Practice area(s): Class actions
Martin Hyde is a Principal in the firm's Major Projects department in Melbourne. He joined Maurice Blackburn in March 2007 and is currently working on the Bushfire Class Action.
Martin previously conducted the Centro Class Action, which went to trial in March 2012. The case settled after 37 days of hearing for $200 million, which is the largest ever class action settlement in Australia.
He was also part of the legal team representing indigenous land owners in their Federal Court challenge to the placement of a nuclear waste dump on Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.
Martin studied philosophy, anthropology and English literature at Sydney University before going to study at Cambridge University. After graduating from Cambridge with an honours degree in law in 1998, he returned to Australia where he worked as a prosecutions officer with the New South Wales Department of Public Prosecutions.
In 2000, Martin went back to the United Kingdom to work at Travers Smith Solicitors, one of London's premier law firms. At Travers Smith he worked on a wide range of matters including the multi-billion dollar Enron shareholder class action; a negligence claim against London's largest law firm; and a worldwide freezing injunction obtained on behalf of a foreign government.
In London, Martin also worked on death row cases on behalf of convicted prisoners from Trinidad and Tobago and he was a trustee of the London Capital Cases Trust, the body that oversees final appeals by Caribbean death row prisoners to the Privy Council.
In 2004, Martin was awarded the YSG Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the Law Society of England and Wales in the medium-sized firm category. He was also the recipient of the Chairman's Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Solicitors Pro Bono Group Awards.