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 qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator in 1998.
He practises in Family Law and Domestic Relationships matters in the Family Law Courts and in the Supreme Courts of the States and Territories. He is an arbitrator and also conducts mediations.
He frequently presents papers at seminars and conferences and has written on issues relating to Family Law in professional journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Family Law.
He was the chairman of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1983 to 1985. 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 Family Law Section in 2005.
He was awarded an AM in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.