Martine Fleming is recommended in the Legal 500 UK 2021 Directory.
Martine was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. Apart from a brief period working in London, Martine has spent her legal career in the Isle of Man where she headed up a local practice for many years.
In 2020 Martine was involved in advising the trustee of Isle of Man trusts in respect of high profile divorce proceedings in the High Court in London, including two applications to the Isle of Man Court on behalf of the trustee. Along with Andy Bridson, Martine was involved in the recent high profile mistake case of Smith & Another v Athol Administration Limited  which confirmed the law of the Isle of Man could follow the principles set out in the English Supreme Court decision in Pitt v Holt .
Martine practices in the areas of trusts, estates, wealth planning, and corporate and company commercial law. She specialises in assisting in complex trusts and estates and the particular difficulties which can be experienced by both trustees and beneficiaries. Martine has been involved for both trustees and beneficiaries in beneficiary disputes, document requests for trusts, trustee involvement in divorce cases, breach of trust and validity of trust issues. She particularly specialises in advising trustees in respect of trusts “in crisis” and has been praised for her practical advice and timely assistance to protect their interests. Martine regularly advises on the construction of trust documentation, proposed trustee actions, cross-jurisdictional issues and undertakes drafting work for trust clients.
Martine has over 20 years experience of assisting clients in wealth and estate planning. She brings her knowledge of trust and estate law to assist clients to consider the legal and practical aspects of will and trust arrangements, explaining often complex concepts in a simple, and easily understandable manner.
Martine is also experienced in all matters of Isle of Man company law and regularly advises local companies, banks and corporate service providers on Isle of Man company law, Isle of Man insolvency law, director responsibilities and employment matters.
Martine’s knowledge and experience of advising within the financial services regulatory framework in the Isle of Man, adds a valuable dimension to her advice to those in the corporate and trust service industry.
Martine has published several articles on Isle of Man trusts and asset protection and is the co-author of the Isle of Man chapter of “International Trust Laws” (Jordan).
Professional Qualifications: Solicitor in England and Wales (Admitted 1999). Registered Legal Practitioner (Isle of Man).
Education: University of Oxford M.A.
College of Law, Chester.
Memberships: Law Society of England and Wales (1999). STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (2005)). Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.