Martin Porter QC (Head of Chambers)
+44 (0)20 7822 1200
"brings confidence and the gravitas without being overbearing."Chambers UK
"...gives people a great feeling of confidence"Chambers UK 2017
"An excellent advocate"Legal 500 2016
"His client care is excellent ......"Legal 500 2017
“Extremely efficient and pragmatic”, Martin is a leading personal injury specialist with particular experience of clinical negligence, industrial disease, brain damage, psychiatric injury and all sports-related litigation (particularly involving cycling). He is described by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury and clinical negligence barrister.
Martin also has considerable experience of professional negligence (especially of solicitors and surveyors), insurance work and public law/human rights
Martin broadcasts and writes frequently, including for BBC’s Law in Action, The Times Law Section, New Law Journal, All England Opinion and BBC radio. He has been a member of the Western Circuit since 1987 and appears regularly on all circuits.
Martin was elected as Head of Chambers in July 2019.
Martin regularly appears in complex clinical negligence actions, most frequently for the defendant. He is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading clinical negligence Silk with the comment that he is “a regular fixture” in the appellate courts, and by Chambers UK as bright and adaptable in defending negligent surgery claims.
Martin also has extensive experience of appearing before the GMC Professional Conduct Committee and advising doctors and dentists facing disciplinary proceedings. He has been appointed a Legal Assessor by the GMC.
Martin has broad experience of sport-related personal injury claims. He also has specialised knowledge of sports regulation in relation to cycling and in the application statute law relating to cycling accidents, in particular, the wearing of helmets and liability.
In the last two years he has acted for national sporting bodies, sports clubs, individuals organising sports events and people injured whilst playing or participating.
Martin himself competes regularly in cycling road races.