Martin Paisner attended St Paul’s School, London (1956-1961), the Sorbonne, Paris (1961-1962), Worcester College, Oxford (1962-1965) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA (1966-1967). He obtained an MA from Oxford and an LLM from Michigan.

Martin qualified as a solicitor in January 1970 and became a partner with Paisner & Co in 1972 (that firm having merged with Berwin Leighton to form Berwin Leighton Paisner in May 2001). He has specialised throughout his career in the areas of charity law and private client practice. Apart from work of a general estate planning nature, including the application of trusts of a domestic and offshore nature both for UK and overseas clients, he has also been instrumental in developing the firm’s acknowledged role as a leading adviser to charities (both functional and grant-making). He is a trustee of a great many family trusts and charities.

Martin is a member of the Garrick Club and the Reform Club. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary College, University of London and Honorary Doctor of the University of Glasgow. He was appointed CBE in June 2004.

He is married with four children and his hobbies include antiquarian book collecting (18th and 19th century literature) as well as pre-First World War travel.