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MARTIN HUTCHINGS QC

Call: 1986    QC: 2011

+44 (0)20 7306 0102mhutchings@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Martin has a broad property litigation practice also covering professional liability in related areas. He has acted in many recent high-profile cases covering all aspects of property litigation.

Martin is known for his ability to understand clients’ commercial objectives and for providing rapid and practical advice.

He has particular experience in commercial landlord and tenant matters including business tenancies, dilapidations; insolvency-related lease issues, and consent for alienation. Martin also regularly appears in and advises on real property cases particularly relating to the development of land.

He has a wealth of recent reported cases. They concern such diverse areas as restrictive covenants; development agreements; easements; commercial lease interpretation and land registration.

A previous winner of Chambers & Partners’ Real Estate ‘Silk of the Year’ award,  Martin is ranked as a  Band 1 property silk in Chambers & Partners and in the Legal 500 (Band 2) .

In 2013 he was successful in four separate property cases in the Court of Appeal concerning: easements; construction of a property sale confidentiality agreement; issue estoppel and dilapidations. He has not lost a case since, in the Court of Appeal.

Martin is involved in many aspects of alternative dispute resolution including acting in mediations and as an adviser to arbitrators and experts and as an expert in his own right.

Martin is consistently recommended in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for property litigation and is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2021 for Real Estate, where he is described as one of the “most highly regarded” barristers in this area.

Recent editions of the directories have described him as:

“A very quick worker who understands the commercial points in disputes and delivers advice and advocacy in a calm and reassuring manner”. “Highly effective and incredibly user-friendly” (Chambers & Partners 2022)

“Gets to the nub of the issues quickly and concisely. He does not sit on the fence and is prepared to give a clear view, something that is valued by clients” (Legal 500, 2022)

“Extremely responsive and user-friendly, in addition to providing robust and excellent advice.” (Chambers and Partners, 2021)

“He is commercial, to the point and has a great way with clients.” (Chambers and Partners, 2021)

“He is excellent with clients, always clearly relaying the risks and options.” (Legal 500, 2021)

“Very easy to work with, and sound in his judgements and advice.” (Legal 500, 2020)

“Technically excellent and very commercial.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

“He offers consistently good advice of a high quality and is an excellent advocate.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020)