Profile

Martin advises and acts on a broad range of civil disputes, in particular commercial, property, insurance and professional liability matters including class action litigation. He is ranked in the Dispute Resolution and Insurance sections of the leading Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. Recent directory commentary includes “efficient, strategic, commercial, and very easy to deal with”, “a fine legal analytical mind and a good sense of strategy as well”, a “very, very good operator” and “good at getting on with it and getting the job done.”.

Martin has been a partner of the firm since 2013. He appears for clients at trials and in other defended hearings and appeals, as well as in less formal dispute resolution forums such as mediation. As well as his work for commercial clients, Martin also acts for the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society on public interest litigation, and for Lawyers for Climate Action NZ.

Martin regularly presents continuing professional development seminars for the Auckland District Law Society and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s interview panel for lawyers seeking approval to practise on their own account.

In 2020, Martin was appointed to the panel of independent lawyers providing assistance to those participating in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions in Aoteoroa New Zealand.

 

Credentials

  • LLB (Hons) / BSc (Victoria) LLM (Cambridge)

  • Admitted to the Bar in 2003

Experience

  • acting for a major bank in defending a litigation funded class action brought by investors following the collapse of Ross Asset Management, a financial adviser revealed to have been running New Zealand’s largest Ponzi scheme

  • acting for a major commercial landlord on various leasing and property disputes

  • acting for the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated on public interest appeals in respect of environmental matters

  • acting for Tower Insurance in advising on and defending a large number of litigated and otherwise disputed claims for property damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes

  • regularly acting for liability insurers on indemnity issues and defending claims against their insureds

  • acting for a major bank in defending a litigation funded class action brought by investors following the collapse of Ross Asset Management, a financial adviser revealed to have been running New Zealand’s largest Ponzi scheme

  • acting for a major commercial landlord on a number of property and leasing disputes across its portfolio

  • acting for a listed issuer in defending a derivative action claim brought by the minority shareholder of a subsidiary

  • acting for a local government organisation seeking to claim from Mobil Oil the substantial cost of cleaning up contaminated land on the Auckland waterfront

  • acting for a corporate trustee defending a class action brought by investors following the collapse of LDC Finance Ltd resulting in investor losses of over $20m

  • acting for a major bank facing a litigation-funded class action brought by investors following the collapse of Ross Asset Management, a financial adviser revealed to have been operating a Ponzi scheme

  • acting for a corporate trustee defending a litigation-funded claim brought by the receivers of Capital+Merchant Finance Ltd following its collapse owing investors around $170m

  • acting for Tower Insurance in advising on and defending a large number of litigated and otherwise disputed claims for property damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes, including through High Court and appellate litigation and in proceedings in the Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Tribunal and the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service

  • regularly acting for liability insurers on indemnity issues and defending claims against their insureds

  • advising on the response of business interruption insurance policies to losses caused by Covid-19

  • advising an insured party on one of the largest contracts works insurance claims in recent history

  • regularly acting for insured professionals such as lawyers, accountants and building surveyors in defending sensitive and high value claims and procuring their resolution on a confidential basis

  • acted for a corporate trustee defending a litigation-funded claim brought by the receivers of Capital+Merchant Finance Ltd following its collapse owing investors around $170m

  • acted for a corporate trustee defending a class action brought by investors following the collapse of LDC Finance Ltd resulting in investor losses of over $20m

  • acting for a major commercial landlord on a number of property and leasing disputes across its portfolio

  • acting for a local government organisation seeking to claim from Mobil Oil the substantial cost of cleaning up contaminated land on the Auckland waterfront