Martin Rutherford QC

1990 Year of Call 2015 QC

Martin is Head of Chambers at 15 New Bridge Street. He is an expert in defending cases involving allegations of Murder, serious organised crime, multi-million pound fraud, and complex and emotive allegations of sexual assault.

Meticulous with detail, Martin’s reputation is simply that of an outstanding advocate and a superb courtroom tactician.

Instruction

Martin understands the power of social media and is fully aware of its advantages.  However, he chooses not to advertise within it because of its tendency to allow people to exaggerate their own abilities. His work comes instead primarily from first-hand sources, particularly solicitors and/or clients who see him appear in court as a result of which they ask him to appear for them.  Whilst their reasons for doing so are many, the dominant ones appear to be a desire to boost their chances of an acquittal, or alternatively a desire to achieve a reduction in sentence.

 

Recent Cases

Murder and attempted murder

R v HP – Gangland shooting, client acquitted of all charges.

R v NL – Joint-enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of all charges.

R v QA – Joint-enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of murder.

R v JW – Joint-enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of murder.

R v MC – Near fatal acid attack, client acquitted of all charges.

 

Fraud

R v YL – Deaf defendant charged with multi-million pound fraud. Client acquitted of all charges.

R v IS – London so-called graffiti king. Client acquitted of all charges.

R v CC – Nurse charged with falsifying notes in diabetic ward. Client acquitted of all charges.

 

Serious organised crime

R v YM – Allegation of gun running. Client acquitted of all charges.

Other Experience

Martin is regularly asked by Lincoln’s Inn to train advocacy to pupil barristers and qualified barristers alike.

“His disarming nature coupled with his assured delivery make him a formidable opponent in the most serious of cases. Calm under pressure. Excellent rapport with the jury. Strategic thinker. Tactically astute. Hard-working. Highly personable.” (Legal 500, 2021) 

“His ability to spot a point others might have missed and deploy it to maximum effect is compelling.” (Legal 500, 2020)

He instinctively knows how to run and present a case.” (Legal 500, 2019) 

 

Qualifications

BA (Hons.) English

Diploma in Law

 

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

 

Appointments

Queen’s Counsel (2015)

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