Adam Chapman

Partner and Head of Department

Public Law

"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

Adam joined Kingsley Napley in January 2010 as a partner and head of Public Law. He has over 20 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:

Described in Chambers UK 2012 as having “massive experience” and an “excellent pedigree”, recent significant cases have included representing AvMA and the Patients Association as core participants in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry and acting for relatives of victims in the 7/7 Inquest. Adam has been involved in many of the most significant judicial review cases of recent years, for example Gentle (Article 2 ECHR and the adequacy of steps taken to ensure the legality of the invasion of Iraq), Al Skeini (Article 2 ECHR sand the deaths of Iraqi civilians), Binyam Mohammed (disclosure of information to Guantanamo detainees), Purdy (prosecution policy and assisted suicide) and Wheeler (lawfulness of the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon without a referendum). In 2016, Adam was included in the Fourth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Administrative & Public Law.


  • Criminal Law - Practice and Procedure, December 2010
  • Butterworths Commercial Judicial Review and Regulatory Proceedings Conference - 'The Human Rights Act and commercial judicial review'


Professional Societies and memberships


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 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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