5 Essex Court

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Information Law

Russell has a wealth of advisory and litigation experience in Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and police retention of records.  Examples include:

Horsfield v ICO and Department for Work and Pensions (2018) EA/2018/0068

Instructed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in an ongoing appeal relating to a Freedom of Information Act request for disclosure of the direct dial details of the Permanent Secretary of the DWP.

Blowe v (1) ICO (2) Home Office (3) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (2018) EA/2016/0297

Instructed by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in an ongoing appeal relating to a Freedom of Information Act request for disclosure of the number of ant-fracking protesters referred under the anti-terrorism Prevent Channel Programme.  GMP refused the request on the grounds of national security.

Lotz v ICO and Department for Work and Pension (2017) EA/2016/0150

Instructed by the Department for Work and Pensions in an appeal relating to a Freedom of Information Act request for disclosure of categories of email senders and recipients sent to/from the direct email address of the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Re:  Retention of ANPR material (2016)

Instructed to advise a police force in relation to Data Protection Act and other issues arising from the retention and use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition data.

GC v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and Home Office (2015)

Instructed by the Metropolitan Police in a judicial review action concerning a challenge to the lawfulness of the retention of DNA and photographs of arrested/convicted persons.

Cooksey v ICO and Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (2010) EA/2010/0113

Instructed by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in an appeal relating to a Freedom of Information Act request for disclosure of details of documents compiled during the course of a murder inquiry.  The GMP refused to disclose the information on the grounds that the cost of complying with the request exceeded the appropriate level.

Various Claimants v Ministry of Justice (2010)

Instructed by the Ministry of Justice in a number of claims for damages under the Data Protection Act arising out of the loss of a data stick containing confidential information about prisoners.