Martin Davis

  • Year of Call 2010


Martin has an established practice in Property, Family and Licencing Law. Martin's career in the law began when he qualified as a solicitor in 2006. His interest in advocacy led him to obtain his Higher Rights of Audience in 2010, which gave him access to complex cases in the County and High Court. The move to be called to the Bar in 2011 was a natural extension of his commitment to advocacy as a speciality.  

Prior to coming to the Bar, Martin has had the advantage of working in-house as a senior lawyer for a large Local Authority taking on countless cases demanding a comprehensive knowledge of commercial property law, including disrepair (liability and quantum), housing, service charge disputes, possession, tenancy succession, trespass, anti-social behaviour orders and committals. He also advised the Local Authority in all aspects of licensing law.

His interests in social housing has found further expression in the area of Family Law and the impact on the breakdown of relationships on individuals, who are often facing a range of issues such as applications for occupation orders, transfers of tenancies, and fact-findings in respect of domestic violence.

Martin has acted for parents in all forms of Private and Public Law proceedings, as well as acting for Local Authorities. He is known for his sensitive handling of difficult cases - often for highly vulnerable clients. 

Martin has vast experience of working along side professional and lay clients to ensure that their needs are met and communicated effectively to the relevant tribunal.

Martin always strives to provide clients with thorough, honest and effective representation with a view to obtaining the best results possible.


Martin has advised and appeared in countless cases relating to commercial property, landlord and tenant, housing, disrepair (liability and quantum), service charge disputes, possession, succession, trespass, anti-social behaviour orders and committals


Martin has a growing practice in Family Law and has acted for clients in all forms of Private and Public proceedings as well as acting for Local Authorities.


Martin advises on all aspects of licensing law. He both prosecutes and defends licensing applications and has expertise in all aspects of the licencing of premises, including alcohol and entertainmeent licences, gambling licences, applications for extended hours, as well as advising on breaches. 

He assists with drafting initial applications for licences and provides a comprehensive service designed to enhance clients' prospects of a successful outcome or appeal.


LLB Hons (Essex)



Social Housing Law Association
Family Bar Association 
Association of Lawyers for Children
Property Bar Association 


What clients say about Martin:

"Martin is a tiptop advocate who provides outstanding adocacy and advice for the Council.  He has dealt with a variety of cases including anti-social behaviour, committals and possession proceedings, disrepair noise abatement and regulatory offences especially thosei nvolving housing issues.  He repeatedly provides high quality advice that can be relied on.  He is an excellent communicator and builds rapport with clients.  He is also accomplished when dealing with all issues of licencing and enforcement." - Elsie Anakwue,  Solicitor, Southend Council

Following the hearing I was contacted by one of the trustees of the woman’s aid organisation who refers clients to me, who specifically wanted to pass on feedback to me. I am pleased to say that the comments that were made about Martin were exceptional – Martin was attentive, sympathetic and explained everything through thoroughly. The client and her interpreter could not have sung his praises any more highly.” – Karen Nicholson, Levy Solicitors

Excellent result and happy client.” - Terri Allington, Solicitor, Moss & Coleman Solicitors



Direct Access

Martin is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Martin on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at 

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice - General Data Protection Regulation – Martin Davis

Please read the following information carefully.

This privacy notice contains information about the information collected, stored and otherwise processed about you and the reasons for the processing. It also tells you who I share this information with, the security mechanisms I have put in place to protect your data and how to contact me in the event you need further information. 

Who Am I? 

I am a barrister practising at 33 Bedford Row Chambers, 33 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH. I collect, use and am responsible for personal information about you (personal information being any information about an individual from which that person can be identified). When I do this I am the ‘controller’ of this information for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018. If you need to contact me about your data or the processing carried out you can use the contact details at the end of this document.

What do I do with your information?

Information collected

When carrying out the provision of legal services or otherwise providing services to you I collect personal information that you provide that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a)  personal details (including copies of documents such as passports and driving licences)

(b)  family details

(c)  lifestyle and social circumstances

(d)  goods and services

(e)  financial details

(f)  education, training and employment details

(g)  other personal data relevant to, or included in, instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

In relation to (g) above, such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners.  Where you provide such personal information to me, you confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide to these individuals the information set out in this Privacy Notice. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Similarly, where you are a professional client and provide me with personal data relating to your client (including any information referenced in (f) above) you confirm that you are authorised to do so.

Information collected from other sources 

The personal information I obtain may include information which has been obtained from:

In particular, I may collect information from a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser that instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

How I use your personal information

Purposes: I may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  1. to provide legal services to my clients, including the provision of legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  2. to keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  3. to take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  4. to respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  5. to check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  6. to promote and market my services
  7. to carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  8. to train other barristers and  pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  9. to publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  10. as required or permitted by law.

Whether information has to be provided by you and why

If I have been instructed by you or on your behalf on a case, your personal information has to be provided to enable me to provide legal services to you, to enable me to comply with my professional obligations and to keep accounting records. If you do not provide the personal information requested, it may delay or prevent me providing services to you.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal information?

I rely on the following as the lawful bases on which I collect and use your personal information:

Where I rely on legitimate interests as a lawful basis for processing your personal information, I will carry out a balancing test by reference to your interests and fundamental rights and freedoms. I will only use your personal information for the purposes for which I collected it, unless I reasonably consider I need to use if for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

Who will I share your personal information with?

If you are a client, some of the information you provide will be protected by legal professional privilege unless and until the information becomes public in the course of any proceedings or otherwise. As a barrister I have an obligation to keep your information confidential, except where it otherwise becomes public or is disclosed as part of the case or proceedings.

It may be necessary to share your information with the following:

If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.

Other People

I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.

I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required or permitted by law. 

Data Processing

I use a number of different service providers (acting as ‘data processors’) who provide administration and  IT-related services to enable me to operate my business and provide services to clients. Your personal information is transferred to (and stored by) these data processors, who generally fall under the following categories:

Please contact me using the details at the end of this document if you want further information on specific data processors or the types of personal data they process for me.  Further information in relation to the systems operated by Chambers in acting as a data processor for me can be obtained from the Senior Clerk.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA in any particular case. However, if you reside outside the EEA or your case involves persons or organisations or courts and tribunals outside the EEA then it may be necessary to transfer some of your data to that country outside of the EEA for that purpose.

If you are in a country outside the EEA or if the instructions you provide come from outside the EEA then it is inevitable that information will be transferred to those countries. If this applies to you and you wish additional precautions to be taken in respect of your information please indicate this when providing initial instructions.

Some countries and organisations outside the EEA have been assessed by the European Commission and their data protection laws and procedures found to show adequate protection. The list can be found on its website. Most do not.

If your information has to be transferred outside the EEA, then it may not have the same protections and you may not have the same rights as you would within the EEA.

I may transfer your personal information to the following which are located outside the European Economic Area (EEA):

If I decide to publish a judgment or other decision of a Court or Tribunal containing your information then this will be published to the world. 

I will not otherwise transfer personal information outside the EEA except as necessary for providing legal services or for any legal proceedings.

How long will I store your personal data? 

A retention of data policy is attached to this online profile which sets out how long I retain personal information and the reasons why I adopt certain retention periods. A hard copy of this policy is available on request by contacting me, Martin Davis, via the 33 Bedford Row clerks.


As explained above, I am relying on your explicit consent to process any of your personal information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.  You provided this consent when you agreed that I would provide legal services. In addition, there may be other circumstances in which I rely on your explicit consent to process other personal information. Where the lawful basis on which I can process your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time. If you withdraw you consent this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing activity I have carried out prior to you notifying me of the withdrawal of your consent. Further, withdrawal of your consent will not affect the lawfulness of processing on any other applicable lawful basis (for example, if you have asked me to work for you and I have spent time on your case, you may owe me money which I will be entitled to claim). To withdraw consent, you should notify me by contacting me as set out at the end of this document.

Your rights 

Under the GDPR, you have a number of rights that you can exercise in certain circumstances. These are free of charge. In summary, you may have the right to:

  1. Ask for access to your personal information and other supplementary information;
  2. Ask for correction of mistakes in your data or to complete missing information I hold on you;
  3. Ask for your personal information to be erased, in certain circumstances (though please note that I may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request).
  4. Receive a copy of the personal information you have provided to me or have this information sent to a third party (note this applies to certain data only). This will be provided to you or the third party in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format,
  5. Object at any time to processing of your personal information for direct marketing; object in certain other situations to the continued processing of your personal information;
  6. Restrict my processing of your personal information in certain circumstances;
  7. Request not to be the subject to automated decision-making which produces legal effects that concern you or affects you in a significant way. If you want more information about your rights under the GDPR please see the Guidance from the Information Commissioners Office on Individual's rights under the GDPR.

If you want to exercise any of these rights, please contact me  using the contact details at the end of this document. Please provide a contact address so that you can be contacted to request further information to verify your identity and in addition:

Keeping your data secure

I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, telephone or post about invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to make a complaint?

You may contact me or my Chambers via the contact details given below. The GDPR also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners’ Office if you are in the UK, or with the supervisory authority of the Member State where you work, normally live or where the alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted at

Future processing

I do not intend to process your personal information except for the reasons and purposes stated within this privacy notice. If this changes, this privacy notice will be amended and placed on Chambers website. 

Changes to this privacy notice 

This privacy notice was last updated on 1 January 2020. I may change this policy from time to time. When I do it will be placed on Chambers website. 

Contact details

If you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information I hold about you, please contact me or my clerks.  The best way to contact me is to contact my clerks by email at or by telephone at +44 (0) 20 7242 6476. You may also contact me by post at 33 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH, marking the envelope and letter as a ‘data protection [query or complaint] for the attention of Martin Davis’.