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Rudi Fortson QC is an independent practising Barrister since 1976, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He took silk in 2010.  He is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.  [Note that Rudi Fortson QC does not offer professional services under the ‘direct access’ scheme.   Any professional enquiries and instructions must be received via his chambers at 25 Bedford Row, London (which operates a regulated complaints procedure  [link])].    

Fortson is noted for his work in relation to serious crime, including fraud, confiscation, asset-recovery, money-laundering, drug law.  He has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of issues relating to the criminal law (as it applies in the UK and in the EU).  Among other publications, he is a contributing author (two chapters) to Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, and he regularly writes for Criminal Law Review.

Fortson served on the “Runciman” Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act, and he was a member of the Criminal Justice Forum for the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Fortson has attended ‘experts meetings’ at the European Commission in Brussels. His work on behalf of the Bar Council of England and Wales in relation to Justice and Home Affairs Issues at EU Level forms part of written evidence that is appended to the Third Report (Session 2006-07) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
Fortson was a member of a “Task Force” jointly set up by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on the Future of EU, UK and US Cooperation in Criminal Justice and Police Cooperation (see its 2018 Report on the potential implications of ‘Brexit’ [Link])
Fortson spoke in Paris (May 2019) on the question “Brexit and Criminal Justice: Will pragmatism prevail over politics?[Link]

Rudi Fortson was a consultant to the Law Commission for England and Wales in respect of its firearms project [link], and more recently (2018-2019) in respect of its Anti-Money Laundering project [link].  For a copy of the Law Commission Report entitled “Anti-money laundering: the SARs regime” see  [Link]. 

Rudi Fortson was a participant at the Academy of European Law (ERA) Conference on “Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services in the EU” (Trier, Germany, 15th-16th November 2018).

Rudi Fortson has participated in many events on behalf of Queen Mary University of London including, at Renmin University, Beijing (2015; Bribery and Corruption), at Cape Town University (2016; transnational crime), and in Toronto (2017).  He delivered the keynote address at the Fourth Queen Mary-Renmin Criminal Justice Conference (Transnational Crime, London, December 2016).  He spoke to a paper entitled English law and Cybercrime” at the Renmin Conference (Beijing, 13th-14th October 2017).   

At the invitation of The Global Drugs Commission, Fortson discussed “UK Drug Laws” (West Africa Civil Society Institute, Accra, Ghana; 19th-20th September 2017). 

As part of a 3 day colloquium ‘SIGINT Intelligence Transnational Activities and National Security in France and Europe: Transnationalisation, Oversight and the Role of Courts’ (Paris, 26 Sept 2018), Fortson spoke on the issue ‘Interrogating the Right to Privacy and the Limits of Surveillance’.

Rudi Fortson is a member of the Criminal Bar Association (England and Wales), the Forensic Science Society (Great Britain), the British Academy of Forensic Science, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, and the Financial Services Lawyers Association.

For a commentary on Ivey v Genting Casinos, see “Making Dishonesty Fit the Crime” (2018, SSRN Library).[Link]
Fortson has revised his papers on ‘Setting up a Drug Consumption Room: Legal Issues (UK)‘ (2017) [Link].  See also “Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms” (May 2018) [Link].

For a novel perspective on the drugs trade and the environment, see “Silent victims—the damaging impact of the UK drug trade on the environment” (R. Fortson) – an interview by Samantha Gilbert (originally published on LexisLibrary and LexisPSL) [Link].

See Rudi Fortson’s blog (side bar) for topical matters concerning the criminal law and justice.  For summaries of certain judicial decisions, and alerts, see the “Legal Developments” menu.