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Malcolm Martin

Malcolm is the firm’s client care partner, which means he focusses on the service we provide to our clients, as well as being responsible for managing legal risk, compliance, and legal office management. Malcolm is the firm’s COLP (Compliance Officer Legal Practice).

Following a law degree and a distinction at College of Law he qualified in the City of London in 1981 and became a general litigator. He became a partner at Woodhouse Davies & Martin solicitors where he spent 26 years. He was an early adopter of ADR (alternative dispute resolution). In the mid 1990’s Malcolm became a Family Law specialist and in 2013 qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator enabling him to adjudicate in a broad range of family law disputes. Malcolm has acted for a wide spectrum of clients including high net worth individuals with a focus on professionals such as doctors, lawyers and senior police officers.

Specific experience

Malcolm has carried out a huge range of work for local businesses and organisations including schools, hospitals, charities, clubs and societies, assisting in every part of their organisation.

Areas of expertise

Malcolm has dealt with every part of family law, regularly appearing in courts and has successfully taken cases to the Court of Appeal. One of his high profile cases required a Reporting Restriction Order. He is experienced in child law problems including child protection, divorce, financial remedies, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, same sex-relationships including civil partnerships and contested probate work. Malcolm now uses his wide experience of legal practise and business to support every department and all of our lawyers in the areas of legal risk, compliance, client care and legal office management.

Involvement with the community and associations

For 15 years he was honorary solicitor to a national sporting body to which he is now Life Vice President. He is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. Malcolm regularly blogs on legal, family and compliance issues and has written published articles including one that appeared in a national Womens Institute magazine. As a former Training Principal he has trained many solicitors and kept in touch with modern legal education trends. Malcolm has set up and chairs a forum of local compliance and risk managers.