Martin Seaward

Year of Call: 1978

PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury

OVERVIEW

Martin Seaward’s practice focuses on personal injury, inquiries and inquests work. He specialises in the Fire and military services and is instructed in many of the most serious cases affecting the health, safety and pension rights of operational personnel. He is also an accredited mediator specialising in resolving personal injury, pension and housing disputes including landlord and tenant.

Martin further specialises in similar claims on behalf of service personnel or their bereaved dependents, usually against the Ministry of Defence. Martin has a significant caseload of serious brain and spinal injuries. In addition to firefighters and service personnel, his clients include pension fund trustees and administrators and fire and rescue authorities.

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS

First-tier tribunal judge in war pensions and criminal injuries.

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

Major contributor to the Bar Council's CFA Guidance

HIGHLIGHT CASES

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry (2017 and continuing), representing the FBU members involved in the emergency response on the night of the disaster.

The Stephen Hunt Inquest (2016), representing the deceased firefighter's family.

Wembridge & Os v Winter & Os [2013] EWHC 2331 [2013] All ER(D) 04 (Aug)

Gravil v. Carroll & Redruth Rugby Football Club [2008] EWCA Civ 689; [2008] 1 ICR 1222R (on the application of Marrion, Scott & Burke) v. Boards of Medical Referees & Ors [2008] EWHC 1075 (Admin); [2009] EWCA Civ 450

R (on the application of Walker) v Inner London Crown Court [2008] EWHC 307 (Admin)

R (on the application of LFEPA) v. Board of Medical Referees & Callaghan [2008] EWCA Civ 1515; [2009] ICR 697

Inquests into the deaths of submariners caused by an explosion aboard a nuclear submarine (2009), of firefighters at the Marley Farm fireworks factory (ongoing), of firefighters at the Atherstone Warehouse (ongoing).