For the last 20 years Martin has specialised in all aspects of criminal law covering the whole spectrum of criminal offences including fraud and serious sexual offences such as rape.
Martin does have experience of Prosecution work, but his practice is very much defence biased
R v Sutcliffe and Others Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (street value in excess of £1 million).
R v Rose, R v Whitwam (Court of Appeal) Appeared as Junior Counsel for Whitwam. This was a Proceeds of Crime Act case where it was alleged that the CPS were abusing the system to bring charges under the Act when inappropriate. This has become a guideline case.
R v B. Sutcliffe High profile, much media interest. The Defendant pleaded guilty to benefit fraud in the sum of £150,000. The DWP claimed the sum of £ 1.2 million under the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation. After legal argument Martin was successful in resisting the claim, and the Prosecution were only able to recover the total sum of benefits plus interest.
R v Maney Novel case. The Defendant was charged with recklessly endangering the safety of a Police helicopter by shining a laser pen from an upstairs bedroom window. This was contrary to article 73 of the Air Navigation Order 2005.Martin was successful in securing an acquittal.
R v Wolstenholme Martin successfully defended a father of a 6 month old baby who was charged with child cruelty and grievous bodily harm. The child had sustained two skull fractures. The Prosecution called and relied upon Expert Medical Evidence.
Association Football: Martin is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club (“the Terriers”) and a founder member of the “Patrons Association” and “Blue and White” Foundation which provides financial assistance to the running of the Academy (producing young footballers for Huddersfield Town teams from age 9 upwards).
His further interests inlude foreign travel, walking, swimming and keeping fit. He plays chess, and is a member of the Local Debating Society (which meets at Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield).