Nick Stanage

n.stanage@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

1997
Nick Stanage
Profile

Nick Stanage specialises in actions against the police, inquests, immigration and related judicial reviews.

 

He is recommended as a leading junior in police law, civil liberties and immigration by Chambers and Partners Guide to the UK legal profession. He is also listed in the Legal 500. The directories describe ‘a really fantastic trial barrister’ who is 'charismatic and knows how to get the best out of the client on the stand, and the worst out of the defendant in cross-examination'. He is ‘a compelling advocate’ who is ‘highly cerebral, calm and assured'.

 

Human rights work abroad

Nick has worked in Turkey, Tunisia and Jordan for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He has worked with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza. He has a particular interest in the promotion and protection of the rights of detainees and in fair criminal trials abroad.

Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities

Nick specialises in high-value claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in claims arising from death in police or prison custody. He has advised and/or represented members of Parliament, business people, authors, journalists, members of trade unions, vulnerable adults and minors. He recently succeeded in a long-running group action for breach of the freedom of expression and association of political protestors.

Inquiries and Inquests

Nick is an Assistant Coroner and accepts instructions in complex inquests where the conduct of police, prison or hospital staff is challenged. He has represented bereaved families and others in many significant inquests involving unlawful killing, police shootings, neglect and failure by the authorities to safeguard the human rights of the deceased. He undertakes civil claims arising from inquests. He has been appointed Counsel to the Inquest.

Immigration Asylum and Personal

Nick specialises in civil claims for false imprisonment against the Home Office and provides independent expert reports for the Family Court where the nationality and immigration status of children is in issue. He acts for business clients and students in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. He has a particular interest in the freedom of expression of artists and political activists persecuted abroad. He appeared in IA and SA (Syria) v SSHD [2008] EWCA (role of experts in AIT).

Administrative and Public Law

Nick’s judicial review practice is Claimant-based and involves challenges to decisions by the IPCC, the Home Office and police forces.

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