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:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport & The Cabinet Office v Information Commissioner EA/2018/0120 & EA/2018/0121 

Instructed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in its appeal against the decision of the ICO to direct that correspondence between it and the Cabinet Office leading up the change of name of DCMS should be disclosed pursuant to an FOI request.

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.