Martin is the principal of Trisley Lawyers, commencing sole practice in September 2001 at the age of 31. In a career spanning over 24 years, Martin has acted for many clients throughout the Newcastle and Hunter Region. He has conducted cases in a wide range of areas of law, including large scale commercial litigation, family law (property), criminal law, and asbestos claims.
In 2017, Martin was given the honour of ‘Recommended’ by the prestigious Doyles Guide, which is the premier lawyers’ guide in Australia. Martin said of receiving the award: “It was a wonderful surprise to be honest. It’s truly special to be ‘recommended’ by the Doyles Guide, and that’s primarily because it’s your peers on the other side of the case who vote.
It was the conducting of Campbell v Telstra Limited that saw Martin receive the award. A complex piece of litigation against Telstra Limited. “That was a very difficult case run against a ferocious opponent in Telstra and some seriously good lawyers at Sparke Helmore. We had to prove that my client became terminally ill from his employment as a linesman with Telstra back in the 1980’s. My client was close to death, so we had to run the case at breakneck speed. To receive a recommendation from my opponents in that case was a great privilege.
Martin is a member of the Law Society of NSW, and for the last 25 years has held the position of Honorary Solicitor for City and Suburban Cricket Association and the Charlestown Cricket Club.
Martin obtained his Diploma in Law in November 1994 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW on the 31st of March of 1995. He completed the prestigious Sports Commerce in the Law course at the University of Melbourne 1996, receiving a distinction for his paper – ‘The Influence of Sports Agents in the Super League War’.
Martin has conducted litigation in most courts along the east coast of Australia, from the Supreme Court of Queensland to the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Australia, and the High Court of Australia.
Martin says of his career in the law: “I rejoice in the fact my job stresses me. I’m never bored, which is a wonderful thing after 24 years into my career. I love litigation. Love it. And I love caring for my clients. Litigation, in all its forms, is 3D chess, not checkers and you don’t enjoy a record like mine unless you know how to play the game, with all its complexities.
I hope the client testimonials provide you a guide. You have to work incredibly hard and know how to conduct a case to put a smile on a client’s face while they are going through the most stressful thing in their life. I truly treasure those moments, so it was nice to know my clients remember them as fondly as I do.
Why me as your lawyer? It’s hard to properly express how hard and strategically you have to work to have my record of success. I could say anything about myself, but I hope my record does.. Finally, although it’s a master (you) and servant relationship (me), I’m never afraid to give frank and honest advice. Because if you ever need someone to be honest, it’s when you’re in the court system.”
Martin has conducted litigation in the following courts: