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About Caroline Chappell

I studied Jurisprudence at Lincoln College, the University of Oxford. I have a practice background, having qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May, a 'magic circle' commercial firm in the City of London. After spending some time after qualification in the commercial property department of Slaughter and May, I switched specialty to clinical negligence and healthcare law.  I have worked for two of the leading defendant firms in the country in this area and had a special interest in brain injury and obstetric cases.

Within my practice experience I have advised NHS Health Authorities and NHS Trusts on diverse matters, including the Judicial Review of the proposal to close Guy’s Hospital in London and major GP and pharmacist fraud. I have also conducted high value catastrophic injury cases, mainly concerning brain injury at birth.

I have worked as a Lecturer at the University of Chester Law School since 2008 and am currently a Senior Lecturer in Law. My specialisms lie in both Tort Law and Medical Law and Ethics. 

I am a founder member of the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of Chester. My research interests relate to gender violence with a specific focus on Female Genital Mutilation. I have presented research papers in these areas at national and international conferences and organised a National Symposium on the challenges presented by Female Genital Mutilation in 2014.


I teach at all levels of undergraduate study and am Module Leader at Level 5 for Tort Law and at Level 6 for Medical Law. I am Module Leader at Level 7 for Personal Injury and Medical Law on the Masters Programme.


My focus lies within issues relating to gender violence and legal routes to address such issues. I have a specific interest in issues relating to Female Genital Mutilation. I have delivered conference papers on these areas at National and International Conferences and symposiums. I have also delivered invited lectures and seminars in these areas.

Published Work

Conference Papers:-

Chappell, C (2018) The Utility of Criminal Prosecution in the Context of FGM: The FGM Conference: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation, University of Salford, 2018, United Kingdom 

Chappell, C (2016) Fighting Female Genital Mutilation: Institute for Gender Studies, University of Chester, 2016, United Kingdom

Chappell, C. (2015) Eradicating Mutilation: attempts to Relegate Female Genital Mutilation to the Pages of History: The International Talking Bodies Conference University of Chester, 2015, United Kingdom.

Chappell, C. (2014) Recognition of Cultural Diversity cannot justify inaction on FGM: Common themes in attempts to eradicate FGM:  National Symposium – FGM- When Tradition becomes Violation, University of Chester, 2014, United Kingdom.  (Also organiser of said symposium.) 

Chappell, C. (2012) BIID and the DSM 5: The International Talking Bodies Conference, University of Chester, 2012, United Kingdom.

Chappell, C. (2011) Broadening the Scope of Diversity: a study of equality and Body Integrity Identity Disorder: Chester University Student Discrimination Law Conference, University of Chester, 2011, United Kingdom

Davies, C., & Chappell, C. (2011, December). The BME student experience: findings of a small northern university. Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference, 2011, Newport, United Kingdom.


B.A. Hons (Oxon) Lincoln College University of Oxford 1990

Law Society Finals (Guildford College of Law) 1991

Qualified Solicitor (non-practising)

M.A. Hons (Oxon) University of Oxford 1999

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2012