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Merissa Martinez

Based in tropical North Queensland, Merissa Martinez brings international experience of dispute avoidance and resolution to clients anywhere in the world.  

She worked in Great Britain for 13 years, gaining experience on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK.

Merissa is instructed to assist in disputes concerning construction, commercial, administrative/public, consumer law and is on the Counsel panels for the Queensland government and the Commonwealth DPP. 

As a construction specialist, she has niche experience across the spectrum from fast-track statutory adjudications for progress payments to long-running complex engineering disputes in litigation or international arbitration. 

She is the co-author of two books, has written many articles and provided training for private clients at conferences and seminars.


Recommended in Doyle’s Guide as Emerging Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel, Queensland; shortlisted for the WLAQ Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year Award

Commenced practice at Paloma Chambers, Townsville

Partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP (London), a London City and International Law Firm, which won Construction Law Firm of the Year (2011) and Legal Firm of the Year (2010)

Recommended by the Legal 500 (leading UK law firms guide) for contentious construction

Solicitor – Trowers & Hamlins’ (London) contentious construction

Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales; worked for Treasury Solicitor, discovery for civil litigation arising from the Paddington Rail disaster; In-house assistant counsel, Betchel – Channel Tunnel Rail Link (London)

Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test in UK

Paralegal, working with Alstom Transport (Birmingham) and then at Lovells (London)

Admitted as Barrister-at-law in Queensland, Australia 

Associate to Deputy President Forgie, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Brisbane. Broad experience including: social security, veterans, environment, FOI, immigration, customs, aviation and pharmacies

Legal Officer, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Townsville


BA / LLB (Hons) James Cook University (JCU)

3rd International Jessup Moot Competition Written Memorial; 2nd JCU Moot Competition 

Winner, JCU Moot Competition; President of JCU Law Students’ Society

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