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Martin Khoshdel

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email martin.khoshdel@42br.com


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Martin’s practice covers the breadth of chambers’ civil work. He has extensive trial experience across the spectrum of the law which has been both varied and complicated. His practice includes Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Inquests, Employment, Commercial, Insolvency, Civil Fraud, Property, Judicial Review, Health & Safety, and Regulatory.

Martin is a friendly and approachable advocate who fearlessly and effectively represents his clients. He utilises his varied experience which he has obtained in challenging and detailed cases. He has previously gained valuable experience in criminal defence where he developed his courtroom advocacy regularly defending in a variety of trials. He has experience cross examining experts and does not shy away from the challenge. Coupled with his non-criminal experience, Martin is a balanced and well-developed advocate and with a keen attention to detail and ability to grasp the nuances of his cases. His cross examination has been described by a Judge as ‘tactful and effective’.

Martin has appeared and gained experience in the Court of Appeal and accepts such instructions.

Martin speaks Farsi/Persian to a fluent standard which has proven very useful representing Iranian clients.

Martin is also a Direct Access barrister.

Outside of law, Martin is a keen football and basketball player and a self-taught pianist playing classical as well as modern, contemporary and Iranian music.

Property / Housing / Landlord & Tenant

Advising and representing Landlords and Tenants in possession claims, disrepair claims and homelessness appeals. Martin also acts for corporate and individual landlords, in particular where forfeiture of long leaseholds is in dispute. He regularly advises and drafts pleadings for landlords and tenants in a range of residential property matters including assured shorthold tenancies, section 21 notices, and tenancy deposit protection, and s.8 notices.

Commercial, Insolvency and Civil Fraud

Martin has experience of claims relating to breach of contract and misrepresentation, insolvency proceedings, and credit hire claims arising from road traffic accidents. Martin has extensive experience in white collar cases representing defendants charged with fraud offences, and he draws on this experience when representing and advising claimants and defendants, thereby being in the position to provide full and complete advice covering a range of options available to the client.


Martin accepts instructions in respect of Inquests. He draws on his previous Criminal Defence and jury trials experience which prove invaluable to clients.

Health & Safety and Regulatory

Advising and representing parties in respect of Health & Safety and Regulatory offences. He has experience representing those subject to TFL proceedings, and has previously represented the ACCA at their regulatory hearings. Martin has also obtained experience in Council prosecutions in respect of planning permission breaches.

Notable cases

  • R v Muhammed Ahmed – defended a male accused of causing grievous bodily harm to his partner’s 6 months old baby. The case centred around medical expert evidence where Martin cross examined 4 Doctors on the cause of the injuries in the absence of any medical evidence called by the defence. Martin secured his acquittal.
  • Galko v Ministry of Defence and Serco – represented the appellant at the Central London County Court where Mr Galko was awarded £1500 for his unlawful detention of 20 hours following his acquittal. Martin successfully appealed securing £3000 in damages.
  • John Love v Francis Mostyn & Co Solicitors – High Court – successfully secured interim 3rd party debt orders and freezing injunctions against the claimant in respect of unpaid fees and the involvement of High Court Sherriffs. Martin successfully secured final orders.
  • Pawel Mrzowski v Tina Hadley and Alan Bagley – 4 days multi-track private nuisance trial in relation to smoke emanating from the defendants’ chimney into the claimant’s property.
  • Huseyin Bozkina and Dilan Melis Baran Ltd v Anna Stylianou – represented the defendant in a dispute concerning the taking of £15,000 to £20,000 where the defendant admitted to taking such sums from the business and entering into a contract with Mr Bozkina to repay a lower sum, which was subsequently breached. The trial mainly centred on agency, identification of parties to a contract, duress when entering the contract, unlawful deduction of wages, and non payment of holiday pay.
  • R v Omar Mohamed – represented the Defendant charged with s.18 GBH. The defendant assaulted his cellmate repeatedly and persistently kicking and stamping his head, even whilst unconscious. The victim was left with life threatening and life changing injuries; he was also left in a coma for a number of weeks.
  • In the matter of CM – acted for the claimaint in an Employment claim involving allegations of disability discrimination. Successfully settled the matter out of court.
  • In the matter of Robert Aliker – advising and representing the estate of the deceased on a claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 where the deceased was killed in a road traffic collision. The defendant was convicted for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.
  • Lesley Burns v Portsmouth NHS Hospital Trust – represented the applicant who sought disclosure of her late mother’s medical records under the Access to Healthcare Medical Records Act 1990. This was so that she could provide fresh evidence to call for a new inquiry into her mother’s death. Amongst other submissions, the issue was whether the word ‘claim’ appearing in the statute would include a public remedy by way of an inquest.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB Law, Queen Mary University of London – Upper Second Class Honours (2008)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School – Very Competent (2010)
  • Mentor with the Inner Temple.
  • Member of the British Iranian Lawyers Association

News & events

News & events

The importance of a basis of plea

This is an article on the recent Court of Appeal judgment in R v Ayoub Belkaid [2018] EWCA Crim 2488 were Martin Khoshdel represented Ayoub Belkaid, the Appellant, from the outset until his successful appeal against sentence.

22nd February 2019 Read more