Martin Bourne Partner T:01865 811720 M:07970 252811

A regulatory defence specialist.

Martin has many years of experience defending clients before the magistrates’ courts in Oxford and Banbury, as well as before regulators as diverse as the British Horse Racing Authority and the Health and Care Professions Council.  He has defended individual clients regarding criminal charges such as domestic violence or road traffic offences, professional disciplinary proceedings, and revocation of a shotgun licence.  Martin also represents company directors against charges of fraud or money laundering, and landlords facing enforcement by local authority housing officers. 

Martin acts for a number of schools and Oxford colleges in staff and student disciplinary proceedings and in providing advice on child safeguarding.  He also advises professional advisors, such as other law firms and accountants, on money laundering regulations.

Recent examples of how Martin has helped clients include:

  • saving a charity several thousand pounds in fees and construction works, when a house that it owned was wrongly classified as a house of multiple occupation (HMO) by the local authority;
  • preserving the career of a head teacher, by demonstrating that the head teacher had assiduously investigated investigations into alleged inappropriate behaviour between staff;
  • supporting a social worker who had been made a scapegoat by the local authority; and
  • successfully defending a race horse trainer who was accused of influencing the outcome of a race.