Matthew Chapman KC

Call: 1994     |    Silk: 2017

Matthew Chapman KC is a specialist in cross-border personal injury claims, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

His clients include foreign insurers, tour operators, travel agents, air and sea carriers, in addition to members of the public. His practice includes conflicts matters (jurisdiction and applicable law disputes in a variety of contexts), package travel claims, claims under the international carriage conventions and contractual recovery actions by tour operators.

Matthew has experience before tribunals at all levels (including the Supreme Court and Court of the Justice of the European Union). He has wide experience of Inquests and is also adept at representing clients at Mediation, Settlement Meetings and all other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Matthew was formerly Conciliator for the conciliation scheme run by the Passenger Shipping Association, a form of ADR (2005 to 2010).

Matthew’s background is in complex personal injury, acting for local and other public authorities across the full range of claims and he continues to accept instructions in this area.

In addition to lecturing widely within his specialist areas of practice, Matthew is a co-author of both Munkman on Employers’ Liability and Saggerson on Travel Law and Litigation, and sole author of The Snail and the Ginger Beer: the singular case of Donoghue v Stevenson.

Matthew Chapman KC is recognised in The Best Lawyers United Kingdom 2024 for excellence in Personal Injury and Travel Law.

Matthew is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the field of travel and cross border claims in which he acts for both Claimants and Defendants and for a wide range of clients. Formerly ranked by Chambers & Partners as a “star” junior, he continues to act in a wide range of high profile matters in silk, appearing before tribunals at all levels, including the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.

Matthew has a background in the defence of complex personal injury claims for local and other public authorities. More recently, he has developed particular interests in leisure accidents and Animals Act matters and is acting in a number of high profile matters within these fields.


“Matthew is a delight to work with. He has a depth of knowledge that is unrivalled, and has his finger on the pulse of all cross-border litigation issues.”

Legal 500 2024

“He is the godfather of travel and number one when it comes to anything technical or jurisdiction related.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“Matthew provides practical and commercially aware advice. He possesses a huge depth of knowledge.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Matthew is extremely intelligent.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“A fantastic knowledge of travel law, an exceptional advocate with the soft skills necessary to build a rapport with catastrophically injured clients.”

Legal 500 2023

“Matthew is technically astute and a real expert for both claimants and defendants.”

Legal500 2023

“Matthew's knowledge of travel law, including complex jurisdictional and applicable law issues, is unparalleled.”

Legal 500 2022

“Disconcertingly bright; photographic memory; amazing attention to detail. Great to have on your side in a tough international claim.”

Legal 500 2022

“Great at identifying and addressing the key issues in complex cases. You are immediately on the front foot if you have Matthew as part of your team.”

Legal 500 2022

“Notably strong in travel and holiday cases.”

Legal 500 2022

“One of the brightest barristers. He is entirely unflappable and fights cases with tenacity. He also gives very candid and commercial advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“A go-to QC in an international serious injury case - he is responsive, super intelligent and understands very complex issues relating to international law.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“He is absolutely razor-sharp, very agile and reliable. He is an absolute genius on jurisdictional matters.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“Matthew Chapman QC is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to his outstanding work on personal injury claims and package holiday disputes.”

Who's Who Legal: UK Bar Aviation & Travel - Silks

“Formerly, "The pre-eminent travel law junior of his generation, unsurpassed in pure travel law, who expresses himself clearly, is very good with clients and can be trusted to get something right." Now a leading silk in his specialist area of practice.”

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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