Call Date: 1994

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Martin is a leading Junior. He is instructed in the most substantial and complex cases of fraud, drugs, corruption, money laundering and especially organised crime, most often as leading junior. Martin has extensive experience of Serious Fraud (including SFO/MTIC work) 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 experienced in cases involving experts, particularly 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 Funding 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 due to be heard in 2018

R v M - 10 week money laundering/fraud

R v W - retained to advise at pre charge restraint stage and in the trial in 2018 of International fraud and money laundering

R v G - currently acting as sole junior in fraud/money laundering likely to last 4 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 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


Martin is also instructed in Blackmail, people trafficking, modern slavery and other serious cases.


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 Funding Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.


Registered pupil supervisor

Chambers Criminal Bar Association representative


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