Martin Paisner CBE

Martin Paisner has been a Trustee of Cancerkin since December 2000. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Ovarian Cancer Action.

Martin Paisner is a senior partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner in the trust and personal tax planning department; specialising in private client work and also general estate planning, including the utilisation of trusts, both domestic and offshore for its resident and overseas clients. He helped to develop the firm’s acknowledged role as a leading adviser to charities, whether of a grant-making or functional nature. He is a trustee and honorary solicitor to numerous charities. Martin Paisner is also an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary College, University of London and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2003.

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 was named as an expert in charities and private clients in Legal Business Legal Experts 2000.

“It was commented that the firm has a “good reputation because of their partners” including the “effective” Martin Paisner…” – Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 1999/2000 (Charities section).

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 & 19th century literature) as well as pre-First World War travel.