Martyn has over 30 years’ litigation experience beginning at Midland Bank (now HSBC) and Pinsent & Co (now Pinsent Masons). For several years prior to the formation of Emms Gilmore Liberson he was a partner and lead the property litigation teams at Lee Crowder (later Cobbetts LLP) and Clarke Willmott LLP, conducting a wide range of property disputes in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, First Tier Property Tribunal and in arbitration.
He is instructed by landlords, owners, developers and occupiers of commercial property across England and Wales from within the Midlands, London and internationally. Clients include government departments, national utilities, ‘blue chip’ companies, landed estates. His practise also represents property advisors, insolvency practitioners, in-house counsel, legal practitioners, and other high net worth individuals. They all have in common an appreciation of an astute and customised service, delivered by Martyn and his able, skilled, and enthusiastic team.
Martyn’s expertise encompasses all areas of property disputes including lease renewals, breaches of covenants, break rights, contracts relating to the sale of land, rights of way and easements and property related professional negligence claims. He was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Advanced Commercial Property Law (with a commendation) where his thesis was on the Law of Dilapidations. As a result of this specialised qualification, interest and practical insight into this complex field he has over many years regularly been instructed on large (in excess of £1m) dilapidations and disrepair cases (as landlord or tenant) by a range of well-known clients, often involving landmark buildings.
Martyn’s busy caseload also encompasses acting for managing agents of residential leasehold management companies where he and his team frequently act for a range of leading names in the sector on a variety of technically challenging and complex pieces of work across England and Wales.
Not all of his work is contentious, as he is often called upon by clients to formulate a strategy and works with them ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that they are well positioned to deliver the necessary outcome.
Martyn’s ethos and that of his team is not to rush headlong into litigation, but to undertake careful due diligence and have a clear understanding of the client’s business requirements. Where litigation is required it is deployed efficiently and effectively and he and his team have considerable expertise and an impressive track record in securing injunctive relief as well as taking case to hearing or negotiating settlement. He works hard to manage costs and risks on behalf of clients and as a result many of his clients have instructed him for upwards of 20 years and new work is regularly referred to him. Martyn also has developed strong links to many of the leading surveyors and barristers in his field and will often use the same sets as the top City firms.
Martyn has been listed in the directories over many years where Legal 500 has described him as being “… excellent on all fronts” and “astute”.
He is an ADR accredited mediator and a member of the Property Litigation Association and the RICS Dilapidations Forum. He has also been invited to comment on amendments proposed by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee.
In 2019 Martyn became a member of the Practical Law Property Litigation Consultation Board.
Martyn also serves as Chairman of Trustees of the Grade II* listed Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Horticultural Society Limited, founded in 1829.