Martin Forde QC has a practice which covers all aspects of Health Law. He appears regularly in all the Regulatory and Disciplinary tribunals predominantly for practitioners including doctors, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and optometrists.
In 2021 and 2020, the Powerlist named Martin as one of the most influential people for their impact on Politics, Law & Religion. He was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 lawyers of 2019. In June 2020, Counsel Magazine interviewed Martin about Windrush, citizenship and diversity at the Bar as their front cover feature (here).
He has acted for the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. He has appeared in a number of major cases in the Privy Council and has been involved in medical related judicial review hearings in the Administrative Court as well as judicial review hearings involving mental health and immigration issues.
His clinical negligence and personal injury practice is exclusively undertaken in the High Court involving injuries of maximum severity.
His experience of Inquests is extensive particularly in cases involving a mental health element.
He has appeared on many occasions in the Employment Tribunal acting for NHS Trusts and medical practitioners. He has appeared in HC (90) 9 proceedings, internal Trust and PCT hearings and has an extensive FHSAA practice.
He has been recognised as a band 1 practitioner by Chambers & Partners since 2010. He was the Independent Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Scheme (2018 – 2021). Recently, Martin succeeded in a legal first for a freedom of speech claim.
The Forde Inquiry
Martin has been appointed to undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances and contents of a report into antisemitism within the Labour Party by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. Further information can be found here and both evidence and queries can be emailed directly using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notable cases include:
- The Forde Inquiry (2020)
- Windrush Compensation scheme (2018-2021)
- Dr Michael Jonathan Fish v GMC  EWHC 1269 (Admin)
- R (on the application of X) v GMC  EWHC 3271 (Admin)
- Dr Casey v GMC NIQB 95
- Negin Shamsian v GMC  EWHC 2885 (Admin)
- Azzam v The General Medical Council  EWHC 2711 (Admin)
- R (on the application of Anderson & Ors) v HM Coroner for Inner North Greater London LTL 3/12/2004 “The Roger Sylvester Inquest.”
- Preiss v General Dental Council – Privy Council 2001 HRLR56 2001 Lloyd’s Rep Med 491
- Bainton v General Dental Council Privy Council Times October 17 2000
- Bhanot v South West London St Georges NHS Trust 2000 Lloyds Rep Medical 324
- Dr Emmanuel Dibua Nwabueze v General Medical Council (2000)
Martin Forde QC appointed as co-chair to oversee a review of the Dr Manjula Arora case - Jun 2022
All-Party Report into Sickle Cell Care Published Today - Nov 2021
Martin Forde QC hands over to Prof. Martin Levermore, the new Windrush independent adviser - Apr 2021
Martin Forde QC represents family of Evan Smith - Apr 2021
Inquest into the death of pregnant Nurse from COVID-19 begins - Mar 2021
Martin Forde QC features on the Power List 2021 - Nov 2020
Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2020 “Forward Thinking: The Bar of the Future” featuring Martin Forde QC - Nov 2020
Martin Forde QC recognised in Oxford BHM 100 list - Oct 2020
Brasenose College Principal’s Conversations: Annual Equality Conversation - Oct 2020
Martin Forde QC discusses the death of a transport worker from COVID-19 on BBC One Panorama - Oct 2020
LawPod UK Ep. 117: Systemic Racial Inequality, Windrush and the Bar with Martin Forde QC - Jun 2020
Martin Forde QC featured in June Issue of Counsel Magazine - May 2020
Martin Forde QC appointed to chair Labour’s investigation into leaked report - May 2020
Martin Forde QC speaks on HRLA panel ‘Windrush and the Hostile Environment’ - Sep 2019
Martin Forde QC gives keynote address on the Windrush Compensation Scheme - Mar 2019
1COR hitting the headlines with Martin Forde QC, Jeremy Hyam QC and Matthew Hill featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2019 - Jan 2019
Martin Forde QC provides an update on the Windrush Compensation Scheme - Dec 2018
Martin Forde QC gives interview about Windrush Compensation Scheme - Oct 2018
Martin Forde QC invited to speak at the Intensive Care Society Legal & Ethical Seminar 2018 - Sep 2018
Martin Forde QC meets Lloyd Grant in the BBC Radio 4’s ‘Weathering Windrush’ - Jul 2018
Martin Forde QC featured in The Guardian as Independent Person to the Windrush compensation scheme - Jun 2018
Martin Forde QC appointed Independent Person to the Windrush compensation scheme - May 2018
Martin Forde QC and Sydney Chawatama instructed in the inquest into death of a woman after termination of pregnancy - Apr 2018
Martin Forde QC in significant appeal on dishonesty in professional regulation - Dec 2017
1COR Annual Professional Discipline Seminar - Jun 2017
Martin Forde QC – Thinking of a future judicial appointment? - Dec 2016
Double Win In 2016 Chambers & Partners Awards - Oct 2016
Martin Forde QC represents celebrity barrister - Oct 2016
Martin Forde QC is reappointed to the Judicial Appointments Commission - Feb 2015
Martin Forde QC in a series of successful High Court challenges to GMC decisions - May 2012
Martin Forde QC appointed as Judicial Appointments Commissioner - Feb 2012
Robert Seabrook QC and Martin Forde QC in 7-day Health & Safety case - Nov 2011
Martin Forde QC secures Appeal victories for two doctors in two weeks - Nov 2011
Martin Forde QC secures not proven decision from GMC Fitness to Practise for Consultant Anaesthetist - Sep 2011
Former BMA chair James Johnson cleared of misconduct by GMC - Dec 2010