir Andrew McFarlane and Lord Justice Peter Jackson. The ‘really friendly and efficient’ clerks include senior clerk John Hammond; in the family clerking team, Camille Scott and Garrick Brown are ‘always prepared to go out of their way to find suitable counsel, last-minute if necessary’; and civil clerk Katie Brown, who is ‘very efficient and quick to reply’. Offices in: Manchester


The members of 18 St John Street Chambers have been delivering the highest standards of advice and advocacy services to professional and lay clients for over 45 years. Across our core departments we offer exceptionally skilled practitioners in business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. The depth of each department allows us to offer an extensive list of barristers across the full range of seniority and experience who are knowledgeable, insightful and analytical with particular expertise in verbal and written advice, legal drafting, negotiation and court advocacy. Within our dedicated practice groups we provide further teams specialising in additional areas of expertise including clinical negligence, costs, Court of Protection, employment, military proceedings, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, sports law and tax. Chambers also has an accredited team offering arbitration and mediation services.

Whilst the majority of our work is conducted on the Northern Circuit, members regularly attend conferences, meetings and mediations and undertake advocacy in every level of the Tribunals and Courts across the United Kingdom and further afield. Members appear in the Court of Appeal, Upper Tribunal, Supreme Court and the European Courts. Our members treat each and every case with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. We are understanding and sympathetic but firm, focused and professional. We represent individuals directly and via high street, regional and national law firms. We also provide our services to businesses and public sector organisations including the full range of prosecuting authorities and agencies as well as local councils and regional authorities.

We maintain the highest standards and traditions of the independent bar but we are a dynamic and forward thinking chambers. Members have embraced the modern administration of legal practice with paperless working, online resources, document collaboration and the use of electronic diaries and case management systems, a predominant feature in their day-to-day work. Chambers boasts state of the art conference, meeting and mediation facilities including video-link and telephone conference technology.

The success of our members is epitomised by the number who have gone on to be appointed as District, Circuit and High Court Judges. Chambers is able to draw strongly on the knowledge and experience of its currents members who hold judicial and governmental appointments, including Recorders, Deputy District Judges, part-time Judges sitting in the First Tier Tribunals of the Primary Health Lists, Special Educational Needs, Care Standards, Health, Education, Social Care and Tax and Property Chambers, and the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. Four barristers are members of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, and three are former university lecturers in law. Other members have worked on secondment for government departments including the Charity Commission and the Care Quality Commission.

Chambers’ clerking and administration teams have a wealth of experience across all fields of practice and areas of accounting. We have dedicated teams of clerks specifically trained to look after clients with specialist knowledge in their own practice areas. Our fees clerks have decades of experience in billing and processing fees in legally aided, privately paid and publically funded matters.

Business & Property Our specialist services include providing robust and practical advice, drafting of documents and high quality advocacy, tailored to the needs of the client across all areas of chancery and commercial litigation. Areas of business law expertise include banking and financial services, bankruptcy and insolvency, civil fraud, company law, consumer credit, contracts, directors duties and disqualification, entertainment law, European law, franchising, housing, insurance, intellectual property (including copyright), landlord and tenant (commercial, residential, and agricultural), mortgages and guarantees, partnerships and joint ventures, product liability, professional negligence, restraint of trade and economic torts and sale of goods. Our property law expertise covers agricultural land and tenancies, boundaries, rights of way and landholder disputes, charities and clubs, environmental law, inheritance & probate, planning and development, land registration disputes, possession of land, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, tax (and especially business and agricultural property relief and trusts of land.

Civil and Personal Injury Our members’ practices focus primarily on personal injury and clinical negligence work. Specialist areas covered include road traffic accidents (including motorcycle and bicycles claims), employers’ liability, public liability and product liability claims. Individual barristers also have expertise in professional negligence, employment law, housing, inquests and costs. We cover all levels of work, from small claims to the most complex matters, including catastrophic injury claims and other high-value litigation. Members of the department regularly receive individual legal directory testimonials and are described as being ‘highly meticulous’, ‘tenacious and skilful’, having ‘medical knowledge [that] is second to none’ and ‘an excellent manner with clients’. We act for both claimants and defendants, and pride ourselves on our approachability and client care.

Crime Our department are regularly instructed in serious, high profile and complicated cases. We offer expertise at all levels of seniority. We prosecute and defend at all stages of the criminal process from pre-charge to the appellate level. Our work includes homicide, terrorism, sexual and violent offences, drugs and importation, fraud and organised crime. Expertise extends to various fields related to criminal law such as regulatory and disciplinary work, confiscation hearings, Parole Board hearings and forfeiture of cash and goods. We have members who bring with them experience from outside the self-employed Bar in forensic science, mediation, the Court of Appeal and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Family Our experienced and dedicated counsel undertake work at all levels across all areas of law involving children, families and finance, who are regularly instructed in complex, high-profile and high-net-worth cases. Our ethos is to provide a service which combines expert legal advice with the practical common sense that is often required to ensure that those we represent achieve the best possible result. Our clients value the fact that we offer the highest quality range of counsel, with specialist knowledge and experience in public and private law children act, adoption, wardship, forced marriage protection orders, female genital mutilation protection orders, surrogacy and issues relating to same sex parents pursuant to HFEA, child abduction, international relocation, divorce, domestic violence injunctions, financial remedy proceedings, recovery and preservation of assets, cohabitation disputes including TOLATA claims, Court of Protection, deprivation of liberty and secure accommodation.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk John Hammond
Head Criminal Clerk James Hotchin
Head Civil Clerk Katie Brown
Head Family Clerk Camille Scott
Chambers Manager Emma Bowie
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN QC, Richard (1998)
Associate Member GLANCY QC, Robert (1972)*
Associate Member KILLALEA QC, Stephen (1981)*
Associate Member EKANEY QC, Nkumbe (1990)*
Associate Member HOWLING QC, Rex (1991)*
Associate Member ISAACS QC, Elizabeth (1998)*
Members of Chambers DOCKERY, Paul (1973)
Members of Chambers O'BRIEN, Paul (1974)
Members of Chambers DIAMOND, Christopher (1975)
Members of Chambers LIMB, Christopher (1975)
Members of Chambers LAPRELL, Mark (1979)
Members of Chambers HUFFER, Ian (1979)
Members of Chambers VARDON, Richard (1985)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Stephen (1986)
Members of Chambers HEALING, Yvonne (1987)
Members of Chambers SASSE, Toby (1988)
Members of Chambers BIRTLES, Samantha (1989)
Members of Chambers TYTHCOTT, Elisabeth (1989)
Members of Chambers HOLLORAN, Fiona (1989)
Members of Chambers DALE, Jonathan (1991)
Members of Chambers WILLS, Janice (1991)
Members of Chambers BRADY, Michael (1992)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Susan (1993)
Members of Chambers SHENTON, Rachel (1993)
Members of Chambers MOORE, Andrew (1996)
Members of Chambers FAUX, Rachel (1997)
Members of Chambers HOFFMAN, David (1997)
Members of Chambers MACKLEY, David (1997)
Members of Chambers GRIERSON, Jonathan (1999)
Members of Chambers BRAMALL, Kate (1999)
Members of Chambers GOLDSTEIN, Wayne (1999)
Members of Chambers NORMAN, Ben (2000)
Members of Chambers BOYLE, Karen (2000)
Members of Chambers CAPLAN, Leonie (2001)
Members of Chambers KAJUE, Soria (2001)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Nicholas (2001)
Members of Chambers BUCKLE, Colin (2002)
Members of Chambers DONALDSON, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Laura (2003)
Members of Chambers NEWSTEAD TAYLOR, Jennifer (2003)
Members of Chambers BEGUM, Rehana (2004)
Members of Chambers MCNALL, Christopher (2005)
Members of Chambers LAU, Vanessa (2005)
Members of Chambers YOUSHANI, Elahe (2005)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Angela (2005)
Members of Chambers AHMED, Farah (2005)
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Michael (2006)
Members of Chambers AMEEN, Danish (2006)
Members of Chambers CHAN, Evonnie (2007)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Rupert (2007)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers SIMONS, Kane (2007)
Members of Chambers POPE, Sandra (2008)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Fergal (2007)
Members of Chambers CAPLAN, Oliver (2007)
Members of Chambers CALDER, Daniel (2008)
Members of Chambers WARTERS, Anna (2011)
Members of Chambers MCGUNGLE, Gemma (2011)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Elizabeth (2011)
Members of Chambers BRETTS, Lewis (2012)
Members of Chambers RONAN, Neil (2012)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Nicholas (2016)
Members of Chambers COULSON, Lucy (2013)
Members of Chambers BROCKLEBANK, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Jocelyn (2015)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Jonathan (2013)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Jack (2015)
Members of Chambers CARROLL, Nicola (2016)
Members of Chambers ALMEIDA, Amber (2016)
Members of Chambers EMPSON, Victoria (2016)
Members of Chambers PHOENIX, Hannah (2015)
Members of Chambers PREECE, James (2016)
Members of Chambers DONOHUE, Kate (2017)
Members of Chambers BOWKER, Joshua (2015)
Members of Chambers CRADDOCK, Toby (2015)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Anna (2018)
Members of Chambers SWINSCOE, Martine (2018)
Associate Member MCEWAN, Malcolm (1977)*
Associate Member BRIGGS, Laura (2001)*
Associate Member RIMMER, Hugh (2003)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) DOWSE, Francesca (2004)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) BIRKETT QC, Peter (1972)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) WIGGLESWORTH QC, Raymond (1979)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) HEDGELAND, Roger (1972)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) JONES, Nell (2000)*
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