“I believe that there is only one acceptable outcome to a case involving an innocent client. Not guilty…There can be no middle ground.” (Michael Connolly, author).
My name is Leo, and I have worked as a criminal litigator for over a decade. I am an experienced criminal solicitor, with in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system.
I have successfully defended clients accused of a variety of offences, of all levels of seriousness. I recognise the fact that to a client even the most minor offence is serious, as a conviction could lead to a detrimental impact on a client’s future or employment prospects.
I have experience in areas as diverse as fraud, financial enquires, general and serious organised crime. I accept instructions on both a private and a legal aid basis. I also have experience in defending clients from various investigative authorities including HMRC.
I have acted on behalf of clients who had been approached by UK investigative authorities on behalf of an overseas police force (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty/MLAT).
As well as successfully defending a client accused of money laundering in a joint US Homeland Security & City of London Police investigation, I have also developed a practice defending clients accused of graffiti related offences.
I advance the rights of my clients from the earliest stage and I guide them carefully through the issues involved in criminal litigation. In doing so I uphold the firm’s ethos: fighting injustice, righting wrongs and defending the client’s rights.
- LPC, College of Law (London)
- BPP Law School
- Aston University
- Joined Hodge Jones & Allen, June 2009
- Admitted as a Solicitor, 2008
- Galbraith Branley Solicitors, 2006 – 2009
- “I just wanted to express my family’s thanks for Harry’s trial results yesterday, to you and the barrister. Well done and thank you for an excellent job. We are very happy this has finally come to a conclusion, especially just before Christmas. Thank you once again!”
- “Leo Martin is an asset to your organisation – his endeavors have made an immeasurable difference to my life.”
- “Everything was done with consideration and great care.”
- “Leo was incredibly efficient, giving me clarity and focus at a time when I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. For the year and a half this case has dragged on, Leo has been there for me. He would always reply to my queries promptly, and clearly, and took the time to make sure I knew and understood all that was occurring. I’m certain that he had other cases, more serious and far more important than mine, but I was never made to feel that the work he was doing on my behalf was any the less important. I was shown respect and care beyond that which I would have expected. At no point have I felt under-represented by him or been provided with anything less than a stellar service. That’s just his professional behaviour. He was also kind and considerate, a true gentleman, who seemed genuinely concerned for me when circumstances left me feeling more than a little fragile and I will forever be grateful to him for that. He clearly knows what he is doing, that he does it with the right blend of professionalism and compassion is what makes him a solicitor of worth, as far as I am concerned, and I would recommend him as such in a heartbeat. Writing to tell you this is the only way I can think to thank Leo for all he has done. I wish I could do more. If only my gratitude could match his efforts, he’d collapse under the weight of my thanks.”
Overview of Cases:
Court of appeal:
- R v A
Successfully opposed CPS appeal against Circuit Judge who stayed proceedings.
- R v Y
Represented a bogus solicitor who facilitated a large scale mortgage fraud. Police alleged that he was the mastermind behind the setup of bogus law firms.
- R v B&C
Defended two clients accused of money laundering and human trafficking. Multi-handed case at Southwark Crown Court. Both clients acquitted.
- R v M Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).
Represented a vulnerable client who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. This was the first case at the Old Bailey whereby a defendant gave evidence via a video link from a solicitor’s office. Client was acquitted.
- R v F
Serious case of GBH. Successfully defendant client accused of forcing a man to fall from the top deck of a moving bus. My client acted in self-defence. He was acquitted by the jury.
- R v W
Client accused of murder. Client acquitted.
- R v B
I represented an established graffiti artist. The police alleged that he was responsible for a specific tag which had been sprayed on hundreds of trains across the UK. We were able to challenge the prosecution case by instructing a leading expert in the field of graffiti culture.
- R v McD
Represented a teacher accused of causing criminal damage. I personally litigated and conducted the advocacy at summary trial. Successfully undermined the officer’s credibility through cross-examination. He was acquitted.
- R v M
I represented a man accused of assaulting his neighbour. My cross-examination undermined the complainants evidence
In my spare time I follow Watford Football Club.