Martin Hodgson

Call: 1980

Specialist in

Direct Access


With over 35 years’ experience across several practice areas, popular Social Housing Barrister Martin Hodgson is dedicated to using the law to champion his clients’ rights, and fight injustice. An exceptionally experienced and respected lawyer, Martin has a deep understanding of many areas of law, including Civil, Family and Criminal Law, and has specialised in Social and Private Housing and related Public Law litigation for the last 20 years. Martin has a particular interest in the relationship between housing and family life, and is committed to protecting private sector tenants from unscrupulous landlords. Martin was a finalist in the 2019 Legal aid lawyer of the year awards in the category of Legal aid Barrister of the year, described by the winner as ‘an unsung hero of the Bar.’ In the past Martin has given seminars to solicitors on aspects of housing, family and personal injury law. He firmly believes that homelessness and the threat of homelessness is a devastating blow to family life and will always try to make himself available to assist where loss of the home is at risk. He accepts work from direct access clients.

What the directories say

Chambers & Partners, 2015
Praised by sources as an excellent advocate for vulnerable clients. He advises on a range of housing matters, including appeals against the Housing Act, and is described as having “a brilliant legal mind.”
Strengths: “He has such a great way with clients. He’s experienced, persistent and appropriately cautious.”
Recent work: “He is respected for his work for the tenants in Sharif v Camden LBC.”


Inns Of Court Bar Vocational Course
Polytechnic of Central London BA (Hons) Law
Worth School

Professional Memberships

South Eastern Circuit
Hon. Society of Middle Temple




Martin is recognised by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in the area of social housing.

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