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Adam is an experienced human rights and public lawyer with a strong civil law background. He has acted at all levels including in the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

He has extensive expertise in public law, human rights, prison law, immigration and asylum, inquests, medical law, mental health law, and actions against the police. He has acted in five major public inquiries.

Adam is well-known for his human rights advocacy work. He founded both the multi-award winning human rights charity RightsInfo and the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog, and is a sought after legal commentator on social media (@adamwagner1), television and radio.

He regularly lectures to audiences of all levels of expertise and has given evidence to a number of parliamentary committees. He has been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission B Panel. 

In 2015, Adam won the Plain English Campaign’s Communicator award for his work on RightsInfo and in the same year was shortlisted for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the Liberty Awards.


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Columbia University – MA, Political Science, Pass 
Oxford University, St Annes College – Politics, Philosophy and Economics, BA & MA Oxon, 1st Class Hons.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

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Adam Wagner

Doughty Street Chambers

A great legal mind who puts a lot of time into his material and gets very good results.’

Doughty Street Chambers is known for its ‘excellence in bringing claims against the police and in the inquest field’ and has vast expertise in immigration, extradition, and claims against the state. Recent instructions of note for members include Heather Williams QC representing clients in McGlone & Others v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, which concerns the role of the police in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. She has also been instrumental in the Undercover Police Inquiry, undertaking considerable advisory work for the core participants which include Neville Lawrence and six victims of deceptive sexual relationships initiated by undercover officers. Edward Fitzgerald QC is acting for Maha El Gizouli, the mother of one of the ‘IS Beatles’, El Shafee Elsheikh, in her application for a judicial review into the Home Secretary’s decision to cooperate with the US authorities and assurances that her son won’t be subject to the death penalty. Others members of note include Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, who acted for Just for Kids Law in a test case concerning the use of children as ‘covert human intelligence sources’ by the police in R (Just for Kids Law) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentStephen Cragg QC who acted in Miah v Independent Police Complaint Commission challenging the use of illegal stops at Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act 2010; and ‘standout junior’ Adam Wagner who acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in AB, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice regarding the prolonged detention of a minor in solitary confinement.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)

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Adam Wagner

Doughty Street Chambers

He represents various claimants and is particularly good at explaining complex points of law in a straightforward and convincing manner.