Martin Ferguson

Martin Ferguson

  • Called in 2016

Martin predominantly practices in personal injury, disease, commercial and road traffic work.

He is regularly instructed on all tracks and enjoys a balance of Claimant and Defendant instruction. He manages a busy paperwork practice and is noted for his efficiency and clear advice.

Prior to studying for the Bar, Martin worked in strategic litigation and advocacy for an international human rights NGO in Budapest. On returning to the UK he qualified as an Independent Mental Health Advocate and represented people sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Martin was graded Outstanding on the BPTC, ranking in the top 5 in his year. He received Hardwicke and Buchanan Awards from Lincoln’s Inn, as well as the Shelford Scholarship and Overseas Placement Award.

Away from the Bar, Martin retains directorship of an Educational Company he founded which delivers training on ethics to medical students. His passions include cars and sport.

Personal Injury

Personal injury work forms a large part of Martin’s practice. He regularly appears at trial in employers’ and public liability, highways, occupiers’ liability and road traffic claims. He is also experienced in matters where there are allegations of fraud.

Martin also enjoys a wide ranging paperwork practice and is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and advise on issues of procedure, limitation, liability, quantum and medical causation.

Disease
Martin has particular experience in Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims and is regularly instructed to attend CCMC’s, interim applications, and trials. He is frequently instructed to advise on all NIHL matters by Claimants and Defendants.

Credit Hire

Martin is regularly instructed in road traffic matters involving liability and quantum disputes, as well as allegations of fraud. He is well-versed in the law relating to credit hire and regularly appears for Claimants and Defendants.

General Common Law

Housing
Martin has appeared and drafted documents in a number of housing matters, including possession proceedings for both landlords and tenants, harassment and private nuisance claims.

Commercial

Martin has experience of a wide range of commercial matters including sale of goods, consumer rights, breach of directors’ duties, formation of contract, breach of contract and debt claims.

Civil Fraud

Martin regularly acts for both claimants and defendants where issues of fundamental dishonesty and/or fraud arise.

In particular, he frequently deals with such issues and the disapplication of QOCS / s. 57 in EL/PL personal injury claims, and RTA/credit hire claims.

Notable Cases


Hillier v Southern Rock Insurance Company Limited (2020)
Martin successfully represented the Defendant at first instance, on appeal, and was led by Jamie Carpenter QC in drafting the Respondent’s Notice for second appeal. The Court of Appeal refused permission to appeal. The Claimant’s credit hire claim was struck out as an abuse of process. The Claimant had compromised his entire claim at Stage 2 of the MOJ portal process.

Parker v MIB (2019)
In 2015 Mr Parker was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in which he suffered life-changing injuries. Martin advised in writing and in conference, and settled a complex Schedule of Loss including a claim for considerable future losses. The matter ultimately settled for a significant six-figure sum favourable to the Claimant.

If you would like to instruct Martin Ferguson or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Education & Qualifications


BPTC, BPP, Outstanding, 2016
Mental Health First Aid Instructor, MHFA England, 2015
Independent Mental Health Advocate, 2014
LLB with Honours, University of Nottingham, 2012

Publications


Publications
Well-managed Highway Infrastructure What the new Code means
Scope of Duty Owed by Police: Supreme Court Clarification, 2018
Section 57 CJCA 2015: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games -v- Sinfield, 2018
Public Identification during Community Sentence – Good or Bad?, Prison Service Journal, 2015

Prizes
Lincoln’s Inn:
Hardwicke Award
Buchanan Award
Shelford Scholarship
Overseas Placement Award