Martin Hawkes


Martin originally qualified as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1989. He was a tenant in a Common Law Set which specialised in criminal advocacy. In 1995  Martin left the Bar to become a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts) and shortly after also gained his Duty Solicitor Status. He has represented clients facing the full range of criminal allegations including Murder, High Value Fraud, Money Laundering and the largest Drugs Case in British History.

Alongside serious criminal allegations, Martin also specialises in Motoring Law and regularly defends those facing prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Martin appears before the Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts on a daily basis and frequently conducts trials.

With over 20 years experience as a Criminal Lawyer, Martin is noted for his forceful approach to protecting his client’s interests and his persuasive advocacy style. Client’s comment on Martins ability to instantly provide the reassurance that they are in safe hands when facing allegations which may have serious consequences for them.

Away from law, Martin enjoys painting, spending time with his young family and is an avid Newcastle United fan.

Professional Memberships
  • Duty Solicitor covering West London, Surrey and East Berkshire.
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association. (LCCSA)
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
  • Amnesty International

Associated Cases

Operation Bizet – Guildford Crown Court 2012

Multi handed case involved a conspiracy to obtain property by deception. The case concerned a serious bank card scam against vulnerable elderly victims. Alleged that the Defendats worked as bank employees and couriers and managed to scam thousands of pounds.

R v CD – Reading Crown Court 2013

Allegation of Murder. It is said by the Prosecution that the Defendant drove into a group of males in Ascot following an earlier altercation between a group who were fighting each other.

R v Clinton (Jon-Jacques) Reported case [2012] EWCA Crim 2 – Reading Crown Court 2012

Represented defendant accused of murdering his wife after he was subjected to numerous taunts, including suggestions of infidelity. The defendant raised the new partial defence of “loss of control” under s.54 and s.55 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The defence was withdrawn from the jury by the trial judge on the basis that sexual infidelity could not be raised as a defence under the legislation. The client was subsequently convicted. ABV Solicitors took over the case at this point, and on appeal, the conviction was quashed and the court of appeal ordered a re-trial. The client subsequently pleaded to murder before the re-trial and received a reduced sentence. The case is now the leading authority on “loss of control” in murder cases.

Operation Gladesville – Old Bailey 2012

Represented one of two defendants charged with the murder of another young male after a drunken brawl resulted in death. Case raised issues of joint enterprise and causation.

Operation Coal – Reading Crown Court 2011

Successfully represented Defendant charged with Conspiracy to Murder which was alleged to have involved sustained retribution attack including a shooting incident and arson by a number of defendants following a serious assault in the Slough area on one of their friends. Application to dismiss the case successful in respect of our client.

R v M – Reading Crown Court 2011

Represented head doorman of a nightclub in Milton Keynes who was charged with the Murder of his partner in High Wycombe.

R v S and Others – Reading Crown Court 2011

Successfully defended client charged with a Multi- handed Murder investigated by Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit. Involved the Arson attack on a house in Maidenhead. Secured the acquittal of one of the defendants who had originally fled to India following the incident.