Martin and has studied at both Cambridge University and University of Sydney. After working as a criminal prosecutor in Sydney, Martin returned to the UK to work in the litigation department at Travers Smith, in London. During his seven years at the firm, Martin worked on a variety of matters, including the multi-billion dollar Enron shareholder class action. He has also been a trustee of the London Capital Cases Trust (the body overseeing final appeals by Caribbean death row prisoners to the Privy Council) and has worked on death-row cases on behalf of convicted prisoners from Trinidad and Tobago.
Martin was awarded the YSG Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the Law Society of England and Wales in the medium-sized firm category. Martin also received the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Solicitors Pro Bono Group Awards. In 2007, Martin returned to Australia and joined Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
In Australia Martin conducted the Centro Class Action. The case was settled for $200 million six weeks into trial, making it the largest securities class action settlement on record in Australia. He then worked on the class action arising out of the 2009 Kilmore – Kinglake bushfire. Caused by a fallen power line, the bushfire killed 119 people and destroyed 2500 homes. The case went to trial and ran for 16 months. Following the trial—but prior to judgment—the parties agreed to settle for half a billion dollars, making it the largest ever class action settlement in Australian history.
In September 2014, Martin was appointed Managing Director of litigation funding firms Claims Funding Europe and Claims Funding International. Presently, these entities fund litigation in North America and Europe, including in the Netherlands on behalf of victims of the Air Cargo Cartel, and in Germany on behalf of investors in Volkswagen AG.