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Dere Street Barristers

Chambers of John Elvidge QC

33 BROAD CHARE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0844 3351 551
Fax:
Fax 0191 261 0043
Email:
Web:
www.derestreet.co.uk
Newcastle upon Tyne, York

Martin Todd

Tel:
Work 0844 335 1551
Email:
Web:
www.derestreet.co.uk
Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC)

Work Department

Family

Position

Martin is a highly experienced specialist family Barrister, with over 25 years of experience in Public and Private law child care cases. He brings his significant expertise to bear in the most complex of cases involving Factitious illness, serious inflicted injury and death cases and the most serious of sexual abuse, grooming and neglect cases. He has also in recent years gained a reputation in his experience and knowledge in the growing field of contested adoption and relinquished baby cases, acting on all sides of the arguments. Along side acting for vulnerable and misunderstood lay clients, Martin also regularly represents Local Authorities, in  significant fact findings hearings involving complex medical and forensic evidence and multiple witnesses,  often lasted several weeks. He is often instructed for his ability to lead in a team approach in such contested cases. He is no less comfortable pressing his client’s point against Queen’s Counsel or litigants in person.Martin is known for a calming bedside manner and determination to see justice done, whether in the prosecution of serious perpetrators or the representation of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. To this end he has been instrumental in some significant cases which have shaped the legal landscape in family law Re J [2013] UKSC 9, Re A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 and and  Re W (Adoption – Contact ) [2016] EWHC 3118 (Fam).

Martin has in the last few years expanded his skillset into the world of Arbitration, becoming a member of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators demonstrating his versatility in training in international arbitration.

 

 

Career

Called 1991; Inner Temple.

Languages

English: German

Member

Committee member of the regional Family Law Bar Association; Leeds and West Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society.

Education

Parkway West Highschool, Missouri, USA (1987); Degree at University of Northumbria (1990 LLB (Hons)).

Leisure

Martin is a keen motor sports enthusiast, now more spectating than competing.


Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Family and children law

Within: Family and children law – Leading juniors

Martin Todd - Dere Street BarristersHighly experienced in cases involving severe child abuse.

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