Peter Martyr

Global Chief Executive
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Peter Martyr

Peter Martyr


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Peter Martyr is the Global Chief Executive of Norton Rose Fulbright. He is based in London.

Peter qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and became a partner in 1985. He practised as a commercial disputes lawyer, handling large-scale, international maritime, energy and insurance disputes. He became a member of Norton Rose’s Management Committee in 1995, and was responsible for changing the focus of the business from traditional practice areas to industry sectors. Peter was also responsible for setting up the Norton Rose Charitable Foundation in 2003.

Peter has been responsible for the successful expansion of the practice into Australia, Canada, Latin America, South Africa and, in June 2013, into the US, with the creation of Norton Rose Fulbright. In the course of Peter’s tenure as Chief Executive, the practice has won a number of awards and rankings, including top 5 rated legal practice in the Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index (2014-17); the Managing Partners’ Forum Exceptional Achievement Award (2014, 2013); City A.M. Law Firm of the Year Award (2012); the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Innovation in International Expansion Award (2011); The Lawyer Law Firm of the Year Award (2011); Legal Business Most Enterprising Law Firm of the Year (2010); The Lawyer HR Awards Innovation in Talent Management & Retention (2010); and The Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Resourcing Award (2009).

Peter was named one of American Lawyer’s top 50 innovators over the last 50 years (2013), Legal Week’s British Legal Awards Law Firm Leader of the Year (2012) and Legal Business Management Partner of the Year (2009); in December 2012, The Times listed Peter as one of 12 leading business figures of 2012.

In October 2018, as part of Norton Rose Fulbright's commitment to diversity and inclusion, Peter joined the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change, making a personal pledge to accelerate gender equality and inclusion within the firm.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales