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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.