Project Description


Richard Martin

Richard heads up our advisory and dispute resolution work as well as leading on our mental health awareness training. He joined byrne∙dean in 2013 following a 20 year employment law career with city and international law firms. Having trained with Gouldens he became a partner in that firm and then an equity partner in worldwide firm Jones Day upon the merger of those firms in 2003. Subsequently he joined Speechly Bircham as a partner, becoming head of the 26 strong employment law team and serving on the firm’s management committee.
As well as advising clients on the whole range of employment related issues, therefore, he has extensive management experience at group and firm level. Richard also has a strong interest in mental health issues, having had his own lived experiences and undertaken foundation level studies in psychotherapy and counselling. He is also a qualified coach, having graduated on the Mastered programme at Meyler Campbell.

He therefore brings to his work a wide range of interests, skills and perspectives. His approach to any issue is to understand what is happening at the human, emotional level. He also is a confident facilitator. He recognised in byrne∙dean the opportunity to bring together his wide ranging experiences into a more creative and “whole” approach to workplace issues. He plays a key role in the development of our own business as well as supporting clients with theirs.

Summary CV

  • St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (BA)
  • College of Law, York
  • Regent’s University London (SPCP) Foundation in Psychotherapy and Counselling and ongoing study towards MA
Career History
  • 1993 – 1995: Trainee, Gouldens
  • 1995 – 2002: Assistant solicitor, Gouldens
  • 2002 – 2006: Partner, Gouldens and then Jones Day
  • 2006 – 2013: Partner, Speechly Bircham
  • 2013: Joined byrne·dean