Martine Kushner Family

Call: 1980


‘Martine Kushner always fights her clients corner’ Legal500

Martine spent her early years at the Bar undertaking a common law practice including family, crime and personal injury. She has since specialised in family work covering all fields and representing all sides, parents, Local Authorities and children.

She is a regular lecturer for Jordan’sPublishers for HumanRights, private and public law and has chaired a number of conferences on the medical aspects of child abuse including so-called ‘shaken baby syndrome’

Martine co-authored ‘Family Law and the Human Rights Act 1998. She has been ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners for a number of years and is described as an incisive practitioner. She is known for fearless cross examination.

Qualifications and Appointments:

LLB Hons, MA Business Law, Jules Thorne Scholar,

Recorder  and authorised to sit in the County and Crown Courts  – Care, Family, Crime and Civil

Articles and Publications:

Family Law and the Human Rights Act 1998


  • British Agency for Adoption and Fostering
  • Association of Lawyers
  • Family Law Association.

Family Finance Team

Martine undertakes mid to high level work.  Most of her cases involve a complicating factor such as business/farm assets or 3rd party intervenors.  She tries hard to resolve matters and is acutely aware of the financial AND emotional costs to her clients. She is a skilled negotiator intent on getting the best deal for her client.  Nevertheless, when she has to fight, she will do so and she particularly 'enjoys the chase' when there is an allegation of hidden away assets.

She regularly lectures in this field

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Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse

Martine has wide experience in this area 10 years sitting as a Recorder (part time judge) has given her an extra perspective and a deep understanding of the emotions which swirl around when relationships end. Many of the complex cases involve allegations of abuse and she is able to draw on her expertise in the related fields of care work and crime.

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Public Law Care and Adoption

Martine has, literally, decades of experience appearing regualrly in the High Court.  She has a particualr interest in cases involving allegations of Non Accidental Injury, sexual abuse or neglect.  Her experience as an advocate and as a Recorder (part time Judge) in a number of fields including crime and personal injury, gives her particular forensic skills in this field.  She feels strongly that she should balance representation of parents, Local Authortiies and children so that she knows 'how the other side ticks'.

She regularly lectures in this field and is regularly invited to lecture to individual firms of solicitors on recent or complex changes in the law

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