Martin Deutsch is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation group. For over 25 years he has acted for a number of publicly listed and multi-national corporations, including shopping centre owners and managers, banks, insurers, manufacturers and various other business enterprises on a variety of complex and often multifaceted legal matters. Martin practices in the area of commercial dispute resolution, specialising in property and leasing based disputes. Martin has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. Martin is an experienced mediator acting both as a party representative and an independent mediator and in 2004 was appointed to the panel of the NSW Retail Tenancy Unit.
Martin’s specialist areas of expertise are:

  • Retail leasing disputes
  • Property based disputes
  • Franchising disputes
  • Commercial real estate
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Contract law
  • Compliance
  • Corporate Law
  • Strategic advice and direction to clients in the management of complex commercial issues
  • Alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

Martin is recognised as providing pragmatic, industry specific advice to clients and is relied upon for his involvement in their business decisions. To his longstanding clients, Martin has become a trusted counsel and advisor, providing commercial solutions for corporate problems.


Martin was one of two key advisers to the owner of a Sydney CBD office building in relation to a proposal to develop serviced apartments. He's also acting for one of the market leaders in hospitality venues, including the largest venue of its type in the Southern Hemisphere in relation to various commercial issues.

Martin’s other experience includes:

  • acting for the world’s largest shopping centre owner in relation to retail leasing disputes and other litigious matters
  • acting for one of the largest diversified property groups in Australia in relation to retail leasing disputes
  • acting for a food franchising group comprising 230 franchised retail outlets, in relation to franchising and leasing disputes
  • advising a number of leading property developers in relation to commercial and leasing disputes
  • acting for one of Australia’s largest pharmaceutical companies dealing with matters involving compliance, leasing and disputes with manufacturers and franchisees
  • acting on one of the largest computer software copyright disputes dealt with in an Australian court
  • advising a multistate corporation involved in cargo and freight storage and transport, including compliance issues, building/ construction cases, providing advice on restructuring of the client’s business in conjunction with an accountant and providing general commercial advice on dealings with customers and competitors
  • advising a Chinese government organisation in relation to manufacture and supply issues in Australia as well as disputes with local companies
  • acting for a former Premier of New South Wales in relation to a number of personal matters.


24 May 2018 - Blog

Tax alert: ATO contacting Credit Suisse clients

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Recent reports in the Australian Financial Review say that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been contacting private clients of Credit Suisse in regards to what it considers suspicious transactions and secret overseas accounts.

18 April 2018 - Blog

Australian companies take note: You could be liable for failing to prevent your associates from engaging in foreign bribery

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Australian companies who conduct business abroad need to be aware of the imminent substantial change to the law regarding foreign bribery offences. If Australian companies fail to prevent their associates from engaging in foreign bribery, they could be subject to large penalties.

12 February 2018 - Blog

Key cases that transformed the legal landscape in 2017 - and how they will impact your business

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With 2017 now behind us, it is timely to reflect upon significant decisions in the past year which will impact your business. From a record award of damages for defamation, to the first decision under...