Martin is a corporate partner at Mayer Brown, a large international law firm. Martin focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and other similar arrangements. Martin has a particular focus on the insurance and financial services sectors (although his dream had once been to become a high-flying media lawyer - so much for best laid plans and all that). Martin is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in his field and has been described by the leading legal directories as being "exceptionally respected" and "having a quiet, effective, good-humoured mastery of deals and details". When he is not quietly mastering deals, he is noisily cheering on his football team, Liverpool FC, or playing with his children. Martin is also interested in long walks in the countryside surrounding his home in Guildford, and catching up with friends preferably over some good red wine. Martin read law at Oxford University. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, as well as a contributor to the national and trade press.