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Key practice areas: Class Actions & Major Projects
Location: Melbourne (VIC)
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
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
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
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