William Chapman is an experienced barrister with a broad common law practice, principally in personal injury, clinical negligence and historic sex abuse claims but also in employment and commercial cases where his broad experience counts. He is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for personal injury. His early years in practice provided extensive experience in the Crown Court providing him with the advocacy skills to match the demands of complex litigation.
William is acting for a number of high-profile claimants arising out of the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham.
He is acting for core participant complainants in the Roman Catholic module of the Independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (The Jay Inquiry).
William accepts instructions through Direct Access.
William is instructed predominately for the claimant. His practice includes claims resulting from missed diagnoses of cancer, poor dentistry, failed corneal graphs, unnecessary laparotomies, inappropriate treatment of diabetes, and failure to treat a mesenteric infarction. He has a particular interest in cases involving dermatology as he is married to a consultant dermatologist.
William makes full use of his background in economics and computers to judge the commercial realities of complex and big-paper cases including claims in negligence against professionals. He is particularly strong in those areas that straddle other areas of his practice.
William acts principally for claimants in multi-track personal injury and historic abuse cases. He has extensive experience in RTA, EL and PL claims and those involving highway authorities. William’s background in economics and computers means he makes short work of even large and complicated Schedules of Loss. He also straddles the Employment Tribunal jurisdiction in stress-at-work claims. He recently successfully argued that a claimant was not estopped from pursuing a parallel claim in the ET after the civil claim had been compromised.
He has appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal both on his own and with a leader. He has been instructed as junior counsel in the high-profile case concerning Mark Kennedy, the undercover policeman.
William has acted in a number of claims on behalf of and against the police. He is currently being led in the claim by Mark Kennedy, the undercover policeman, against the Metropolitan Police for damages for psychological injury following a mismanaged undercover placement.
William has acted for claimants in historic abuse claims for over six years and is instructed by some of the leading firms in the field. He has a particular interest in the disclosure requirements for litigation of these claims and was junior counsel in the important case of Durham CC v Dunn  EWCA Civ 1654,  1 WLR 2305 that determined that the DPA had no bearing on the requirements of standard disclosure under the CPR. As a result social services records and the like are no longer routinely provided for inspection in heavily redacted form.
William is instructed on a large number of claims against the Ministry of Defence. He is currently acting for the dependents of a soldier killed in Iraq following a successful attempt to order the re-opening of the Inquest into his death.
William has acted in the Employment Tribunal for over six years including claims for discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal. He acts for a number of local authorities in London. He has a particular interest in those cases straddling the civil and employment tribunal jurisdictions, especially in stress-at-work claims.
William is experienced in the competing jurisdictions of the Employment Tribunal and Civil Courts. He recently successfully argued that, having settled the civil claim, the Claimant was not estopped from pursuing overlapping damages in the Employment Tribunal.
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