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Martin Lugsdin

  • Year of call: 2005



Martin has been a qualified lawyer since 1986 and has worked as a local authority solicitor for nearly 20 years dealing with all aspects of social work relating to adults and children. He gained significant advocacy experience in that role which he has continued to enhance in the period since he transferred to the bar in 2005.

Having completed his solicitors final examinations he joined Preston Borough Council in 1984 as a trainee solicitor before continuing his career in local government with Manchester City Council (twice), Cheshire County Council, Birmingham City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Liverpool City Council.

Martin accepts instructions from Solicitors and, where appropriate, direct from the public. Martin is approachable and friendly and will always attempt to deal with these matters sensitively, but he will always seek to ensure that clients are provided with an honest and realistic appraisal of any given circumstances. The law relating to children has remained Martins main focus since transferring to the Bar. He has continued to act in public law proceedings for local authorities, parents and children. By representing other parties, Martin has benefited from obtaining a wider perspective within such proceedings.

In addition, Martin has broadened his work to encompass private law disputes in relation to children, representing parents, grandparents and other family members in a variety of section 8 cases. This work continues despite the changes to public funding arrangements. Some of this private law work has been generated through the Bar’s direct access provisions in respect of which Martin is fully accredited. Expanding into this area of work has increased Martin’s experience of dealing with a wide variety of often vulnerable clients.

Martins experience at the bar includes involvement in forced marriage cases, matters involving European provisions and human rights issues along with the placement of looked after children and a variety of jurisdictions, complex medical issues, Munchhausen's and related issues, serious and persistent neglect and claims of organised and ritual abuse.

Lecture Experience:

Martin regularly lectures Social Workers on Court skills and has a significant history of multi-disciplinary training in respect of child protection law and procedure.

Reported Cases

Professional Memberships & Publications

  • ADR Mediation