I am a partner in the employment law team and represent both individuals and employers, but specialise in acting for professionals such as public company directors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, accountants, MDs in investments banks, private equity principals and tech entrepreneurs, both as individuals leaving old employers and setting up or joining new enterprises. I advise senior individuals on new employment contracts and joining LLPs.
On the employer side my expertise covers the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing. My varied employer client base includes professional services firms, hedge funds, publishers, marketing agencies, charities, fitness studios and medical practices.
I represent clients in all types of employment related disputes, involving matters like whistleblowing, discrimination, bonus claims, harassment, TUPE, High Court injunctions and unfair dismissal.
What is your most interesting legal experience?
My most interesting legal experience was acting for one of the Smiths. I was the London agent for Mike Joyce’s Manchester solicitor in November 1998 when the Smiths’ drummer went up against Morrissey in the Court of Appeal.
What is your best legal anecdote?
A nervous trainee solicitor in her first month in the job was sent before a Bankruptcy Registrar to have proceedings discharged after a dispute settled. She totally froze, nodded when she should have said “no”, and as a result the registrar made her senior partner’s best friend bankrupt. It took a little bit of explaining to sort out.
Kingsley Napley, Senior Solicitor
DLA Piper, Associate
Campbell Hooper (now Charles Russell Speechly), Solicitor
Leicester University, LL.M Law and Employment Relations
Sharpe Pritchard, Trainee and Assistant Solicitor
College of Law, York, GDL and LPC
University of Oxford, Trinity College, MA Modern History
The Legal 500 - recommended lawyer in 2016 and 2017 for Employment.
"Martin’s unfailing pragmatism and good advice was based clearly upon experience and expert knowledge; has delivered for our company the clean result we had hoped for in a very timely manner. When a failing in process or poor advice could endanger the desired outcome, the type and style of advice from Martin has never disappointed. His openness and availability, even on Christmas Eve, never wavered." - Director of a professional services consultancy
"Martin's advice was expert and patient. He was sensitive to our lack of experience in creating employee contracts and was completely aware of all of the potential pitfalls that we needed to guard against as a business. He worked with us to produce a contract that suited our individual needs and satisfied all legal criteria. A process that I had personally been dreading was made mercifully painless and straightforward. I found Martin to be readily available and always willing to discuss any concerns that I may have had." - Managing Director of a creative agency
Employment Lawyers Association
Industrial Law Society
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
The Westminster and Holborn Law Society