Martin Carter | Manchester, Leeds & Birmingham

Martin Carter Local Government Barrister


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson

Martin Carter Local Government Barrister

Martin undertakes work in relation to local authority decision-making, duties, powers and structures, particularly in areas connected with the above areas of expertise.

Significant Reported Cases

R (on the application of Gardner) v Harrogate BC and Atkinson [2008] EWHC 2942 (Admin)[bias in decision making]

Martin is a Member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.


Martin undertook his pupillage at Kings Chambers and has spent his entire practicing career with chambers. He undertakes advisory work and appears at inquiries and the Courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

Year of Call: 1992

Areas of Expertise

Administrative & Public Law


Local Government



Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)


Planning and Environmental Bar Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Northern Circuit

North Eastern Circuit

Compulsory Purchase Association


MA (Oxon) BA (Oxon) Jurisprudence [First Class]


Chambers UK 2023

"Excellent to work with. Understands the salient issues and develops a convincing case."

"Martin is extremely responsive and user-friendly. He is a pleasure to work with and we have no hesitation in recommending him to clients."

Legal 500 2023

‘Martin is very accessible and responsive and is always on hand to give advice. He turns around work to tight timeframes and gets to grips with complex matters very quickly. His approach is measured and calm and solicitors have full confidence in his advocacy and that he is going to present each client’s case very well.’

Chambers UK 2022

"Martin gives sound, measured advice with a keen and ready grasp of complex technical matters."

Chambers UK 2021

"He is a great team player and a steady hand in litigation." "Listens to his clients, gives calm, measured advice and gets the job done."

Legal 500 2021

"Martin is a very good and experienced barrister. He is an excellent practitioner in the our field. He was a good cross examiner and I was impressed with his competency throughout."

Legal 500 2020

"Exceptionally capable and personable."

Chambers UK 2020

"Martin impresses with his ability to manage inquiries and his overall working manner." "Quick to identify key points and concentrate on them very effectively."

Chambers UK 2019

"Responsive and pragmatic. His written advice is excellent and commercially focused." "He has a very easy manner and provides invaluable advice."

Legal 500 2018

‘A very personable barrister, who builds excellent rapport with everyone he works with.’

Chambers UK 2017

"He works hard for clients and takes a pragmatic approach." "He is considered and calm, with a good eye for detail and sound judgement."

Chambers UK 2016

"Unflappable and completely focused when under the ultimate pressure." "A robust advocate who is very unpretentious and user-friendly."

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