Martin Hyde studied at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. After a short period working as a criminal prosecutor in Sydney, he returned to the UK where he worked in the litigation department at Travers Smith. During his seven years at Travers Smith, Martin worked on a wide range of matters including the multi-billion dollar Enron shareholder class action. He also worked on death row cases on behalf of convicted prisoners from Trinidad and Tobago and was a trustee of the London Capital Cases Trust, the body that oversees final appeals by Caribbean death row prisoners to the Privy Council.
Martin was awarded the YSG Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the Law Society of England and Wales in the medium-sized firm category. He was also the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Solicitors Pro Bono Group Awards.
Martin Hyde returned to Australia in 2007 and joined Maurice Blackburn. He conducted the Centro Class Action, which settled six weeks into trial for $200m, making it the largest ever securities class action settlement in Australia. He then worked on the class action arising out of the 2009 Kilmore – Kinglake bushfire. It was caused by a fallen power line. The fire killed 119 people and destroyed 2500 homes. The case went to trial which ran for 16 months. After trial but before judgment, the parties agreed to settle for half a billion dollars, making it the largest class action settlement ever in Australia.
In September 2014, Martin Hyde was appointed Director of the litigation funding firms Claims Funding Europe and Claims Funding International. These entities presently fund large-scale litigation in a range of jurisdictions including the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Japan.