5 Essex Court

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

“Excellent grasp on the interpretation of very complex law” with “superior cross-examination skills and is impressive in terms of his oral submissions”
Chambers UK

Russell is recognised as a leading junior specialising in police law. He has represented most of the police forces in England and Wales in all aspects of civil law, including assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, misfeasance, disclosure, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act issues and judicial review actions.

Russell has a very considerable inquest practice, including lengthy and complex cases involving deaths in custody and firearms operations. He also has extensive experience of advisory work on all aspects of police powers including both policy and operational issues. He has also represented the Presenting Officer in numerous police disciplinary proceedings and acted as legal advisor to panels at misconduct hearings.  His practice also includes significant work for the Prison Service which has a substantial crossover with his police practice, particularly in relation to claims by prisoners for injuries received during control and restraint, claims arising from deaths in custody (including actual and attempted suicide) and claims by prison officers who suffer personal injury during control and restraint training.

In addition to his police work, Russell also has an extensive practice in Public/Administrative Law acting for many Government Departments and agencies in judicial review and civil actions. His areas of work include immigration and asylum, human rights, inquests and public inquiries. 

Russell’s practice predominantly involves work in the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

Russell is currently on the A panel of the Attorney General’s list of counsel. Russell provides training to solicitors on all aspects of his practice. He has lectured extensively to police forces and solicitors, on a wide range of topics including: Proceeds of Crime Act; Football Banning Orders; Hunting Act 2005; Police Disciplinary Tribunals and judicial review actions.