Michael joined JMW in October 2016 as Partner and Head of the Family Department.
He specialises in divorce, financial matters relating to divorce, preparing pre- and postnuptial agreements and financial applications brought on behalf of children where the parents are not married. Michael has experience of complex cases often involving businesses, overseas assets, complicated pension or trust arrangements and inherited assets. Michael also deals with cases where arrangements for the care of children are in issue.
Over the years Michael has developed a reputation for being commercial and proactive in his approach to cases. It is this reputation that has led to him being instructed by high profile business owners, property developers, sports people and professionals, many of whom are from the legal sector. Michael is able to identify the central features to a case early in proceedings and adopt and implement the most effective strategy.
Michael is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. He is described as “a real talent” and able to “come up with solutions and strategies on cases which are creative and considered" . Recently Legal 500 states that the 'amazingly strong' team includes the ‘superb’ Michael Chapman, whose ‘client skills are second to none’.