"Good judgement and honest, with fantastic attention to detail. Clearly on top of the papers, knows his case well, and is incisive in putting across that case through cross-examination and submissions." Legal 500 2021
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 Employment, Commercial, Construction, Intellectual Property, Aviation, Insolvency, Inquests, Civil Fraud, Property, Judicial Review, Health & Safety, Regulatory, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Serious Crime.
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 and extensive experience in criminal defence where he developed his courtroom advocacy regularly defending in a variety of trials. He has experience cross examining experts and relishes the challenge. Coupled with his civil and commercial 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 quickly and effectively. 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 appellate instructions at all instances through to the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
Martin accepts instructions in respect of Inquests. He draws on his previous Criminal Defence and jury trials experience which prove invaluable to clients. He understands the sensitive and distressing nature of cases on his clients given the very fabric of cases that are dealt with by the Coronial Courts. He accepts instructions in Article 2 inquests where death has occurred whilst in prison, police custody, in hospital, whilst under secure escort and whilst in the care of local authorities. He also appears in inquests involving private care homes.
Martin is a keen aviation enthusiast with a particular interest in commercial airliners. He has a wealth of knowledge of the aviation industry and aircraft from a personal interest in the principles of flight and the industry having previously wished to be pilot. His interest extends to spending time in flight simulators. As a result he brings a lot of knowledge to his cases when advising on all matters, from simple flight delay claims through to more complicated breach of contract disputes between airlines over aircraft and engine types. He has particular knowledge on Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce engines. His clients appreciate his good grasp of the aviation industry and knowledge of aircrafts and engines.
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. There is also a lot of overlap with the above practice areas resulting in regulatory action being taken.
Martin did his pupillage in Crime and had a predominant criminal practice covering General Crime. He quickly developed courtroom experience and conducted very serious cases. He has focused his practice to accept instructions representing defendants charged with serious criminal offences and accepts private instructions in criminal matters. Martin's practice covers homicide, serious violence, serious sexual offences, and serious financial crime cases.
Examples of his work over the years include:
Martin Khoshdel summarises the recent Supreme Court judgement on Vicarious Liability in Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants23rd April 2020 Read more
This is an article on the recent Court of Appeal judgment in R v Ayoub Belkaid  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