Martina McKay

Litigation Executive

‘Every case is different but all can be incredibly stressful for those involved. It is so important to take the time to really appreciate the client’s situation and point of view. My job is not only to manage their case and achieve the best possible outcome but to help them understand their rights, where they stand and absorb some of the stress they might be feeling.’

Martina began her legal career as a Paralegal in Brighton in 2002 and with over 15 years’ experience in dealing with many different kinds of dispute, Martina joined Howlett Clarke in 2016. Today Martina is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is undertaking further qualifications in Landlord and Tenant law.

Since joining Howlett Clarke Martina has become a major player in our litigation team and is responsible for managing fast and multi-track personal injury, Landlord and Tenant disputes as well as claims relating to Northern Rock Asset Management. Over the years Martina has developed and honed her skills in handling contentious matters. Many clients have had the advantage of her acute knack for objectivity and careful management of volatile cases, all with her keen litigator’s eye and a steady hand. Every case brings its own set of challenges and Martina’s ability to make quick and key decisions is always to the client’s benefit. Reading between the lines is critical in dealing with any litigation and it’s this attention to detail that enables Martina to spot the solutions that may not always be clear. Martina’s natural approach to be sympathetic yet always professional means that our clients know that Martina is always working with their welfare at heart.

Away from work Martina spends her time enjoying relaxing pursuits and can be found with family and friends, walking her dog, reading and listening to music.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Disputes
  • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Small Claims
  • Northern Rock Asset Management

What our clients say about Martina:

‘Martina was extremely helpful – it was my first time making a claim and she made the process stress free and simple.’

News and media

  • News
    • Posted on March 22, 2017
      When personal injury claimants who are victims of life-changing injuries accept a lump sum compensation payments, the actual amount they receive is adjusted according to the interest they can expect to earn by investing it.
    • Posted on March 14, 2017
      “Shellshock” was hugely witnessed in veterans after WW1, and later “Gulf War syndrome” made the headlines in 1991 due to US and UK soldiers returning home from the war suffering symptoms of helplessness, panic, being scared, or an inability to sleep/walk/talk. Despite all of these indications, what we now know to be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is “ill defined” in army personnel even to the present day, even though it is a recognised medical condition and has been since 1980.
  • Blog
    • Posted on November 14, 2018
      The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has proposed introducing longer tenancies for private renters. If the plan, which was tabled in July this year, is put into action it would mean landlords and tenants may have to commit to a minimum three-year residential tenancy term in place of the current six to 12 month tenancy agreements. This, in my opinion, creates repercussions for everyone involved.
    • Posted on July 23, 2018
      In a recent application to the First Tier Tribunal for the appointment of a manager for a local block of flats we had the manager successfully appointed. The Freeholder, who has failed to contribute to the maintenance and management of the building for many years, decided not to represent himself in the Tribunal proceedings. A previous manager was appointed by the First Tier Tribunal in 2014, she decided to retire before her term could be renewed; her term was completely frustrated by the Freeholder’s inaction.
    • Posted on April 24, 2018
      There are a number of things to consider when becoming a landlord. What references do you need when choosing a tenant, and why? What are the pros and cons of using a letting agent? If it doesn't work out or if you want your house back, how do you evict your tentant? And how do you make sure you are up-to-date with the latest legislation, so you don't accidentally fall foul of the law?

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