Charles Martin Senior Partner

Charles works principally in M&A and private equity, acting for sponsors and corporates.

He is rated in the top tiers of the most highly recommended M&A and private equity lawyers in the UK by the leading directories.

Clients look to him particularly for strategic counsel and tactical input on a wide variety of legal matters including M&A, litigation and family office issues.

Much of his work is cross-border. He is an officer of, and actively involved in, the International Bar Association.

He has worked for many of the firm’s major clients. Highlights include leading the team advising Verizon Communications Inc. on its acquisition of Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless for $130bn.

He is a trustee of the Visitors’ Art Foundation, Outside In and Pallant House Gallery, and is actively involved in supporting a number of other charities.

He has been the Senior Partner since 2008 and steps down from that role on 1 May 2020 but will remain a partner in the firm. He was named Management Partner of the Year 2017 at the Legal Business Awards.

What people are saying


"Charles Martin continues to occupy his revered position as a leader of the corporate market. He is deeply experienced in a variety of transactions, and remains a valuable resource for clients to assist with board-level issues."

Chambers UK 2020

"Charles Martin is recognised as an eminent practitioner for private equity and corporate/M&A."

Chambers UK 2020

"Charles Martin is the firm’s senior partner and a formidable presence in the UK private equity market. He is a valued resource to investors and corporates in their international M&A work."

Chambers UK 2020

"Senior partner Charles Martin is highly rated among peers and clients, who commend his deep experience in complex merger work. Alongside expertise in public and private M&A, he also advises on board-level issues for corporate clients."

Chambers UK 2018

"Senior partner Charles Martin impresses with his level of experience in the private equity space and is known for his involvement in complex cross-border deals."

Chambers UK 2017

"Clients say: 'He's just the leader of the pack in terms of intellect and knowing the right people to call, not just on matters in the UK but on a worldwide basis'."

Chambers Global 2016

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