Martin Ward

Specialist in:

Martin’s practice encompasses all areas of private law children work, with particular experience of representing parents embroiled in intractable disputes, often involving highly contentious relationship histories (recent cases have included allegations of domestic slavery and radicalisation). Applications to permit relocation of children is another area of particular expertise, with recent cases involving applications for removal of children to rural Spain, the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China. His pragmatic approach to resolving children-related disputes promotes parties finding innovative solutions where differences had appeared insurmountable.


specialises in financial claims when family relationships end. Typically the cases upon which he is instructed include one or more of the following elements:

  • Analysis of business accounts;
  • Company shareholdings and business valuations;
  • Assets held offshore;
  • Hidden wealth and other forms of material non-disclosure;
  • Atypical financial resources that demand special consideration, e.g. farms, art collections, trust funds; and
  • Domestic and overseas enforcement of financial orders, including the tracing of assets.

Recent cases have involved tracing hidden assets in the UK, Russia, France, China and Hong Kong, working with local lawyers and enquiry agents to achieve disclosure of properties, investments and business interests.

Martin is a qualified arbitrator (MCIArb) and IFLA member working in the area of Family Finance and can be instructed through Chambers to conduct Family Finance arbitrations, Early Neutral Evaluations/private FDRs, or to represent clients at the same.

Reported cases
10th October 2000 | Jordan's

W v W (Nullity: Gender) [2001] 1 FLR 324

Nullity – Void marriage – Man applying for decree of nullity on ground that wife not female at time of marriage – Proper biological test to be applied.


Many of Martin’s private children and family finance cases involve an international element. He has particular experience of child relocation cases and financial claims requiring the identification and valuation of oversea assets.

Professional Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn
Family Law Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association
Industrial Law Society

Data Protection

Martin Ward's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) registration number is Z4586784.
Please see here for his Data Privacy Notice.