Martin has been at Clyde & Co for 44 years. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has been a Partner Equivalent since May 1994. He set up the Greek office in March 1998 and headed up the Greek office before returning to the UK as Head of Marine Casualty in the spring of 2014 to lead the Marine Casualty Team. Martin divides his time between Greece and the UK.
As a result of his considerable experience, he specialises in maritime law and arbitration, particularly in all aspects of marine casualties, charterparty and bill of lading disputes.
Martin is one of the world's leading specialists in marine casualty and is involved in a large number of Lloyd's Open Form salvage arbitrations and salvage claims. His advice goes beyond collision and salvage to pollution liabilities, general average, transhipment and selling of distressed cargoes, wreck removal, P&I and cargo claims as well as insurance issues.
Martin acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs, property insurers and leading salvors and has lectured and written many articles on salvage and general average, and spoken at many events. He has presented on many recent Court cases, such as the Supreme Court decisions on "RENOS" and "LONGCHAMP", and has lead the debate on whether the salvage industry is in terminal decline, including presenting a draft of a more commercial version of LOF – "LOF Light".
He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and founder of the Eastern Mediterranean Mediation Association (EMMA). He is also the secretary for the Admiralty Solicitor's Group (ASG) and been involved in revising the ASG standard forms.
Martin is featured as a leading individual for shipping in Legal 500 and is described in Chambers UK 2019 as “an outstanding leader in his field of marine casualty work".
Represented various owners in Greece in their defence of unpaid calls made by Ocean Marine Mutual
Handled numerous salvage cases particularly under LOF, including claims for special compensation for preventing damage to the environment and under scopic
Represented salvors in "TASMAN SPIRIT" grounding and pollution in Karachi – involving detention of salvors' personnel and equipment
Represented salvors in "CASTOR", which was towed around the Mediterranean without a port of refuge to go to
Represented owners in "GRIGOROUSSA I" grounding and pollution in Suez Canal