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Martin Paisner CBE


Martin qualified as a solicitor in January 1970 and was appointed a partner with Paisner & Co in 1972. That firm had been founded by his late father Leslie Paisner in 1932, and following mergers post-2000 it ultimately became Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Throughout his career Martin has specialised in private client and charity, and his client base is both domestic and overseas.  He has become well-known in the charity sector, serving as a trustee on a considerable number of both grant making and functional charities.  He was appointed CBE in June 2004 in recognition of his charitable services.


Martin is a member of the Garrick and Reform Clubs. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, Worcester College, Oxford, King’s College London and IDC Herzliya, Israel.  He also holds Honorary Doctorates of the University of Glasgow and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Qualified 1970, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2020, partner 2020.

Martin is ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2024 as a Leading Individual in the practice area of personal tax, trusts & probate, and is recommended under the category of charities and not-for-profit. One testimonial reads: “I have enjoyed the privilege of working closely with Martin Paisner for some several decades. Martin’s professional work, whether as a private client adviser, his wonderful skills as a charity solicitor, or his numerous appointments as a trustee of more foundations than any other solicitor I know, is a testimony to the high regard and esteem in which he is held.”