Martin Ward > Fourteen > London, England > Barrister Profile


Work Department

Ancillary relief; private law children.


Martin draws upon his extensive experience of not only family law but also his commercial and business law background to offer specialist advice and advocacy with an emphasis on achieving pragmatic and cost-effective outcomes in both private children and family finance disputes.  In appropriate cases, Martin will accept instructions directly from private clients under the Bar’s Public Access scheme.  Martin is a qualified Arbitrator (MCIArb) and member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Martin’s practice encompasses all areas of private law children work, with particular experience of representing parents embroiled in intractable disputes, often involving highly contentious relationship histories (recent cases have included allegations of domestic slavery and radicalisation). Applications to permit relocation of children is another area of particular expertise, with recent cases involving applications for removal of children to rural Spain, the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China. His pragmatic approach to resolving children-related disputes promotes parties finding innovative solutions where differences had appeared insurmountable.

Martin specialises in financial claims when family relationships end. Typically the cases upon which he is instructed include one or more of the following elements:

  • Analysis of business accounts;
  • Company shareholdings and business valuations;
  • Assets held offshore;
  • Hidden wealth and other forms of material non-disclosure;
  • Atypical financial resources that demand special consideration, e.g. farms, art collections, trust funds; and
  • Domestic and overseas enforcement of financial orders, including the tracing of assets.

Recent cases have involved tracing hidden assets in the UK, Russia, France, China and Hong Kong, working with local lawyers and enquiry agents to achieve disclosure of properties, investments and business interests.


Called 1992.


Family Law Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society.


Reading School; University of Warwick; Inns of Court School of Law.