Martyn Bennett specialises in family law and particularly in money
cases. He regularly undertakes big, complex or otherwise demanding money
cases, e.g. he was Junior Counsel for the husband in the reported case
of Vickery v Vickery (1992).
He has experience of and is interested in money cases involving novel points of law e.g. jurisdiction to appeal from Magistrates on refusal to remit arrears Allen v Allen (reported 1985); applying for a Periodical Payments Order against one self: Simister v Simister (reported 1986); power to extend Term Maintenance Orders: Jones v Jones (reported 2000); setting aside a consent ancillary relief order: Williams v Lindley (reported 2005). In Re: Y Mental Incapacity: Bone Marrow Transplant (reported 1996) he acted successfully for the patient seeking consent to the donation of bone marrow from her incapacitated sister. He acted for the Queen’s Proctor in the Bolton “sham marriage” cases. He also undertakes Public Law Children cases some of which have been high profile.
This has also led him to undertake some family law related QBD work, such as, negligence of Social Workers (F v Wirral MBC) (reported 1991) and Judicial Review work, e.g. refusal of housing benefit, declining application to foster disabled children.
As well as ancillary relief and children work he is regularly instructed in TOLATA and Inheritance Act claims.
His interest in family law has led him to publish, over several years, a number of articles in Family Law Magazine, most recently on Variation of Ante and Post Nuptial Settlements (2007).