5 Essex Court

Russell Fortt

Call 1999


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.

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 has been involved in numerous inquests in which he has been instructed by the employer of healthcare professionals whose conduct was alleged to have fallen below an acceptable standard.

He has also been instructed by MoJ in numerous prison inquests where healthcare provision was under scrutiny and where the medical staff were represented separately.

Lastly, Russell has been instructed in a number of civil actions in which negligence has been alleged against healthcare professionals. He has also in the past acted as legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in disciplinary proceedings.