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Russell Fortt

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant
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Russell Fortt
Defends the police against civil claims in relation to deaths in custody, the retention of information, and false imprisonment.
Strengths: "He was very well prepared and displayed good attention to detail. He was also highly skilled in court, and very good in his interactions with the judge and the claimant on the other side." "Very collaborative – he treats it as a team effort."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Northumbria in a judicial review challenging the PAT's decision to reinstate an officer who was dismissed for using racist language.
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Police law, inquests, inquiries, public and administrative law, human rights, personal injury, clinical negligence, immigration and FOI. advice on mail intercept for the NCA, drafting submission in relation to a threatened JR in the Lord Janner matter, acting for the Prison Service in a claim brought by the killer of Drummer Rigby and drafting grounds for the Mental Health Tribunal in a judicial review brought by Ian Brady. Cases of note include: Jones v Ministry of Defence [2020] EWHC 1603 (QB), Jackson & Sanderson v Chief Constable of Northumbria [2020] 6 WLUK 74, Chief Constable of Kent v Godfrey [2019] EWHC 3005 (QB), Chief Constable of Northumbria v Police Appeals Tribunal & Barratt [2019] EWHC 3352 (Admin), Sandhu v Chief Constable of West Midlands [2019] EWHC 3316 (Admin), Coghlan v  Director General of the National Crime Agency & Others [2018] EWHC 34 (QB), Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v IPCC, Harrington and Demetrio [2015] EWCA Civ 1248, ​Hicks & Others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2012] EWHC 1947 (Admin), Perinpanathan v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2010] EWCA Civ 40, Blackmore v DCLG [2017] EWCA Civ 1136, KM v SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 437, VH v SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 1012, FA v SSHD EWCA Civ 763 and The Billy Wright Inquiry (2007-2010).

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Civil Service. Called 1999. AG’s ‘A’ Panel 2018

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