Call Date: 1994

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Martin is a leading Junior. He is ranked in the Legal 500 2018 with the following comments:

"He can absorb and understand vast amounts of complex material and explain it to a jury".

He is recognised in the 2018/19 edition of Chambers & Partners directory in the area of Financial Crime and is the only member of Farringdon Chambers to be included.

"Accomplished Junior with a strong track record of defending in financial crime cases. He is esteemed for his ability in cases of fraud, money laundering and serious organised crime"

"He is brilliant on the law and has a superb cross examination technique"

He is instructed in the most substantial and complex cases of fraud, drugs, corruption, money laundering, People Trafficking and all aspects of organised crime. Martin has extensive experience of Serious Fraud and related Confiscation proceedings. He has advised and appeared in complex contested cases in the Crown Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He is used to working with substantial amounts of paperwork and is computer literate.

Martin is particularly experienced in cases involving experts in cell site, computers, telephone, accountancy and other such evidence

In the last few years Martin has developed a niche practice in appeals against costs decisions and has been reported in decisions of costs Judges, the High Court and the VHCC appeals committee where he has been unusually successful in taking points of principle. Martin has substantial experience of VHCC cases. Martin is an Independent Costs Adjudicator (formerly known as a member of the LSC VHCC appeals committee). He is a former elected member of the Criminal Bar Association executive. Martin is registered to give lectures to Solicitors and the the Bar in Costs and costs appeals.


Martin has been instructed in a number of serious cases in recent years but as a guide, the following cases reflect the type of work Martin undertakes:-

Fraud/money laundering

R v S - multi-million pound international fraud - Prosecuted by QC and junior. 15 defendants. 3months at Southwark CC

R v S - multi-defendant parcel fraud - 4 weeks Blackfriars

R v M - leading junior must-defendant mortgage fraud/money laundering.

R v M - multi-defendant money laundering - 3 weeks Canterbury

R v M - multi-defendant fraud and money laundering - leading Junior - 2.5 months Southwark

R v S - currently retained to advise in a multi jurisdiction computer phishing fraud

R v M - 10 week money laundering/fraud

R v W - retained to advise at pre charge restraint stage in International fraud and money laundering

R v G - currently acting as sole junior in fraud/money laundering likely to last 2 months Kingston CC

R v C - Leading junior in a diamond boiler room fraud Southwark CC

R v D - major money lending and blackmail case at Wood Green CC

R v H - Huge courier fraud - Leeds CC

R v H - substantial courier fraud - Worcester CC


R v D - sole junior organised crime group importing and onward selling Class B - Lincoln CC

R v P - leading junior Stafford CC - Organised Crime group - acted for lead defendant

R v M - Sole junior Birmingham CC - acted for lead defendant in substantial multi defendant Class A organised crime group

R v X - two drugs conspiracies involving in excess of 20 defendants in all - split trials in Nottingham and Bristol

R v K - currently retained to advise on restraint and act for lead defendant in substantial telephone based drugs investigation involving multiple defendants - Peterborough CC

R v B - currently acting for one of the main defendants in a multi defendant organised crime drugs case


People trafficking/Modern Slavery

R v M - leading junior 10 weeks slavery Newcastle CC

R v C - leading junior. Case lasted over 4 months Prosecuted by QC and two juniors. Birmingham CC

R v H - leading junior people trafficking.


Reported cases

Lord Chancellor v McCarthy - High Court "friendly appeal" against the costs Judge's decision to categorise a case from an A to a B in graduated fee case resulting in decision being overturned in our favour..

R v Smith (Henry Lee) [2007] Crim.L.R 325 (Archbold 2011 Para 4-40 & 13-29)

Lord Chancellor v Purnell QC & McCarthy [2010] Costs L.R. 81, QBD

Lord Chancellor v AJ Solicitors & McCarthy [2011] EWHC 2113 (QB)

Smith v CPS [2005] EWHC 3506 (Admin)

MO, & Others, R [2011] EWCA Crim 2854 (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Chancellor v McCarthy [2012] EWHC 2325 (QB).


Former Member of the Executive committee of the Criminal Bar association.

Member of Criminal Bar Association

Member of South Eastern Circuit

Member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association

Independent Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.


Chambers Director

Association of Fraud Lawyers

Registered pupil supervisor

Chambers Criminal Bar Association representative



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