Martin Reid: A Journey from Pupil to King’s Counsel at 7 Harrington Street Chambers

‘Martin Reid is the first silk from pupillage to KC from the merged Chambers of 7 Harrington Street Chambers. We are all delighted and incredibly proud’

In a recent announcement, His Majesty The King has approved the appointment of 95 barristers and solicitors as new King’s Counsel (KC) in England and Wales, including the recognition of 5 new Honorary King’s Counsel (KC Honoris Causa). Among these distinguished legal professionals is Martin Reid, a barrister who has been an integral part of the legal landscape for two decades. Martin’s remarkable journey from his roots in Liverpool to achieving the prestigious title of King’s Counsel at 7 Harrington Street Chambers is a testament to his dedication and passion for the legal profession.

Liverpool-born Martin Reid embarked on his legal journey with a Law Degree from The University of Oxford, followed by the Bar course in Manchester and pupillage at 7 Harrington Street Chambers. His familial ties to the legal world, with his father working in the court service in Liverpool, undoubtedly influenced his career choice and laid the foundation for his future success.

Working as barrister, as Martin aptly describes it, is a challenging job with significant work behind the scenes. Despite this, he finds great satisfaction in his work. Speaking about his experience at 7 Harrington Street Chambers, Martin emphasises the supportive and welcoming environment, likening it to ‘coming home’. The camaraderie and care from his colleagues have been an essential aspect of his two-decade-long career at the Chambers.

Having experienced the journey from pupillage to King’s Counsel, Martin offers valuable advice to aspiring barristers. He emphasises the importance of exploring various areas of law during pupillage, getting involved in committees, and engaging in mini-pupillages. Martin encourages prospective barristers to reach out to law firms for hands-on experience, highlighting the significant differences between academic study and practical application in the legal field.

When asked about the best moments of the announcement of his impending appointment , Martin mentions the kind messages he has received. These messages serve as a reminder of his fortune and the support he has garnered throughout his career in Liverpool.

Martin expresses gratitude to the people at 7 Harrington Street Chambers, with whom he has had the pleasure of working for a long time. Special mention is made of the dedicated Rachel Kehoe, Senior Clerk, and John Kilgallon, Practice Director, who have been with him through the entirety of his career.

John Kilgallon commented on Martin’s achievement ‘Martin Reid is the first silk from pupillage to KC from the merged Chambers of 7 Harrington Street Chambers. We are all delighted and incredibly proud’.

Having progressed from pupillage under Mr. Richard Pratt KC Head of Chambers, Martin acknowledges the exceptional mentorship he received. Martin is, himself, the former Pupil Supervisor of Mr Jamie Baxter, and Miss Natasha Johnson, and is extremely proud of them both.

Richard Pratt KC celebrated Martin’s achievement ‘This prestigious recognition is well-earned and widely celebrated for Martin, bringing delight to everyone at the chambers. Since joining in 2003, his potential and talent were evident, and over the years, his practice has flourished. He has long been regarded as a ‘silk in waiting,’ and I am confident that he will quickly establish himself on ‘ the front row ‘ and become a Silk of high quality’.

We then heard from Jamie Baxter ‘I met Martin in 2015 when I was fortunate enough to begin pupillage at 7 Harrington Street Chambers and he was chosen as my pupil supervisor. Polite, charming, intelligent fair and hard working – are some words I would use to describe Martin, which many people within the legal domain would agree. I was delighted, although not surprised, when I heard the news that Martin had become King’s Counsel, a truly fantastic individual’.

Martin Reid’s journey from a pupil to King’s Counsel exemplifies the dedication, hard work, and support that define a successful legal career. His story is an inspiration for aspiring barristers, emphasising the importance of mentorship, diverse experiences, and a genuine passion for the law. As he enters this new chapter as Martin Reid KC, he remains a shining example of excellence in the legal profession.

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