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Martin’s diverse career – journalist, guitarist, lawyer – means he has the life experience and the professional expertise to provide what his clients want when it matters – excellent technical advice, combined with practical solutions.

With a strong common law background, Martin is an expert litigator. He has significant commissions of inquiry and royal commissions experience. He has a unique insight and empathy into how the various parties to a dispute perceive the same circumstances that are the nub of the issue.

As a musician, his clients trust him to explain the complexities of intellectual property law so they avoid pitfalls and take advantage of opportunities. Martin also works with his clients to protect their intellectual property assets through trademark registration and copyright advice and litigation.

Martin also works in the not-for-profit team, providing advice to clients from the not-for-profit sector. This includes governance and regulatory compliance advice, drafting commercial contracts and undertaking property transactions.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Not for profit work
  • Public Inquiries, Royal Commissions & Special Projects


  • Business Matters Newsletter - September 2012
    • Published 04 Sep 2012
    • The second edition of 'Business Matters' features - Getting Caught in the Social Net(work); Private Ancillary Fund Shake-Up; Crowd Funding Gets Attention & SMS with a Lock in Contract.
  • Business Matters Newsletter - June 2012
    • Published 27 Jun 2012
    • Welcome to the first edition of ‘Business Matters’, a newsletter for Carroll and O’Dea business clients and friends.

Key Professional Achievements:

  • Martin commenced at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 2007 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008.
  • In 2013 Martin completed his Masters of Law at the University of Sydney and was the recipient of the Gustav and Emma Bondy Prize for Jurisprudence that year.
  • Before commencing his career as a solicitor at Carroll and O’Dea, Martin worked as a journalist and writer. He continues to write as a regular contributor in experimental music publications.
  • As a musician, has written and produced a number of records, one of which was one of fifty records nominated for the Australian Music Prize in 2015.