Specialisms & expertise
- Court of Protection
- Panel Deputy
- Wills, trusts and estate planning
- Elderly client advice
Client stories & examples of work
- Acting as deputy for a wide range of individuals, from severely brain damaged adults and children to older clients living at home or in long term care.
- As a panel deputy, being appointed by the Court of Protection to act in cases where there is on else able to act, often where there has been family conflict or financial abuse.
- Acting for parties in Court of Protection proceedings, including contentious and complex statutory will applications and disputes over powers of attorney and appointment of deputies. He also acted as litigation friend in the High Court in the landmark case of Re P  EWHC 163 (Ch) which redefined the law on the making of statutory wills under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- Acting for claimants and defendants in complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases where the claimant lacks capacity as a professional expert on the role of a deputy and the costs involved.
- Acting for families and carers in their own dealings with disabled or elderly relatives and making provision for them through gifts, wills and trusts.
Achievements & other appointments
Martin is recognised in The Legal 500 2015 as an elite leading lawyer and Chambers UK 2015 as a leader in his field where he is described as “a real leader on Court of Protection matters". Martin has lectured and written extensively on Court of Protection and elderly client matters. He is the author of ‘A Practitioner's Guide to the Court of Protection' (Tottel, 3rd edition, May 2009) and a joint editor and contributor to the Law Society's Elderly Client Handbook (2010); he also contributes currently to Finance & Law for the Older Client (LexisNexis), Court of Protection Practice (Jordans) and Elderly Clients Precedent Manual (Jordans, 2013).
Martin has lectured extensively on the Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection practice procedure. He has lectured at conferences for Central Law Training, Jordans, LexisNexis, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
Martin is a member of STEP and SFE. He is also a member of the Court of Protection User Group (and its predecessor, the Professional Receivers Forum, since 2003), and in 2014 assisted with the Public Guardian Stakeholder Review of Deputy Supervision. He was a finalist in the Vulnerable Client Adviser of the Year Category for the STEP Private Client Awards 2015.
Martin read law at Durham University and qualified in 1991. He worked for a specialist personal injury firm in London and was a partner in a private client practice in East Sussex, before joining Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2008.