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Martin Ward, Principal Associate

Martin Ward

Principal Associate

Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Banking and finance
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement

Practice notes

Martin is a principal associate in our Financial Services Disputes and Investigations team. Martin has over 10 years’ experience in finance litigation specialising in motor, asset and invoice finance for major banks, captive finance houses, and independents. Martin also provides regulatory and compliance advice to financial services clients.

Martin regularly deals with debt and guarantee claims, return of goods actions, conversion claims, complex issues regarding title to goods, and claims against financial service clients. Martin also has experience of fraud actions, protecting his clients’ interests through urgent applications for delivery up of goods and freezing injunctions. In 2013, Martin successfully acted for Volvo in a leading decision on innocent purchasers: VFS Financial Services Ltd v JF Plant Tyres Ltd [2013] EWHC 346 (QB).

In 2016, Martin was seconded to Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited for 6 months as a Regulatory Lawyer in their legal function. Also, in 2016, Martin assisted the FLA with its standard on financial crime prevention in motor finance credit application processing.

Between 2007-2012, Martin was an in house Legal Counsel at HSBC Bank plc for five years, principally acting for HSBC Invoice Finance and HSBC Equipment Finance. In that role, Martin gained an excellent understanding what clients want from their legal advisors. He also gained invaluable insight into how asset-based financiers operate, sitting with the credit and risk function.

Martin is noted as a ‘key player’ in Banking Litigation in the West Midlands in the 2016 Legal 500. Martin has spoken at conferences held by the FLA and the BVRLA, and contributes to journals on asset and motor finance. Martin is a Fellow of the Leasing Foundation.