Work & Cases

Construction and Engineering

Employers for which Martin has acted include:

• A property company defending claims by a civil engineering contractor concerning micro tunneling; and

• A sports stadium owner defending a £1.5m payment claim by a main contractor.

Contractors for which he has acted include:

• A main contractor in disputes concerning delays and loss and expense in relation to a large retail development.

• A main contractor in its dispute with a Swiss bank arising out of a performance bond.

• A main contractor in claim for repayment of liquidated damages in respect of the £11m refurbishment of a hospital clinic.

• A major international construction company on a large adjudication concerning a retail scheme.

• A major contractor in relation to a claim arising from the Jubilee Line extension.

• A main contractor in relation to a claim regarding marine construction works and claims under the NEC 3.

• A major contractor in a multi-million pound adjudication on a high profile commercial national retail scheme.

Sub-contractors for which he has acted include:

• A sub-contractor in an adjudication concerning payment claims arising out of electrical works on the Metropolitan Line.

• A roofing sub-contractor in claims against a large main contractor.


CEDR ADR Official Arbitrator and member of the ABTA and RECC arbitration panels.

Commercial Litigation

Martin has acted for various clients, including:

• A bloodstock agent in defence of claims brought by a former client.

• A firm of solicitors in a trial concerning wasted costs.

• A traffic management company in dispute over scope of VAT.

Energy and Resources

Martin has acted for a wide range of clients in disputes arising out of the design and construction of off shore installations all over the world, including:

• An energy services contractor in a £3m payment dispute in relation to a high-pressure steam pipeline.

• An engineering consultancy providing advice on petrochemical installations in the Middle East.

• A supplier of containers to the offshore industry against an oilfield services company in a substantial sale of goods dispute.

Professional Negligence

Martin has acted both for and against many professionals, particularly in the construction and engineering fields.

Cases in which he has acted have involved architects, engineers, project managers and solicitors.

Reported Cases

Charles David Hoyle v. B.A.K Building (Contracts) Ltd [2018] EWHC 2802 (TCC)

Actavo UK Ltd v. Doosan Babcock Ltd [2017] EWHC 2849 (TCC); (2017) 177 Con LR 77

Manor Asset Limited v. Demolition Services Limited [2016] EWHC 222 (TCC); [2016] WLUK 286

LXB RP (Crown Road) Ltd v Squibb Group Ltd [2016] EWHC 2669 (TCC)

Malcolm Charles Contracts Ltd v. Crispin and another [2014] EWHC 3898 (TCC); All ER (D) 289 (Nov); (2015) 159 Con LR 185

Rendlesham Estates plc and Others v. Barr Limited (High Court, QBD, TCC) 28 November 2014, [2015] 1 WLR 3663; [2015] BLR 37, [2015] TCLR 1; (2015) 157 Con LR 147; [2015] CILL 3604. Acted for Defendant in defence of a large Defective Premises Act 1972/DPA claim. Led by Lord Marks QC (instructed by DWF LLP)

Walker Construction (UK) Ltd v. (1) Quayside Homes Ltd (2) Peter Brett Associates LLP [2014] EWCA Civ 93; 153 Con LR 26; [2014] BLR 215 (Led by Lord Marks QC)

True Fix Construction Ltd v. Apollo Property Services Group Ltd [2013] EWHC 2524 (TCC); [2013] All ER (D) 112 (Aug)

Vehicle Control Services Limited v. The Commissioner for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2013] EWCA Civ 186; [2013] WLR (D) 105 (Led by Lord Marks QC)