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Martin Forde QC

Call:  1984 
QC: 2006


Martin Forde 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.

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.


Clinical Negligence

"He leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of the best outcome for his clients." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

“He's very personable and he has an excellent way with the lay client."  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"He was exceptional …very knowledgeable and understanding of my situation”  (Chambers and Partner 2015)

"He is absolutely lovely. Very reassuring and realistic." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

He comes highly recommended as does Martin Forde QC, who has a broad practice and impressive experience in maximum severity claims. (Chambers and Partners 2013)

Has a “great reputation in this field.”  He is a “very smooth operator” with experience of handling maximum severity cases. (Chambers and Partners 2012)

Martin Forde wins through as he is a "committed, astute and personable operator who is always on top of his brief." (Chambers and Partners 2011)

Martin Forde QC is another name on the roster of highly thought-of silks at this set. Solicitors are pleased with his "steadfast defence of their clients' interests." He impresses. (Chambers and Partner 2010)

Professional Discipline

“He has a very smooth and persuasive oral advocacy style and is a very tough opponent.” "A clear and straightforward advocate with very good judgement as to how to pitch a case and what arguments to run with." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

"He's an extremely experienced and classy barrister. He can make unpalatable arguments seem attractive."  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“Extremely impressive”  (Legal 500 2015)

"He is very impressive, especially when you need a QC in a high-profile case." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

Martin Forde QC has long been a leader in the field of professional discipline, and is known to be "forceful, forthright and clear" and an "exceptionally safe pair of hands." He has extensive experience of representing doctors before the GMC, and is noted for the rapport he develops with members of the medical profession. Commentators particularly applaud him for the quality of his advocacy. (Chambers and Partners 2013)

He is lauded as a “robust” advocate who “will fight every reasonable angle for his client.” (Chambers and Partners 2012)

Martin Forde QC has a reputation as a "charming and extremely capable advocate," who always takes a sensible and realistic approach to disciplinary cases. (Chambers and Partners 2011)

Martin Forde QC is the counsel of choice for highly contentious cases. Sources report that "he fights to the end for his clients' best interests."  (Chambers and Partners 2010)


BA Oxford


Judicial Appointments Commissioner 2012

Chair Bar Council Progression and Access Committee 2011

Recorder of the Crown Court 2009

South Eastern Circuit Diversity Mentor 2009

Chair South Eastern Circuit Minorities Committee 2009

Member of Bar Council Pupillage Award Waiver Committee 2003 – present

Co-opted Member of the Bar Council 1994

Significant cases include the following

Dr Michael Jonathan Fish v GMC [2012] EWHC 1269 (Admin)

R (on the application of X) v GMC [2011] EWHC 3271 (Admin)

Dr Casey v GMC NIQB 95

Negin Shamsian v GMC [2011] EWHC 2885 (Admin)

Azzam v The General Medical Council [2008] 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)

Other information

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