Martin heads our education team and is experienced in all areas of law as it affects Universities particularly relating to collaboration, income generation and procurement arrangements.
Martin previously worked at the University of Manchester where he held a senior legal position for nine years. His exceptional experience at strategic, policy and operational levels within the sector ensures that our advice is practical and results driven.
Since joining the firm in 2008, Martin has expanded the firm’s client base in HE ten-fold. He is client partner for key University clients including Bangor University, Lancaster University and Loughborough University and is Framework Manager for the APUC. Martin has exceptional experience advising Universities on procurement and contract matters. This advice has been in relation to the full range of services, supplies and works contracts. Martin also advises on funding and clawback issues. He has advised on IP portfolio management issues, including IP due diligence, spin out creation and investments.
Martin conducts litigation before the High Court for breach of the Public Contract Regulations and has defended universities and sector purchasing consortia.
Martin is recognised in the Legal 500 for both his work within the education sector and in relation to EU Procurement. He is a "notable practitioner" in the sector according to Chambers and Partners.
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Clients appreciate his "excellent public sector regulation knowledge" and describe him as "responsive and helpful." Chambers & Partners 2019