Martin Byres

Special Counsel

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A litigator with over 25 years’ experience, Martin specialises in commercial litigation, and has a particular focus on contractual, property and secured and unsecured debt recovery.  

He also has extensive experience in Coronial Inquests and workplace incident investigations.

Martin acts for Australian and international clients across a range of industries, including property investment, property development, banking, local councils, onshore oil and gas drilling, mining and fast-food restaurants.

Martin is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

Key deals

Rural Bank – A Division of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited

Acted for Rural Bank (and its predecessors) for more than 25 years on secured and unsecured debt recovery and defending damages claims brought in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland. Also advised on the appointment of receivers and managers under securities and managed and responded to disputes lodged by borrowers with the Commonwealth Financial Ombudsman Service and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.


Acted for Stockland in the Supreme Court of Queensland in the defence of a contractual claim for damages brought by a property developer, and also advised on legal proceedings regarding commercial leases in Waterfront Place and the Eagle Street Pier precinct.

ARCO Coal Australia

Acted for ARCO in an A$1 billion claim for a price adjustment under a coal supply agreement for the Curragh Mine in Central Queensland. The dispute involved complex questions of law and multiple experts.

Real Asset Management Group

Acted for Real Asset Management Group in commercial leasing disputes involving tenants at shopping centres situated in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

McDonald’s Australia Limited

Acted for McDonald’s in QCAT proceedings brought by its landlord in respect of a market rental determination by a specialist retail valuer under the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld).


Acted for Buildcorp in legal proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Queensland by the body corporate of a major residential development in Port Douglas.