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Martin Loxley

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I am a Partner at Irwin Mitchell and specialise in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown - particularly, but not exclusively, those with larger assets and incomes. I have always been a family lawyer.

I enjoy working with, and still gain satisfaction from, helping a client resolve what can be a very emotionally draining experience.

I am a specialist in high-value ancillary relief cases involving substantial assets including pensions, co-habitee disputes (including same-sex) and international issues, as well as pre-marital agreements and private children issues.

I am a former member of the Management Board at Irwin Mitchell and currently sit on the Personal Legal Services Executive Board.


  • Regular author on ancillary relief in Family Law. I have also had articles published in "Family Law"
  • Regular lecturer to other lawyers on family law related issues, with a financial bias
  • I am frequently asked to contribute to the media on topical and high profile stories

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

My inspiration came from a desire to be analytical but wanting to be with and help people. I could not have been a medic - I'm not good with blood. I find the practical application of the law (not necessarily the academic study) the most rewarding.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

There is no doubt that helping the client is still the buzz. To start with a client who does not know where to turn and does not want to be in the position of having to see a lawyer (a bit like the dentist) and bring that client to a final conclusion where they can get on with their life is the ultimate reward.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is part of me. I have spent more than half my life working here. We are fair employers. We promote and encourage all our people. We are not afraid to be bold. We are not afraid of change. We are successful but we as a group of partners have kept our feet on the ground. We have not forgotten our roots.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

My family of two teenage daughters and a wife (who deserves the accolades, not me) are priority number one. After that it is sport and music. I should have played football for Sheffield Wednesday and been the lead singer for Led Zeppelin. Regrettably I have to make do with my dreams.


"Fantastic... a real tour de force: very down-to-earth, prepared to say it like it is and someone who will fight for his client." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Star practitioner" - Legal 500, 2018/19

Sources say Martin Loxley has been "at the top of the game for decades," describing him as a "highly respected practitioner well known for handling difficult financial cases." - Chambers & Partners 2018

Sources describe him as "absolutely fantastic" as well as "nationally known, pragmatic, and a hard negotiator." - Chambers & Partners 2016

He is "known as a market leader in family law." - Chambers & Partners 2015

"He certainly knows his way around the family law scene." - Chambers & Partners 2014

"Excels in high-value and complex cases, including cross-border matters." - Legal 500 2013

"Is extremely skilled at giving balanced advice in highly emotionally charged situations." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"Practical" Martin Loxley, who is "as experienced as they come." - Legal 500 2012

"If there is anyone better in Sheffield, I've yet to meet him." - Chambers & Partners 2012

"Very experienced and pragmatic." - Legal 500 2011

"Martin Loxley is the undisputed leader in this field locally with a strong national reputation. Martin commands the respect of all his competitors locally and nationally and his reputation is well deserved." - a Partner at DLA Piper

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 03/01/2017
    January Still Busiest Time For Divorce Enquiries

    “January is often our busiest period but it’s a bit of a myth that people who have had a terrible Christmas are sat waiting by the doors of law firms on the 3rd January. “People don’t usually contact divorce lawyers out of the blue, it is something which has been considered for a while. January is the time for New Year’s resolutions and new starts in life and that is often the prompt people need to take that formal step of ending their relationship after a difficult few months or years. “Our research and experience shows that often partners have already agreed to separate but stay together for one last Christmas with their children rather that cause a massive upheaval during the festive holidays. Our research showed that 26% of people admitted to staying in unhappy relationships ‘for the kids’."

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  • 09/12/2016
    Parents Urged To Put Kids First As Many Face Christmas Separated For First Time

    “Christmas can be a tough time of year for some as there is a huge emphasis on spending time with family and friends and it can mean there are tricky decisions for parents to make. “Modern families are now more complicated with second and third marriages more common than a decade ago and it raises more issues in terms of contact with children and other members of the family such as grandparents. “Our research has found that Christmas may be very different for both mothers and fathers with all parents potentially facing some difficult decisions and choices on behalf of their children. “We would advise people to try not to make the holiday period more stressful than it already is, especially as most children facing a separated festive period for the first time are under 15-years-old and clearly will be relying on their parents to help things run as smooth as possible. There will likely have to be compromises and agreements and it is important that children are always the first priority. “Common problems that get reported to us by divorcing couples include using Christmas presents to points score with children and not compromising on travel and contact arrangements. With the courts strongly favouring both parents being involved in a child’s life where possible, it’s important that parents try to put aside their differences and appreciate the other parent’s point of view too at this potentially tricky time of year.”

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  • 08/04/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Wins Private Client Team Of The Year Award

    “We are incredibly committed to putting our clients first at all times and to be recognised for the hard work undertaken by our expert lawyers makes me very proud. “We have a significant and growing number of high net worth private clients regionally and internationally. Our family and contentious probate teams are working on groundbreaking legal cases, highlighted perfectly by our two successful Supreme Court divorce cases last autumn. “Our Private Client teams have already built a formidable reputation on a national and regional level and we look forward to building on that in the coming months and years.”

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  • 25/01/2016
    Manchester Lawyer Is Only Divorce Expert Outside of London To Be Named On 'Hot 100' List Of 2016

    It’s great to see one of our family law team being recognised for their achievements. A large part of Ros’ success comes from the fact she dedicates herself to building such close relationships with her clients. She lives and breathes her clients’ cases and has an ability to put their needs above all else. The team behind the “Hot 100” list undertake months of research examining candidates' contributions to their firms, the legal profession and their client work to whittle them down to the final list.

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