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Details of Professional Practice

Roy Martin is a practising member of the Bar in Scotland, in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in 1976, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990 and to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2010. He was also admitted to the Bar of New South Wales in 1987.

He became a Queen's Counsel in Scotland in 1988 and a Queen's Counsel in England and Wales in 2008. He has served as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and as Dean of Faculty.

He has appeared in all levels of Courts in Scotland and has in recent years been instructed in a number of cases in the UK Supreme Court. He has acted as Arbitrator and Counsel in a range of both domestic and international Arbitrations. He is recognised by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 law directories as one of the leading silks at the Bar. The latest edition of Chambers UK (2017) once again ranks him in four categories, stating "he has the ear of the court, and he is quite ferocious in how he represents clients. He has a wealth of experience and technical knowledge.", that he is "a very senior QC who is highly respected by the Scottish courts." and that he "he is very quick at picking up issues, and has an excellent manner about him, especially in court".

Aside from practice, Roy Martin has served as a Temporary Sheriff and as a chairman (part-time) of Industrial Tribunals, and he is a chairman of Police Appeals Tribunals. He was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. He served as a Co-chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates of the International Bar Association and of the International Council of Advocates and Barristers. He is an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow School of Law, and has been elected as an Honorary Member of the Australian Bar Association and called as a Bencher of Middle Temple.


LL.B University of Glasgow

Special Interests

Alternative dispute resolution

Company and commercial

Land Law

Planning and Environmental

Professional Memberships

The Faculty of Advocates
Member of 6 Pump Court, London & Terra Firma Chambers, Edinburgh
Member, Planning and Environment Bar Association
Founding Chairman, Scottish Planning Local Government and Environmental Bar Group 1991 - 1996
Affiliate of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland 2009


Scottish Planning Encyclopaedia: Public Local Inquiries

Regular Chairman and Lecturer at conferences on Planning and

Commercial Landlord and Tenant


Vice Dean of Faculty 2001-2004

Co-chair, Forum for Barristers and Advocates of the International

Bar Association 2002-

Member of Sheriff Court Rules 1981-1984

Standing Junior Counsel, Department of Employment 1983-1984

Advocate Depute 1984-1987

Chairman, Industrial Tribunals 1990-1996

Chairman, Police Appeals Tribunal 1997-

Dean of Faculty 2004-2007

Judge of the Courts of Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey 2013- date