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Martin has a wide commercial practice. He has a particular interest in high value disputes involving financial mis-selling and also in pension and trust disputes.

Martin regularly acts in insurance disputes. He also has a number of large public authority client disputes which he advises in respect of pension matters and matters of procurement.

He is dually qualified as a solicitor and barrister.


Martin’s experience includes:

  • Acting for a large multi-national Belgian company in respect of an action for a Contribution Notice in the sum of £23 million brought against it by the Pensions Regulator (Pensions Regulator v Michel Van de Wiele NV – [2011] All ER (D) 138 (Feb);
  • Acting for a group of Claimants in a multi-million dispute with an international financial institution arising from advice in respect of their Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) arrangements;
  • Assisting a local authority pension scheme in its group action against a UK bank for a breach of
  • Acting for insurance brokers in the interpretation of an indemnity under a Directors & Officers (D&O) Policy;
  • section 91 of the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) 2000 in a multi-million pound action;
  • Following the Lehman collapse in 2009, acting for a local authority pension scheme in a claim against its advisers in respect of a Forward Foreign Exchange (FFX) contract;
  • Acting for a Claimant Commissioning Group (CCG) in an application to lift the suspensory effect of a claim against it pursuant to section 47 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006;
  • Acting for beneficiaries under a trust in multi-party proceedings alleging breaches of trustees’ duties in respect of their investment powers;
  • Acting for the tax-payer in a multi-million pound dispute with HM Revenue & Customs as regards the interpretation of Extra-Statutory Commission (ESC) D33 and Zim Properties v Proctor;
  • Acting for a group of Claimants in respect of claims against UK bank for the misselling of interest rate swaps;
  • Acting for the insured in respect of the declinature of insurance cover following a fire.
  • Acting on behalf of a retired teacher and member of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme in the defence of a claim brought by Teachers’ Pensions for the repayment of monies (Webber v Department for Education [2014] EWHC 4240 (Ch);  [2015] WLR (D) 14

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