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

Chambers of Richard Chapman QC
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 > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher McNall18 St John Street ChambersExcellent on paper and on his feet.

18 St John Street Chambers is a ‘very good set all-round‘ with in-depth expertise in the Chancery, probate, and tax fields. Christopher McNall is a specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. He acted for the successful appellants in their appeal against the refusal by HMRC to allow Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief against a farm on the basis the deceased was no longer a farmer and the dwelling was no longer a farmhouse. Elsewhere, Wayne Goldstein is acting for an inheritance claim totalling approximately £500,000; the claimant, his client, has learning difficulties and is bringing the claim against his mother and sisters for provision out of his late father’s estate. Oliver Caplan has ‘an understanding manner with clients supported by tenacious advocacy‘, and is a go-to junior for trust disputes.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Agriculture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher McNall18 St John Street ChambersVery good on paper, well acquainted with the law, understands most of the practical realities of agriculture. Not afraid to advance a position on the basis of considered authority in the face of opposition.

18 St John Street ChambersChristopher McNall is one of a few non-London specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. McNall is the Principal Judge of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, and holds judicial posts in the County Court and the Tax Tribunal. Recent cases of note include Charnley (exor of Gill) v HMRCEarl of Plymouth v Rees, and Omagh Minerals Ltd v HMRC.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher McNall18 St John Street ChambersHis written work is excellent. Arguments presented coherently on paper.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers covers business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. In recent appointment news, Michael Brady QC took silk; Jennifer Newstead-Taylor has been appointed a deputy district judge; and Christopher McNall  has been appointed to the Arbitration, Mediation and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. Strengthening chambers, Paul Treble  has joined the crime team, while Victoria Roberts has joined the business and property department.