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Paul Stagg

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of Simon Readhead QC)


Barrister specialising in general civil common law, representing both claimants and defendants. Extensive experience in civil claims against local authorities and the police, and in social security and community care law. Also has particular expertise in inquests and inquiries, asbestos-related disease, employer’s liability (Warwickshire fire cases) and occupier’s liability (Hufton v Somerset CC [2011]), claims against highways authorities and catastrophic injury cases (eg Peters v East Midlands SHA [2009]). Advised and represented police forces and their insurers in a variety of litigation on topics as diverse as fatal shootings (Ashley v CC Sussex [2008], Mervin Tussler and Michael Fitzpatrick inquests), deaths in custody (Christopher Allen inquest), search warrants, RIPA authorisations, retention of DNA evidence, cautions (R (Chaturvedi) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2012], R (D) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2007]) and police bail (R (Torres) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2007]), as well as civil claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution etc (eg Adrian v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2011]). Advises local authorities and their insurers regarding community care functions, particularly charging; housing benefit; education disputes (Rowe v Kingston-upon-Hull CC [2003], R (M-P) v Barking and Dagenham LBC [2003]); constitutional matters relating to functions (Ryan v Shropshire CC [2012]); and social services functions (Douce v Staffordshire CC [2002]; Lambert v Cardiff CC [2007]). Long-standing expertise in social security law, with some two dozen reported cases in the field (eg R (McGrath) v SSWP [2012], Murdoch v DWP [2011], SSWP v W [2005], Campbell v S Northamptonshire DC [2004]) in which he advises and represents claimants, landlords and local authorities. Many of his cases involving public authorities have human rights elements. Also practises in personal insolvency (involved in the first leading case relating to debt relief orders, R (Cooper) v SSWP [2011]), housing, landlord and tenant, and professional negligence, particularly relating to solicitors (eg Mason v Richard Freeman & Co [2010]).


Called 1994; Gray’s Inn; former adviser and now mentor at Waterloo Legal Advice Service; also carries out pro bono work through FRU and the Bar Pro Bono Unit; former member of the LSC’s Special Cases Unit appeal panel.  Publications: Kemp and Kemp, ‘The Quantum of Damages’ (Sweet and Maxwell, contributor); Facts & Figures (Sweet and Maxwell, contributor); ‘CPAG’s Housing Benefit and Council Tax Legislation (CPAG, former editor); ‘Overpayments and Recovery of Social Security Benefits’ (LAG, author).


PIBA; PNBA; Administrative Law Bar Association; Social Security Legal Practitioners’ Group; Registered under the Public Access Scheme.


Kings School, Grantham; University of Warwick (1993 LLB Hons).


Sport, especially football; music of all kinds; travel.

London Bar

Clinical negligence

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Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneHe is extremely precise, robust and intelligent.

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Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneInstructed by the Met in challenging cases.

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