Martin Emmison


Martin has a niche motor collector practice and continues to do domestic and US derived commercial work.

The motor practice arises from Martin's lifetime enthusiasm for sports and racing cars. The clients are a mixture of dealers, brokers, restorers, race preparers and major collectors from all parts of the world, in this specialised but growing area of commercial activity. Martin handles regularly cross border sales and exchanges of very expensive vehicles, and is experienced in the import, taxation and registration issues. He also handles resolution of the disputes that inevitably arise in this area, with the help of the firm’s litigation department where matters become seriously contentious.

On the corporate side Martin handles shareholders’ agreements, raising of capital, advice to individual shareholders and directors and the sale and purchase of businesses. Martin is rigorous in his efforts to keep documents short and to the point.


Martin joined Crossman Block & Keith as a trainee in 1968, qualified as a Solicitor in 1971 and remained with Crossman Block & Keith and successor firms as a partner until 1996. For two years Martin was seconded to law firms in New York, Toronto and San Francisco. He joined Rowe & Maw in 1996 and became a partner at Goodman Derrick in 1999 and a consultant in 2017.


  • Jesus College, Cambridge

Out of the office

Married with two grown-up children, Martin lives in a fifteenth century farmhouse in Essex. The family also owns a variety of old sport cars and a Thames river punt, and most of Martin's non working time is taken up maintaining, using and competing in these.