Richard Chapman

Year of Call: 1998


  • An experienced commercial and chancery law specialist, he has a focus on partnership disputes, insolvency cases and landlord and tenant matters.

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Chancery (Band 3)
  • "He is the complete package. He is good on his feet and he works hard." "His written work is always well presented and concise."

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Chancery (Band 3)
  • Receives impressive levels of praise for his diverse commercial and chancery practice. A highly experienced practitioner whose expertise spans professional negligence, tax, property and insurance litigation.

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) -Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
  • "He is very impressive and professional in court. He is highly persuasive, establishing a commanding rapport with the judge, and has an authoritative demeanour." "He is very good with clients and has a calm manner about him. His written work is excellent and he is a very strong advocate."

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
  • "His authoritative demeanour impresses in court."

    The Legal 500 (2017) - Northern Circuit - Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law
  • "His wide commercial knowledge stands him in good stead. He's bright, approachable and user-friendly." "Technically gifted, highly approachable and has a great table manner with clients."

    Chambers and Partners (2016)

Education

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


Professional Memberships

Appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Regional A Panel - 2002
Fee-Paid (Part Time) Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) - 2015
Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (Secretary)
Mercantile Court Users Group (Committee Member)
British Irish Commercial Bar Association (Treasurer)
Northern Chancery Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association


  • An experienced commercial and chancery law specialist, he has a focus on partnership disputes, insolvency cases and landlord and tenant matters.

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Chancery (Band 3)
  • "He is the complete package. He is good on his feet and he works hard." "His written work is always well presented and concise."

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Chancery (Band 3)
  • Receives impressive levels of praise for his diverse commercial and chancery practice. A highly experienced practitioner whose expertise spans professional negligence, tax, property and insurance litigation.

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) -Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
  • "He is very impressive and professional in court. He is highly persuasive, establishing a commanding rapport with the judge, and has an authoritative demeanour." "He is very good with clients and has a calm manner about him. His written work is excellent and he is a very strong advocate."

    Chambers and Partners (2018) - Northern (Bar) - Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
  • "His authoritative demeanour impresses in court."

    The Legal 500 (2017) - Northern Circuit - Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law
  • "His wide commercial knowledge stands him in good stead. He's bright, approachable and user-friendly." "Technically gifted, highly approachable and has a great table manner with clients."

    Chambers and Partners (2016)

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Shields & Sons Partnership v HMRC [2017](Case C-262/16)(CJEU decision awaited)
(Court of Justice of the European Union)(Appeared without a leader)

Re: Enterprise Insurance Company plc, Lawtel, [2017]
(Newey J) (Led by Nicholas Bacon QC) (Insurer’s termination of a solicitor’s retainer)

Impact Funding Solutions Ltd v AIG Europe Ltd [2017] AC 73
(Supreme Court) (Led by Timothy Dutton QC) (Scope of cover in a professional indemnity insurance policy)

Re: Rivelyn, 2016
(His Honour Judge Kaye QC) (£3,000,000 claim for professional negligence by solicitors)

Shields & Sons Partnership v HMRC [2016] UKUT 142 (TCC)
(Nugee J) (Cancellation of VAT flat-rate scheme certificate – this case has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union)

North of England Zoological Society v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 287 (TC)
(First-tier Tribunal – Against Roderick Cordara QC) (direct and immediate link between inputs and taxable supplies)

Sandher v Pearson [2013] EWCA Civ 1822
(Court of Appeal) (Unjust enrichment)

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2013] UKUT 247 (TCC)
(Upper Tribunal – Vos J) (VAT treatment of disposable barbecues – lead case)

Loughborough Student’s Union v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2013]
(Upper Tribunal) (Against John Tallon QC)

Manchester Building Society v Honeybourne Kenny [2013] EWHC 203 (CH)
(Service of a claim form upon a partnership)

1st 4 Report Ltd v HMRC [2012] UKFTT 641 (TC)
(MTIC – Successfully upheld HMRC’s refusal to repay input tax of £2,289,786.97)

PS Gill & Son (UK) Ltd v HMRC [2012] UKFTT 374 (TC)
(MTIC – Successfully upheld HMRC’s refusal to repay input tax of £2,448,530)

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2012] UKFTT 366 (TC)
(VAT treatment of disposable barbecues – lead case)

Loughborough Student’s Union v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2012] UKFTT 331 (TC)
(Against John Tallon QC)
3 Cube Real Estate Ltd v Pilkington, 13 January 2012, His Honour Judge Hegarty QC sitting as a Judge of the High Court (Mercantile Court)
(Contractual dispute)

Benridge Care Homes Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2012] UKUT 132 (TCC) (first instance at [2010] UKFTT 493 (TC))
(Upper Tribunal)
In the Matter of Langreen Ltd, 21 October 2011
(Wrongful trading proceedings. Led by Lexa Hilliard QC)

Megantic Services Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] UKFTT 125 (TC)
(Against Andrew Trollope QC)

Friendly Loans Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] SFTD 96

Broome and Wellington LP v Greenstein [2009] EWCA Civ 589
(Guarantees)

Asda Stores Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2009] UKFTT 247 (TC), [2010] SFTD 175

British Association for Shooting and Conservation Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2009] EWHC 300 (Ch), [2009] STC 1421 (first instance at [2008] STI 2380), Lewison J
(Against Roderick Cordara QC)

Black Horse Ltd v Langford [2007] EWHC 907 (QB), Gray J
(Construction of section 56(1) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974)

Ikram v Latif [2006] NPC 32, Anthony Elleray QC sitting as a recorder – see also appeal in front of HHJ Hodge QC
(Constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel)

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