Will Martin

Will Martin

“One of the best criminal barristers of his generation and a definite star of the future”
“A very sharp intellect”
“An elegant advocate who can target a good point with laser-like precision”

Legal 500 UK 2022
Year of call: 2010
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Will specialises in defending and prosecuting cases of business crime, including complex, high value fraud, and other white collar work, including bankruptcy and insolvency offences. Will represents both individuals and businesses.

Will spent a year working with the financial regulator, the FCA, on Operation Tabernula, the largest ever insider trading prosecution brought by the regulator, and Operation Cotton, a multi-million pound land banking fraud.

Will has particular niche expertise in the complex field of Legal Professional Privilege (LPP). He was instructed as independent counsel by the FCA in relation to an investigation into an alleged $1bn tax fraud, and by Herbert Smith Freehills in relation to material held by a multinational bank during an investigation into a £200m fraud perpetrated by its employees. Will has also acted as on-site independent LPP counsel for the SFO during searches.

Recent Cases:

Operation Warship

Successful prosecution (alone) of £1m multi-handed conspiracy to defraud car buyers using false online car companies. Instructed by CPS Specialist Fraud Division.

Operation Serpent

Successful prosecution (alone) of multi-handed conspiracy to defraud Howdens Joinery using false trading accounts set up by hijacked or false companies. Instructed by CPS Specialist Fraud Division.

SFO v Thomas & Ors

Led junior in successful defence of the CEO of an international fibre-optic / infrastructure company alleged by the SFO to have played a significant role in a fraud perpetrated against Barclays and KBC banks to the value of £160m. The trial, at Southwark Crown Court, lasted some five months.


Defence of a businessman prosecuted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for allegedly falsifying invoices during the winding up of multi-million pound business in order to account for fraudulent cash withdrawals.

Investigation X

Following an investigation commenced by the US Department of Justice, assisted in the internal investigation of a large multinational company for alleged breaches of the Iranian sanction regime, following investigation by the US Department of Justice.



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