Martin Spencer QC

Martin Spencer QC is a leading clinical negligence barrister, whose practice at Hailsham Chambers involves 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.

Spencer 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 of 2nd October 2017, Spencer has been appointed to be a Justice of the High Court.

As chair of the EWI, Spencer 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.

Spencer 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.