May Martin

Called 2019


May has a busy practice which focuses on employment, personal injury, and clinical negligence. She joined Chambers in 2021 after completing pupillage under the supervision of Andrew Sugarman and Stuart Jamieson.

May recently completed a secondment in the employment team at a leading firm of solicitors. Whilst on secondment, she gained experience of clients within the healthcare and public service sector and understands the additional considerations required when instructed by such clients. May is regularly instructed to conduct preliminary and final hearings on behalf of both Claimants and Respondents. She has experience across the full range of employment law matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, and victimisation.

As part of her personal injury practice, May is frequently instructed in both fast track and small claims matters. She has experience across a range of personal injury matters, including road traffic accidents, injuries involving animals, employers’ liability and claims against highway authorities.

May is developing a clinical negligence practice and has recently advised on a case involving a negligent failure to provide appropriate cancer treatment. She also undertakes inquests which involve an element of clinical negligence.

Prior to joining Chambers, May graduated from the University of Oxford with a First. She worked as a Judicial Assistant in the High Court, and spent time volunteering in Greece to provide legal aid to refugees.

Areas of Expertise

May accepts instructions from both Claimants and Respondents. She has experience conducting preliminary and final hearings. She has a particular interest in claims involving discrimination. Recent cases include:


May accepts instructions across the full range of personal injury. She has significant experience in road traffic cases, credit hire, and cases proceeding under the RTA or EL/PL Protocols. Recent cases have included:

  • Representing a Claimant who was injured by a horse bite.
  • Advising a Claimant who had been knocked from a motorcycle and suffered serious injuries.
  • Advising on a claim for provisional damages following a serious leg injury suffered in an accident at work.

May recently appeared before the Independent Review Panel in a case concerning the decision to permanently exclude a pupil from school. This is an area of May’s practice that she is interested in developing further.

May is developing a clinical negligence practice, having experienced a wide range of high-value clinical negligence work during pupillage. May is also a member of the Inquests team and undertakes inquests involving an element of clinical negligence.

May has a keen interest in inquest work given her growing clinical negligence practice & is keen to develop her practice in this area. May is happy to accept instructions on behalf of the family & Interested Parties

  • PIBA
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • University of Oxford - BA (Jurisprudence) - First Class Honours 
  • University of Law Leeds – BPTC – Outstanding
  • Senior Advocacy Scholar, The University of Law Leeds 
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award 
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award 
  • Hertford College Prize for FHS Performance