Martin graduated from Monash University with a B. Juris., LL B. in 1973. He was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1974 and commenced to practise as a solicitor on his own account in Hawthorn in 1975 until signing the Roll of Counsel in 1986. He was admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales in 1987. He was appointed as a Queens Counsel in Victoria in 1998.
He practises in Family Law and Domestic Relationships matters in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, the Family Court of Western Australia and in the Supreme Courts of the States and Territories. He frequently presents papers at seminars and conferences and has written on issues relating to Family Law in professional journals. He is a qualified Family Law Arbitrator and he regularly teaches family law arbitration at the basic and advanced level.
He was the chairman of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1983 to 1985. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australia Journal of Family Law. He was a member of the executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia between 2000 and 2012. He was chairman of the Section in 2005. In 2022 he was made a life member of the Family Law Section and AIFLAM. He was awarded an AM in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.