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Practice Areas

Martin specialises in media litigation and pre-publication clearance. His practice areas include libel, privacy, confidentiality, data protection, copyright, contracts, contempt of court and contingent publication risks. With a background as a commissioning editor in publishing, his clients include major and independent book publishers, magazines and high-profile individuals. Martin has a particular focus on complex content clearance for editors prepared to tackle challenging topics and difficult individuals. He has a track record in focusing document-heavy disputes for trials and injunctions. Martin appreciates the need for clients to maintain editorial and legal integrity against deadlines and within the demands of a commercial context.


Career Highs include: James Rhodes v OPO, Canongate Books [2015] UKSC 32 (Supreme Court): overturning injunction against celebrity memoir, clarifying law on rights of individuals to tell their own story; Miller v Associated Newspapers [2017] UKSC 33 (Supreme Court): acting for successful claimant in leading case on conditional fee agreements and freedom of expression.

Professional Memberships

CEDR: trained as mediator.


Martin has written on legal topics for a number of national newspapers.