Nicholas Chapman


Nicholas Chapman’s background is in business crime though he now principally acts in civil cases, often involving some criminal dimension. In recent years he has acted in many of the biggest, most complex and most high-profile civil tax fraud cases, frequently as leading junior. He also acts in matters involving substantial questions of pure tax and Community law. He continues occasionally to act in criminal cases involving the most serious allegations of commercial fraud and corruption. He also specialises in civil and quasi-criminal asset recovery and injunctive relief proceedings, principally in the commercial courts. He has particular expertise in cross-border cases; many of his cases have an international dimension and he frequently works with foreign lawyers and as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Nicholas also advises corporations and regulators in very substantial regulatory and compliance matters. His practice also has a substantial public law aspect, acting for a range of government and private clients across a wide spectrum of administrative, public and private law litigation. He has appeared in a large number of reported public law cases, often involving particularly challenging and significant legal or factual issues.

He is instructed with increasing frequency at appellate level and has acted at all levels up to the Supreme Court. His clients include the Government Legal Department, HMRC, the SFO, CPS Special Casework, the National Crime Agency, multinational corporations and Magic Circle and other leading firms of solicitors. Amongst other appointments, he is a member of the Treasury Panel of Counsel to the Crown.

Published Works

Areas of Practice

Corporate Crime

Year Qualified



Nottingham University and Université de Versailles (LL.B. Law with European Law)


Fraud Lawyers Association
Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association