Nick Stanage > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Since 1997 Nick Stanage has specialised in actions and complaints against the police, inquests, public inquiries, human rights and judicial review. For the UN he advises governments, judiciaries, prosecution and police services on criminal justice, fair trial rights and human rights. Fluent in French and Spanish, he has been instructed to work as an independent legal expert in 17 countries from Colombia to Cambodia.

Nick Stanage is public access qualified and authorised to litigate. You can instruct him to take all necessary steps in litigation and at hearing or trial without the need for a solicitor.


Year of Call: 1997

He sits as an Assistant Coroner and as a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Hearings. He is a consultant to the UN Institute of Training and Research, and is on the UN Experts Roster for Rapid Response. He was shortlisted to be the member for Western Europe on the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Nick is a deployable civilian expert and criminal justice advisor to the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. He lectures at professional and judicial conferences in the UK and abroad.




Police Actions Lawyers Group


St Andrews University, MA (Hons), First Class.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Police law (claimant)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Nick Stanage – Doughty Street ChambersNick is very strategic as a barrister. He quickly comes to a conclusion on the issues and plans a way forward.’ 

Doughty Street ChambersNicholas Bowen KC , who handles high-profile cases at first instance and on appeal, is instructed in a case by the former owner of London Fields Brewery, which was said to have been destroyed by HM Revenue and Customs out of revenge for a perceived lenient sentence the business owner received for cocaine trafficking, with it being alleged that the Revenue deliberately misled a judge. Several members of the ‘wide range of experienced counsel’ represent core participants in the ongoing high-profile Undercover Policing Inquiry, including ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ junior Fiona Murphy. ‘Strategic‘ barrister Nick Stanage has a strong track record in high profile claims against the police such as two high value High Court claims relating to human rights violations within policing in 2021.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Nick StanageDoughty Street ChambersOne of the most eloquent members of the Bar. He gets the Inquiry absolutely gripped by the power of his submissions, and he creates and delivers a perfectly pitched narrative for every client.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Nick StanageDoughty Street Chambers ‘Nick is very strategic as a barrister. He quickly comes to a conclusion on the issues and plans a way forward.’   

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Nick StanageDoughty Street Chambers