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Martin Westgate has a consistent track record of advice and representation in a wide range of subject areas although he concentrates on public and administrative law, housing and social care. Much of his work is in, and on appeal from, the Administrative Court and he is experienced in professional negligence and costs litigation, particularly in cases related to his main practice areas. His broad based practice makes him an ideal choice for cases that have a multidisciplinary aspect or that are difficult to categorise.

Martin is ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers in the fields of Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Local Government and Social Housing and in the Legal 500 for Administrative and Public Law Civil Liberties and Social Housing. Commentators note that he “has taken well to silk” and is “a clever man who translates his thoughtfulness into creative and effective legal arguments”. He is described as a “very skilful and formidable advocate” whose wider experience of public law issues enables him to “think out of the box on more challenging cases”.

He is leader of the public law and housing and social welfare teams within chambers and vice chair of the Administrative Law Bar Association.

His record since taking silk in 2010 continues to demonstrate his range and versatility. He has appeared in a number of leading cases (see below) at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court.

Martin is qualified to undertake direct access work. He has been trained as a mediator with CEDR and undertakes and represents in mediations.


Called 1985; Middle Temple; Year of Silk: 2010.


Administrative Law Bar Association

Housing Law Practitioners Association


Oxford (1984 BA Jurisprudence).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Westgate KCDoughty Street Chambers ‘Martin is technically brilliant, with an ability to assess and distil the legal issues quickly and in a way that the lay client will understand.’

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Martin Westgate KCDoughty Street ChambersMartin is an excellent barrister and a leader in his field. His housing and public law knowledge runs deep, and you know you are in safe hands if he is working on your case.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Martin Westgate KCDoughty Street Chambers