Jeff Chapman QC is recommended as a leading silk in civil fraud, commercial dispute resolution and banking. In recent years he has appeared in the 47 day BTA Bank v Ablyazov trial in the Commercial Court; and parts 1 and 2 of the €100 million Group Seven fraud trial in the Chancery Division (30 days in the Chancery Division against the main fraudsters upheld in the CA followed by a 35 day trial in the Chancery Division against various professionals who had assisted the fraud). The recent CA decision  EWCA Civ 614 found the bank manager, his bank and an accountant liable for dishonest assistance (vicariously in the case of the bank) and is the leading dishonest assistance authority post-Ivey. Jeff acts for the bank in the Playboy Club v Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA litigation which has twice been to the Court of Appeal and once successfully to the Supreme Court to establish whether the bank did not owe a Hedley Byrne duty of care. He has appeared in two corruption trials at the Old Bailey defending a Russian banker who worked for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (with confiscation proceedings taking place in 2019); and cross-examined Mike Ashley in the Jeffrey Blue litigation. Most recently, Jeff appeared in the largest ever claim for damages on a cross-undertaking ever brought in the Patent Court which settled after a long trial in 2019.
Jeff’s wide-ranging practise includes (in addition to his core work in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division) international arbitrations, multi-jurisdictional sports and art law cases involving (not at the same time) football clubs and agents, showjumpers, horses, Ferraris and works of art, offshore disputes (including advising the financial services regulator in Bermuda and acting for banks in the Isle of Man), a substantial forthcoming trial in the TCC and res judicata claims in the TCC and Patents Court. He also appeared successfully in two important recent decisions limiting the scope of Norwich Pharmacal orders (the Ramilos decision at  EWHC 3175 (Comm) and Piraeus Bank v EFG Bank  EWHC 2554 Ch)).
Descriptions in practioners’ guides include, “A pleasure to work with and great with clients” and “Very original in his thinking and a man of great court craft.” His recent notable cases are set out below.