Martin Forshaw, Partner, Weightmans
Martin has been working with organisations in the public sector over the last 20 years on information law issues primary in a claims environment.
He has particular expertise in the claims brought in the following areas – the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”), article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to private and family life), the common law of confidence, defamation and the misuse of private information.
Martin has handled a number of claims on behalf of NHS bodies who have been challenged in relation to the accuracy of patient records, the sharing of information with other departments, the sharing of patient information with third parties including other health care professionals, social services and the police, the loss of data, the contents of appraisals and references and the accessing and sharing of information by staff.
Martin acted on behalf of the defendant trusts in the following reported cases:
Akinleye v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust  EWHC 68 (QB) where summary judgement was obtained on a privilege defence to a claim on reports by the defendants to other trusts and to the public concerning the claimant’s work as a locum cardio technician.
Jackson v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,  EWHC 3954 (QB) where summary judgment was obtained for the Trust in respect of claims brought by the claimant for breaches of data protection and defamation.