Martin McGann (2007)

Barrister

Martin’s principal practice is in family law. He is experienced in a wide range of child, divorce and domestic violence cases and takes instructions on public funding, private and direct access bases. Martin is driven by the pastoral aspect of family and child law and is committed to working with parties to ensure an appropriate and sensitive outcome for those involved.

Martin also has an extensive background in a wide range of civil litigation and advisory work. Prior to joining Chambers, Martin practised as a solicitor-advocate and supervising solicitor to lawyers across the country, gaining extensive experience in the High Court and County Court in chancery, property and housing, insolvency, consumer credit, personal injury and civil litigation. Martin maintains an interest in civil law and is available for instructions in these areas.

Martin has previously worked at the HMRC Solicitor’s Office, where he specialised in with MTIC VAT fraud and employment law matters.

Notable cases include:

  • Morales v Enver (28 April 2016), Queens Bench Division

PRACTICE AREAS

Martin’s practice is centred on family and child proceedings and additionally incorporates general civil litigation, property/housing law and personal injury.

Family & Childcare

Martin’s main practice is in family law. He accepts instructions across the range of family law including contested divorces, financial remedies and family property. He has extensive experience of Family Law Act applications including non-molestation orders and transfer of tenancy; as well as regularly attending public and private Children Act proceedings including short notice EPO’s. Martin is particularly interested in trying to make the court system work for the children and litigants who find themselves in it and finding effective outcomes.

Martin undertakes private and publicly funded work, as well as direct access instructions. He acts for parents and Local Authorities and has also appeared in family matters on appeal.

Recent instructions have included:

  • last minute direct access instructions for a client who was overseas to attend a wardship application in the High Court
  • contested spend time arrangements which formed day 17 of public law proceedings where Martin had not been trial counsel

  • successfully avoiding an order for DNA testing as it posed a risk of harm to the children involved

  • securing findings of fact in a high profile domestic violence case involving a local councillor; and

  • obtaining permission for temporary removal to a non-Hague Convention country in private law proceedings

Solicitors have praised Martin’s attention to detail and excellent drafting, as well as his ability to gain the client’s confidence.

Mental Health

Martin is familiar with Mental Health Tribunal hearings under section 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act and sees this as an extension of his work in family law to broader issues surrounding vulnerable individuals.

Civil, Commercial & Chancery Litigation

Trials including in airline compensation, contractual, housing, debt and property disputes; appeals; interlocutory hearings acting for both claimants and defendants including injunctions; CMCs, CCMCs, summary judgment and strike out applications; set aside applications; applications to vary; relief from sanctions and disclosure applications; drafting advices on prospects and pleadings and applications in all matters.

Insolvency

Commercial insolvency including winding-up petition hearings and associated injunctions; bankruptcy; applications by trustees and debt enforcement litigation including TOLATA applications and orders for sale.

Personal injury

Martin is experienced in conducting trials at all levels for personal injury, vehicle damage and loss of earnings, stage 3 disposal hearings and infant settlements; advices on quantum in child and adult cases.

Property & Housing

Martin accepts instructions in residential and commercial landlord and tenant proceedings and harassment; mortgage possession and disputes including fraud, misrepresentation, undue influence and trespass.

He was recently instructed in a claim by an individual who was unlawfully evicted whilst away from rental property when he was suffering from mental health, securing an award of over £24,000 in compensation.

Qualifications & Awards

  • LLB (Hons), University of Reading
  • BVC, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Direct Public Access
  • Finalist, OUP National Mooting Competition
  • Finalist, CEDR National Negotiation Competition

Professional Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association