Paul Stagg

Call: 1994
Senior (10+ yrs call)

"A composed advocate with the ability to get to the nub of a case from the outset". "Instructed in high-profile police law cases".
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Paul has extensive experience of civil jury, tribunal and appellate advocacy as well as cases tried by judges alone.  His principle areas of practice are as follows:

- Clinical negligence: Paul is regularly instructed to deal with medium and high value clinical negligence claims, mainly acting on behalf of the NHS and the Medical Defence Union.  His recent instructions span the whole spectrum of clinical negligence claims, including neurosurgery and spinal surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology, oncology, colorectal surgery, podiatry, cosmetic surgery, general practice and mental health.  He recently appeared in Brayshaw v Partners of Apsley Surgery, where he successfully resisted the imposition of vicarious liability on surgery partners for the conduct of a locum GP who, away from the surgery, immersed a vulnerable patient in his religious beliefs.

- Claims against local authorities: Paul deals with civil litigation against local authorities in relation to all sorts of powers.  His main body of work in this area currently relates to claims brought by victims of childhood abuse and neglect who allege that social services authorities should have removed them from the source of harm earlier.  With Lord Faulks QC and Katie Ayres, he appeared in the landlord Supreme Court decision of CN v Poole Borough Council where the Supreme Court ruled that no duty of care would commonly be owed.  He also deals regularly with claims involving vulnerable adults.

- Claims against police forces: Paul continues to act for the Metropolitan Police and a number of other police forces countrywide, dealing with a variety of police malfeasance work, frequently with human rights elements.  He has recently assisted in the successful resistance of a claim brought by a young woman who sued for damages following a suicide attempt caused, she alleged, by the way she had been treated by police.  He also advises in relation to policy and practice issues, police pensions and deals with civil crime prevention orders.  He currently has an appeal pending to the Administrative Court in relation to an unsuccessful application to the Magistrates’ Court for permission to destroy a large cache of firearms.

- Public law: Paul is regularly instructed in relation to judicial review litigation and statutory appeals, particularly in relation to social security, community care and education disputes.

- Personal injury work: Paul represents claimants and all types of defendant, including public bodies and charities, in relation to general employer’s liability and public liability litigation.  He has a particular expertise in abuse-related work and asbestos-related disease.

- Inquests: Paul acts on behalf of police forces, local authorities and other bodies arising out of controversial deaths.  He is currently acting on behalf of a local authority in relation to the inquest into the death of a child killed by his father, and a police force in relation to the death of a drug-addicted young woman whose family believe was the victim of foul play and allege an inadequate police investigation.

Paul also has knowledge of and formerly practiced in other areas, including property, landlord and tenant and housing law.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2022

Police Law - Leading Juniors - Tier 2 - ‘An expert in his field.’

Personal Injury - Leading Juniors - Tier 3 - ‘Technically excellent and always provides good insight into claims. ’

Has a brain the size of a planet and clients appreciate how intelligently claims are approached. His paperwork is meticulous and detailed and he is also a very forceful and persuasive advocate.

Clinical Negligence - Leading Juniors Tier 4 - ‘Has a brain the size of a planet and clients appreciate how intelligently claims are approached. His paperwork is meticulous and detailed and he is also a very forceful and persuasive advocate.’

An impressive barrister who delivers timely and pragmatic advice with an element of realism.

Chambers & Partners 2022

Police Law (Juniors) Band 2

Paul Stagg specialises in the defence of human rights claims concerning the police's failure to investigate, and cases involving death and injury during police contact. His practice also covers compensation claims for misfeasance and trespass.

"A silk in waiting. He knows police law inside out and is a very experienced barrister."

Recent work: Acted for the Metropolitan Police in an application to destroy firearms seized under the Firearms Act 1968, and resisting a cross-application for the return of firearms.

Personal Injury (Juniors) Band 2

Demonstrates notable skill in catastrophic personal injury cases, particularly those containing state care or EL/PL elements. He acts for both sides in litigation and has extensive experience in defendant-side historic sexual abuse cases, particularly those involving complex arguments considering the scope of local authorities' duties of care. He has also handles RTA and workplace accident cases.

"He is excellent on Human Rights Act and Equality Act claims and gives very forensic legal advice. A very good advocate." "Very user-friendly - he provides robust and sensible advice to clients."

Recent work: Acted in a case concerning allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a residential school managed by the defendant council.

Clinical Negligence (Juniors) Band 4

Paul Stagg is a well-regarded barrister who handles a wide selection of matters for both claimants and defendants. He is noted for his expertise relating to vicarious liability. He has worked on cases spanning numerous areas of medicine, including obstetrics, neurosurgery, gynaecology and oncology.

"He is very thorough and good at managing clients and complex cases."

Recent work: Instructed in S v Royal Free London Trust, a claim based on an alleged lack of informed consent in relation to a live donor kidney transplant procedure.

  • Administrative Law Bar Association

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


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