Adam Chapman

Partner and Head of Department

Public Law | Judicial Review | Data Protection

"a very wise, astute public law lawyer," according to sources, who add: "He was a Treasury solicitor for a long time, which gives him a very well-rounded judgement."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017

“superstar in public law”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2020

Adam joined Kingsley Napley in January 2010 as a partner and head of Public Law. He has nearly 30 years experience as a public lawyer and previously spent most of his career in central government, working at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and at the Attorney General’s Office.

Recognised as a “leader in his field” in Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500, Adam’s areas of expertise include:

In his judicial review practice he acts for both claimants and defendants with cases arising out of criminal investigations – including challenges to search warrants and arrests - regulatory proceedings and all aspects of policy development and implementation. His experience includes taking cases in the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.

Adam has very significant experience in acting for parties involved in public inquiries. Recent significant cases include acting for participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Renewable Heat Incentives Inquiry and the Paterson Inquiry. He has equally deep experience in inquest work, recently acting for the sisters of PC Keith Palmer in the Westminster Bridge Inquest.

His data protection work ranges from compliance advice through to advising on responses to information security breaches and appeals against decisions of the ICO. Under the freedom of information regimes he acts both for organisations and individuals seeking to obtain information and public bodies when responding to requests.

Presentations

  • Criminal Law - Practice and Procedure
  • Butterworths Commercial Judicial Review and Regulatory Proceedings Conference - 'The Human Rights Act and commercial judicial review'

 

Professional Societies and memberships

 

go-to person for defendant institutions and regulators.”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2020

Adam Chapman is an excellent public and regulatory lawyer. Very solutions focused and practical"

Legal 500 UK, 2020

provides clear and firm advice and demonstrates a keen insight on the likely decisions and responses a public inquiry is likely to make."

Legal 500 UK, 2019

 "really bright" as well as "thorough, quick and knowledgeable."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

...one of his great skills is that he can see the detail of an issue and bigger picture at the same time - he sees the wood and the trees.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

sound judgement and a well-rounded view, having had previous experience at the Treasury Solicitor," according to interviewees. Sources note that "he is extremely accommodating and very assiduous in the work he does," and "immensely knowledgeable in his field and knows how to litigate against the government” 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2016

...‘quite simply exceptional’...

Legal 500 UK 2012

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Blogs

Google Spain redux – removing search engine links to stories about removing search engine links

Judicial review and suitable alternative remedies

Search warrants and non-disclosure: will the new Criminal Procedure Rules raise standards?

Judicial Review Reforms – a collision course with the judges?

Challenging the Financial Conduct Authority – no anonymity and (almost) no judicial review

Judicial Review Reform – the juggernaut rumbles on

Judicial review reform - will it work?

Reforming Judicial Review – yet more proposals

Inconsistent, partial and falling below the standards to be expected of a responsible public body – but still lawful: TfL’s bus advertisement ban

Reforming Judicial Review?

Missing the point – the Prime Minister and judicial review

Applications for search warrants and the duty of disclosure: does it matter if the police get it wrong?

“Middleton” inquests v “Jamieson” inquests – are they really different?

Sanctions – ameliorating the effect on individuals

Determining the reach of the Pensions Ombudsman – who decides?

Judicial review – busting the explosion myth

Challenging the FSA Regulatory Decisions Committee: the Upper Tribunal or the Administrative Court?

The taxman all at sea - creating and revoking legitimate expectations

Judicial Review: Legal Professional Privilege and regulators - winning the battle but losing the war?

The Public Sector Equality Duty: one year on and continuing uncertainty

Constitutional law: Hard cases make…constitutional law?

Public Law Update – Licensing Appeals in the spotlight

Public Law Update – Inquests: Rule 43 reports

Public Law Update: Healthcare rationing

Judicial Review costs – a missed opportunity to extend access to justice

Kingsley Napley considers statutory instruments and Brexit

Data breach reporting – the only way is up

Joint data controllers – yet more data protection uncertainty

Legal update: Unlawful Discrimination in Personal Independence Payments

Legal Update: Revisiting trial in the absence of a defendant

The Coroner’s decision is (almost always) final: the Court’s approach to judicial review of inquest proceedings

Brexit: what the Government (whoever forms it) needs to do now

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The availability of judicial review against bodies exercising “public functions”

Doctors’ privacy rights: GMC wrong to disclose information to patient

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Further update: EU-US Privacy Shield

April Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

New Information Commissioner announced

March Update: EU-US Privacy Shield

Information Commissioner calls for stronger sentencing powers

Information law update: Subject access requests and the dilemma for data controllers

'Reform' of judicial review – The bandwagon trundles on

Commercially sensitive information and the nincompoop’s law

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+44 (0)20 7814 1205

achapman@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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