Sir Martin Spencer

Sir Martin Spencer is a Justice of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division. Previously, he was a leading clinical negligence barrister, whose practice at Hailsham Chambers involved all aspects of clinical negligence, with particular expertise in complex high quantum claims, representing both claimants and defendants. Significant cases include Chester v Afshar [2005] 1 AC 134. House of Lords, a leading case on causation and the duty to warn in clinical negligence, and Daniels v Walker [2000] 1 WLR 1382 Court of Appeal, on the use of joint experts under the CPR.

Sir Martin was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 2003. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2001 and authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2017.

As chair of the EWI, Sir Martin is focused on ensuring the Institute continues to lead in supporting experts from all professional disciplines, raising standards through training and education and representing their views across a wide range of stakeholders.

Sir Martin has a law degree and MA (jurisprudence) from Oxford University, and studied as a Danish Government Scholar in Copenhagen. He has delivered numerous lectures and contributed to a number of publications in the UK and Denmark.